Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any active LGBTQ student groups or organizations at NOVA?
YES. Several NOVA campuses have active LGBTQ student organizations. Contact the Student Life Office at each campus for contact information about current student organizations or for information on starting a new student organization.
What should I do if I feel threatened, harassed, bullied, stalked, or if I am attacked?
If you are injured or in danger, call 911 or College Police immediately. Once you are in a safe place, you can contact either the NOVACares or the SAS office for confidential support. College Police can assist you if an assault has taken place. If you wish to report an incident of sexual misconduct, the Title IX Office can assist you with filing a report.
How does NOVA respond to bias-related incidents?
NOVA takes all incidents of bias and harassment – including anti-LGBTQ – seriously. Depending on the type of incident and who is alleged to have committed the harassment, there are a variety of ways NOVA may respond.
- Student complaints of discrimination by a College employee may be handled through the Student Grievance
- Faculty, staff and third parties may submit complaints of discrimination to the Equal Opportunity Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Complaints about students are handled through the Student Conduct System. Reports can be submitted online at NOVACares.
- Complaints of sex-based discrimination, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual or gender-based harassment are governed by the Title IX Policy and may be submitted to email@example.com.
Are sexual orientation and gender identity included in NOVA’s non-discrimination policy?
YES. NOVA includes sexual orientation and gender identity in its non-discrimination policy.
- RAINN: National Resources for Sexual Assault Survivors and their Loved Ones
- Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity: Mental Health Resource Guide
- The Trevor Project: Resources
- Suicide Preventions Lifeline: LGBTQ+
- PFLAG: Support Hotlines -: Crisis Intervention/Suicide Prevention
- Loveisrespect.org: 1-866-331-9474/text: “loveis” to 22522; youth and dating violence support services.
- malesurvivor: This site has information and a therapist search for male survivors of sexual violence.
- 1in6: Provides educational information and resources for men who have been sexually abused or assaulted.
- SPARTA: Servicemembers, Partners, Allies for Respect and Tolerance for All. LGBTQ military organization.