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Student Records Access

The College enforces Public Law 93–380 in providing for the privacy of official student records and the rights of students to review these records. Students may review their official records by making a request to the Student Services Center. NOVA will not release any personally identifiable information other than directory information about a student without his or her permission, except to certain school and governmental officials as required by law.

As required by state law (SB559/HB984, §23–2.2:1), the VCCS provides the Virginia State Police with the following information about all students within seven days of their acceptance to the College: the student’s full name, Social Security number, date of birth, and gender. The State Police compare this information to the Virginia Criminal Information Network, as well as the National Crime Information Center Convicted Sexual Offender Registry File.

Requests by individuals and agencies for release of student information must be presented in writing. A student’s permission for the College to release any information must also be in writing. Information that is considered directory (public) information is described on the College Student Handbook webpage.