Policy Directory by Glossary Terms

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Named Professorship

Endowed chairs and eminent scholars chairs established by private donors, by the alumni association, or by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

National Airspace System

The National Airspace System (NAS) is the airspace, navigation facilities and airports of the United States along with their associated information, services, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, personnel, and equipment.

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity (NC-SARA) Agreement

Agreement that provides a streamlined mechanism to obtain approvals from participating states and U.S. territories to operate credit-bearing programs within their state or territory. The Agreement sets thresholds which if exceeded require additional approvals from the state where the programs are operating. The District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and all states except California are members of NC-SARA. The University of Virginia is a NC-SARA institutional participant.

National Fire Protection Association 70E Standard (NFPA, NFPA 70E)

The leading consensus standard and best work practices for electrical safety. This Standard is generally revised every 3 years by professionals in the electrical industry to stay up to date with best work practices in electrical safety.

Native American

A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North America and who is regarded as such by the community of which this person claims to be a part or who is recognized by a tribal organization.

Natural Disaster

An event of nature that causes extensive and/or severe threat to or destruction of life and/or property, as defined in Va. Code § 44-146.16. Typically, such situations are the result of wind, earth­quake, blizzard, ice storm, widespread fire, or flood.

Networked Camera

A camera used or potentially used for monitoring and/or recording public areas for the purposes of enhancing safety and security of people and property, discouraging criminal activity, and investigating incidents of alleged policy or criminal violations.

Networked Camera Monitoring

Viewing camera feeds in real-time.

Networked Camera Oversight Group

The University group charged with oversight of camera requests and approvals, composed of representatives from these areas: Safety and Security (including the Director of Safety and Security Systems and Technology as an ex-officio member); Executive Vice President & Provost; Student Affairs; either the Law School, Darden School, or the Medical School; Information Technology Services; University Architect; Facilities Management; and Medical Center Facilities and Safety.

Networked Camera Recording

A digital or analog recording of a feed from a networked camera.


Neutral: An individual who is trained or experienced in conducting dispute resolution proceedings and in providing dispute resolution services. This person has no stake in the dispute other than to assist the parties in reaching an agreement or resolution.

Nominal Hazard Zone (NHZ)

The nominal hazard zone describes the space within which the level of the direct, reflected or scattered radiation during operation exceeds the applicable MPE. Exposure levels beyond the boundary of the NHZ are below the applicable MPE level.


Individuals that are not paid through the University’s Human Resource system, such as contractors, students, visiting scholars, guests, and job candidates.

Non-Exempt Employee

An employee who, based on salary and duties performed, is not exempt from the minimum wage and overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and must be compensated at a rate of one and one-half times his/her regular rate of pay for hours worked in excess of 40 in a workweek.

Non-Federal Award

A Sponsored Award of non-federal funds, as well as non-federally funded Subawards received by the University from other organizations.

Non-Master Key

By distinction of its unique “cut,” this is a key capable of unlocking only one specific pinned keyway.

Non-Recorded Course Materials

Course-related educational materials including, but not limited to, lectures, syllabi, lecture notes, exams, problem sets, and presentations.

Non-Student Users

All users except for those whose sole affiliation with the University is student or applicant.

Non-University Employee

A Cardholder that is not identified as an employee in the University’s Human Resource system. It could be a student or contractor. Also known as the Expense Owner.

Noncommercial Filming

Filming for non-commercial, scholarly or academic use, personal use, or use to promote a recognized University unit, group or organization (including a University-Associated Organization) or its activities and programs.

Nonresident Alien

A foreign national temporarily present in the United States who is not a resident alien. Nonresident aliens are taxed according to special rules contained in certain parts of the Internal Revenue Code. A “nonresident alien” will become a “resident alien” in one of two ways: (1) by being admitted to the U.S. as, or changing status to, a Lawful Permanent Resident under the Immigration Laws (the Green Card test); or (2) by passing the Substantial Presence Test (a numerical formula which measures days of presence in the U.S.). (26 USC 7701(b).)

Non–Contract Vendor

A vendor that has not been awarded a term agreement. A purchase of $5,000 or more from a non-contract vendor requires competition. 

Non–Degree–Seeking Student

A student who has received permission to enroll and is registered for coursework at the University but is not enrolled in one of the University’s degree-granting programs.

Non–Designated Employee

An employee whose assigned job duties and responsibilities are not immediately critical to maintaining the essential services of the University when normal University operations are disrupted as a result of an emergency event. 

Non–Exempt Employee

An employee who is subject to the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act based on duties performed for time worked and recorded. Non-exempt employees are compensated at a rate of one and one-half times the employee's regular rate of pay for time worked in excess of 40 in a workweek.

Non–General Funds

Resources which are earned or generated by the University such as tuition, F&A recoveries, grants and contracts, auxiliaries, or private resources.

Non–Governmental Person

Any person, firm, corporation, partnership, or entity (including the federal government and its agencies) that is not a state or local governmental unit. University-Associated Organizations (UAOs) are considered Non-Governmental Persons except where tax-exempt bonds have been issued by the University specifically for the benefit of the UAO (such bonds commonly referred to as “501(c)(3) bonds” or “qualified private activity bonds”).

Non–Immigrant Alien

An alien (foreign national) whose reason for coming to the United States involves a temporary stay that will end when its purpose has been accomplished.

Non–Monetary Awards
  • Meals, trips, plaques, trophies, desk items, cups and mugs;
  • Personal items of clothing such as caps, shirts, and sweatshirts; and
  • Other items such as tools, electronics, radios, sports equipment and time pieces.
Non–Tenure–Track Faculty

Non-tenure-track faculty positions may be grouped according to two major functional categories:

Academic: Those positions that normally involve a range of responsibilities that do not encompass the full scope expected from traditional tenure-track academic positions (e.g., an extraordinarily high obligation to research with minimal classroom instruction; or major responsibilities for teaching and/or clinical practice without research obligations).

Administrative and professional: Those positions that provide services to faculty, students and staff in order to support the institution’s primary missions of instruction, research and public service.

Administrative faculty require the performance of work directly related to the management of the education and general activities of the institution, department or subdivision thereof, and are normally within three reporting steps of the president.

Professional faculty require advanced learning and experience acquired by prolonged formal instruction and/or specialized work experience and are normally limited to librarians, counselors and other professional positions serving education, research, medical, student affairs and other such activities.

In cases where a non-tenure-track faculty member performs a mix of academic and administrative/professional duties, the academic duties must represent at least fifty (50) percent effort for the position to be classified as academic.