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Reporting FAQ

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For further information, please contact NOVACares at mchenault@nvcc.edu.

How Do I Know What to Report?

The NOVACares Office uses the NOVACares Reporting System to track reports in these main areas: 1) Academic Integrity Violation, 2) Concerning Behavior 3) Conduct or Disciplinary Incidents and 4) Sexual Misconduct. Please see the list of concerns on the NOVACares Reporting Form. There is a choice called "Other” for an issue that concerns you, but isn’t listed. If something bothers you, report it. You may feel that some behaviors are mildly concerning, but do not require intervention. In such cases, you can submit your report as an FYI and the information will be held in the database for future referrals.

Where Can I Report Concerns?

In non-emergency situations, please submit a NOVACares Report. In emergency situations, contact NOVA Police if you are on campus or are reporting an incident that occurred on campus. Contact NOVA Police at 703.764.5000. If the incident occurred off campus, contact the law enforcement office that serves that locality. Afterward, please submit a NOVACares Report on the incident, even if the police responded.

Who Can File a Report?

Anyone can complete and submit a NOVACares Reporting Form. If you feel that a member of the NOVA College Community (students, faculty, staff, vendors, contractors or visitors) is displaying or exhibiting concerning behavior, you are encouraged to file a report using NOVACares.

Can I File a Self-Report?

Yes, you may complete a NOVACares Report for yourself if you need help dealing with an issue(s) that compromises your mental, emotional or physical safety. If you need immediate intervention, please contact NOVA police at 703.764.5000. If you are off-campus call 911 for local community police response.

Can I Submit a Report Anonymously?

Yes, you may submit an anonymous NOVACares Report by leaving the self-identification areas of the report blank. You must at least complete all mandatory fields, which are marked with "required" in red font. Anonymous reports are evaluated based on the information provided; we encourage you to include contact information so that we can follow-up on incomplete or missing information.

What Happens After I Submit a Report?

Once you submit a report, the database will generate a confirmation response indicating that the report has been received using the NOVACares Report. The NOVACares Office then screens the report for immediate risk level and assigns the report to the most appropriate responder. You will receive this information by email.

Is My Report Confidential?

NOVA strives to keep the reporter’s identity confidential. In cases of violations of the Student Code of Conduct or criminal matters, this may not be possible. However, the reporter will be notified in cases where their identity will be shared.

Will I Be Told How My Concerns Are Being Addressed?

Resolutions will be shared on a “need to know” basis. Due to privacy laws, you may not receive detailed information on the intervention that took place. You will receive an email from the NOVACares Office letting you know the report was assigned and who the lead NOVACares Responder is. You are encouraged to follow up with this responder if you have additional details about the incident.