Students are responsible for knowing and following the policies in the Student Handbook. The following includes highlights that students should be aware of as they begin a course.

Time Zone

NOVA Online assignment due dates are based on Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Use these directions to change the Time Zone in your Canvas settings to stay on track with assignments.

Closing Information

NOVA announces campus and college closings on the NOVA homepage. You can also receive notification by cell phone or email if you register for NOVA Alert.

When a course is canceled due to a weather event or other unforeseen situation, check the course Canvas site or NOVA email as soon as possible for instructions and assignments to avoid falling behind in coursework. You are expected to be up to date with all assignments the next time the class meets.

Please also review the college policies regarding emergency closings and late openings.

Course Drop/Withdrawal Policy

Please note two important dates related to your enrollment in a course:

Dropping a course after the census date and before the withdrawal date will result in a “W” grade appearing on your transcript.


Title IX is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs, activities, admission, and employment. Complaints of sex-based discrimination including discrimination based on sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnant or parenting status, sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual or gender-based harassment are governed by the Title IX Policy. The Title IX Office also provides support measures for students and employees related to any form of sex discrimination, harassment, or sexual violence as well as accommodations for pregnant and parenting students. For information about Title IX or to make a report, please visit the Title IX web page.

NOL Website

The NOVA Online Web Site will answer many general questions about NOVA Online and the courses available through us. Please also read for the policies that govern your enrollment and the services available to you. 

Call the NOVA Online Hotline at (703) 323-3347 or 1-888-4DL-NVCC (1-888-435-6822) if you are unable to find the answers to your questions or if you need further information.