Welcome to the Northern Virginia Community College Website

Accessibility Navigation:

College Safety

Call 911 in life threatening emergencies.

College Safety

The safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors at NOVA is a top priority. We want to create and maintain a safe, secure environment where learning can flourish. Each campus is staffed with police and public safety officials, emergency preparedness plans and a system for notifying students of campus closures due to inclement weather or other safety issues.

College Police

Call the NOVA Police dispatch to request information or police services, report a crime or file a complaint.


Stay Informed

NOVA Alert – Text Alert System

NOVA Alert is an alert broadcast system that allows the College to contact you during an emergency (school closings, weather, crime, etc.) by sending text messages to your cell phone and email (school, personal, other).

Sign Up for NOVA Alert

LiveSafe – Mobile App

LiveSafe allows you to report tips or request emergency services anonymously from NOVA Police; send your location to NOVA Police; let friends or family monitor your movements; share your concerns and suggestions with NOVA Police and have critical safety information at your fingertips.

Click here for more information.

NOVACares and Sexual Assault Services


The NOVACares Office helps to address concerning behavior by providing support to students, faculty and staff in need of intervention. It meets the requirements of federal, state and VCCS policy to help prevent campus-based violence. To find out more or to submit an online report about concerning behavior visit NOVACares.

Sexual Assault Services (SAS)

SAS offers free and confidential services to members of the NOVA community who have been impacted by sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating/partner violence and/or stalking. A Sexual Assault Services Coordinator is on call 24 hours a day via cell phone or email:

Emergency Preparedness

An emergency can occur at any time without warning. The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) provides guidance, direction and training to the College and its faculty, staff, students and visitors in the prevention, protection, response and recovery from all incidents or events.

Emergency Preparedness

Emergencies on Campus

Know how your campus will respond in the event of an emergency and find out what you should do.

Campus Emergency Procedures

Report a Crime

For fire or life-threatening emergencies, call 911. Otherwise, call 703.764.5000.

Annual Security Reports

These reports include information about crime, safety policies and helpful community resources.

Annual Security Reports

Emergency Call Boxes

Call boxes are located in all campus parking lots and other campus locations. The boxes automatically dispatch Campus Police to your location at the push of the button and are marked by a blue light at night. Remember to push the button to talk and then release the button to listen.

Parking Escorts
If you have safety concerns, police escorts are available at any time to help you to your car. Call 703.764.5000 for a police escort.
Protect Your Safety

The following are some external resources to assist you:

Local Police Information
  • ALEXANDRIA CITY: 703.838.4444
  • FAIRFAX COUNTY: 703.691.2131
  • LOUDOUN COUNTY SHERIFF: 703.777.1021
  • PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY: 703.792.6500
Sex Offender Registry

The Federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000 requires all colleges to issue a statement advising the campus community where information on registered sex offenders can be obtained. The State Police website www.vsp.state.va.us provides information about registered sex offenders. Once you are on their website, click on Sex Offender Registry.

College Closure
If the College is closed due to inclement weather, a notice will appear on the NOVA home page, the Emergency Preparedness page, on social media and on our cable TV station (19, 25, 37 or 59). You may also call 703.323.3000, 703.323.3770 or 703.330.3770 (Prince William County) for closure information.
Lost & Found

Contact your local campus police office for lost and found services.