Northern Virginia Community College is committed to the goals and ethics of academic investigation and education. The foundation of academic pursuit is the process of free inquiry, in which individuals may openly explore and express ideas. Free inquiry requires an environment that encourages open investigation, as well as the educational growth and positive social development of individuals.
Prominent among NOVA’s community standards are tenants of leadership, mutual respect, and civility for all. Membership in Nighthawk activities require a concern for the common good and the wellbeing for all partners within our community. Respect and civility is afforded to all individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, family status, socioeconomic level, educational background, veteran status, or position.