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In support of its overall mission, NOVA creates and maintains well-articulated and understandable policies and procedures to which the entire college community has ready access online. NOVA policies and procedures conform to the policies and procedures of the Virginia Community College System and the laws and regulations of the Commonwealth of Virginia and of the United States. If a college policy or procedure is in conflict with an equivalent or related policy of the VCCS or with a law or regulation of the Commonwealth, the policy of VCCS or the law or regulation of the Commonwealth takes precedence and the NOVA policy or procedure will be modified to be in compliance.

This NOVA Policies webpage contains the most current approved version of all College policies, with links to applicable procedures and forms. These documents constitute the only official College-wide policies. Departments that wish to include any of these policies on their own website should link to the version on this site so as to avoid multiple (and potentially inconsistent) versions of the policy on College's website.

This webpage will be updated as additional policies are approved.

  • Policy Work Group 2021 - 2022

    The College has established a Policy Work Group, whose charge is to:

    1. Ensure that proposed policies address a College need or mandate and are consistent with the College’s mission, goals and priorities;
    2. Review draft policies for conflicts with existing College and VCCS policies and procedures;
    3. Ensure that each College policy has an identified Responsible Office;
    4. Solicit input from relevant College constituencies and consider and respond to that input;
    5. Submit comments to Responsible Office, which will finalize the draft policy and submit to Administrative Council for approval.

    Membership includes representatives from each of the following areas:



    Academic Affairs

    Barbara Hopkins

    Academic Deans

    Alison Thimblin

    College Senate

    Ashlie Warnick

    Deans of Student Success

    Kathleen Odigé

    Financial Aid

    Nichele Inboden

    Human Resources

    Charlotte Calobrisi


    Matt Todd


    Molly Lynch

    Finance & Administration

    Ina Dimkova

    Finance & Administration

    Cory Thompson


    Anita Dubey

    Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

    Nate Carter

    Student Services

    Richmond Hill

    NOVA Online

    Dawn Kolakoski

    College Computing

    Shelli Jarvis

    College Policy Manager

    Willie Pomeroy

  • Recently Approved Policies
  • Policies Currently Under Review
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    • Charge Card Policy
    • Individual Liability Travel Card Policy