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FAQs for Students

For an overview of health and safety expectations for Fall 2020, visit our Public Health Measures guidelines.

Public Health and Safety

Will the University provide health and safety supplies to students?
All students will be provided two cloth face coverings, two 2-ounce containers of hand sanitizer and a touch-tool, which is meant to assist in tasks such as opening doors and punching keypads, hands free.
How will the University promote social distancing practices?

The most important way to prevent the spread of the virus is for students, faculty and staff to commit to abide by the University’s social distancing and face covering requirements and to follow the CDC’s  recommendations for protecting yourself and others, which include frequent and thorough handwashing, avoiding close contact, cleaning and disinfecting, among other measures.

UVA Classes will be held in rooms that can accommodate students and faculty while maintaining six-feet separation between people. In labs and while exercising in gyms, separation will be greater. Signs will be installed, and furnishings and fixtures will be repositioned as needed to promote social distancing. Physical barriers will be installed at public service locations. UTS buses will have reduced capacity and service hours will be adjusted to allow enhanced cleaning/ sanitation of the fleet midday and after hours. Dining halls and retail dining locations will reduce seating capacity, maintain counts at entrances and exits, and add outside locations where possible for food pick-up.

Am I allowed to leave Charlottesville between my arrival and Thanksgiving? Do I need to tell anyone if I leave?

The University will not place restrictions on students’ travel beyond Charlottesville, but you are strongly encouraged to remain in Charlottesville to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. It’s always a good idea to let your roommate or apartment-mates know where you are if you will be gone for a period of time. The University has extended its prohibition on all official University international and non-essential domestic travel. The University has adjusted the academic calendar to conclude classes prior to Thanksgiving, when many students will travel.

Can I hang out informally with my friends in places like Newcomb, 1515, the common spaces in dorms, etc.?

Student gatherings will need to be small and adhere to all current University and public health and safety guidelines, including the use of facial coverings, physical distancing, and other standards outlined in Policy SEC-045. These rules are subject to change as public health conditions evolve.

How will COVID-19 safety precautions be reinforced in the residence halls?
Resident Advisors will provide training for dorm residents at the beginning of the year on rules and regulations pertaining to COVID-19 and how they apply to housing and residence life.  If students have questions, Resident Advisors will be able to direct them to additional resources.  Failure to comply with University requirements may result in disciplinary action in accordance with relevant policies.
How are we isolating students who contract COVID-19?
First, it’s helpful to note that isolation and quarantine are different terms. Isolation refers to cases where an individual has a confirmed infection. Quarantine refers to situations where an individual has been exposed but may or may not be infected. The University has set aside housing for both the isolation and quarantine of students who reside in University housing. Students should contact Student Health if they are sick or believe that they have been exposed by a close contact.
What constitutes a "close contact" for contract tracing?
For COVID-19, the CDC defines a close contact as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. The public health evaluation of close contacts to patients with laboratory-confirmed or probable COVID-19 may vary depending on the exposure setting and in some cases a time limit of 10 minutes rather than 15 minutes may be used.
How will health be monitored throughout the semester?

All students, faculty, and staff planning to be on Grounds will complete a daily check on symptoms related to COVID-19 through the HOOS Health Check app or by email. The HOOS Health Check app is designed to make individuals aware of their symptoms, to encourage personal responsibility, and, if the individual exhibits symptoms, to provide resources and next steps for testing. Instructions for downloading HOOS Health Check will be provided in mid-August.

Testing

 

I am a student in an early start program who took a self-administered test early and got a positive result. What should I do?
Anyone with a positive test result should self-isolate immediately to avoid infecting others. Per CDC recommendations, you should self-isolate until all of these criteria are met:
  • 10 days have passed since the date of your positive test or 10 days have passed since you developed symptoms (whichever is longer)
  • You have been fever-free for at least 24 hours wihtout the use of fever-reducing medication
  • Your symptoms are improving
In order to return to Grounds (meaning in-person coursework and activities), you will be required to attest that all of the above criteria are met. You may attend classes virtually until you complete your isolation.You should inform your health care provider of your positive test result. If you are a student living in Charlottesville with severe symptoms, please contact Student Health and Wellness at 434-982-3915 during business hours, and after hours at 434-297-4261. For a medical emergency, call 911. If you have no symptoms or mild symptoms and are living in Charlottesville, you can contact Student Health and Wellness during normal business hours to report your positive test result.If you live on-Grounds and are not able to isolate in your room (i.e., you do not have your own room and bathroom), you should contact the Office of the Dean of Students for isolation housing at 434-924-7133 during business hours or 434-924-7166 after hours. The after-hours number is the UPD administrative line; simply ask for the Dean on Call.
What does it mean for students to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to their return to Grounds?

Beginning 14 days prior to returning to Grounds, we strongly recommend that students self-quarantine. This means the student should stay home, separate from others outside the home, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.  This is a protective measure that limits exposure to individuals who may be infected with COVID-19 and can transmit the virus. We recognize that this may pose challenges, but it is a highly effective measure to limit the spread of virus to Grounds once school restarts.

If a student is unable to self-quarantine, it is essential that the student minimize contact with others during this 14-day period. Specifically, the student should not attend any large social events or interact with more than a few people (3-5) at a time. Students should be vigilant in physical distancing (maintaining at least a 6-foot distance between the student and others), using a face covering, washing hands frequently, refraining from touching their face (especially eyes) without washing hands first.

If you have been living abroad, regardless of your nationality, you are required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the U.S.  See FAQ below: What if I am coming to Charlottesville from outside the U.S.? What do I do about self-quarantining and testing?

If I live off-Grounds, am I expected to self-quarantine for 14 days?

We strongly recommend that all students self-quarantine beginning 14 days prior to returning to Grounds. For students living off-Grounds, this self-quarantine period should begin at least 14 days prior to beginning classes. We recognize that this may pose challenges, but it is a highly effective measure to limit the spread of virus to Grounds once school restarts. If students are already in Charlottesville/ Albemarle, they should self-quarantine (with roomates as necessary) and self-test as soon as possible. Upon completion of their self-quarantine, students should continue to avoid crowds, practice physical distancing, wear a face covering, and wash their hands frequently.

If I live off-Grounds, am I required to take a test before classes begin?

All students in Charlottesville/ Albemarle are required to be tested before they return to Grounds, whether that is to move into a residence hall or to begin classes. Students are strongly encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days before they begin classes and to test approximately 7 days into this self-quarantine period.

If students are already in Charlottesville/ Albemarle, they should order their test kit as soon as the portal opens, self-test and return their test kit as soon as possible. They should also complete their self-quarantine (with roommates as necessary), and continue to avoid crowds, practice physical distancing, wear a face covering, and wash hands frequently

What if I am coming to Charlottesville from outside the U.S.? What do I do about self-quarantining and testing?
If you have been living abroad, regardless of your nationality, you will need to follow several special requirements. This is because test kits can be mailed only to U.S. addresses by the third-party vendor. Requirements include:
  •  Plan on connecting with UVA’s International Studies Office as your gateway to Charlottesville and the University. Whether you are an international student or a domestic student coming from abroad, ISO will be your gateway. You can reach ISO by calling 434-982-3010 or emailing hoosabroad@virginia.edu
  • Once you have your valid visa/travel documents and a flight itinerary, please complete this brief survey. If your travel plans change after submitting the survey or if you have questions, you may email hoosabroad@virginia.edu.
  • After you arrive in the U.S., you will need to self-quarantine for 14 days. ISO will be able to provide more details about this process based on whether you plan to live in a residence hall on the UVA Grounds or in housing located off Grounds.
  • Depending on the location of your self-quarantine, you may need to plan for food supplies or deliveries and additional resources. Unfortunately, the University cannot deliver to private off-Grounds locations.
  • Like other students, you will need to self-administer a COVID-19 test. You should plan to order the test as soon as you begin your self-quarantine so it will arrive promptly (you will receive ordering instructions). Be sure to specify the address where you are quarantining as the delivery location.
  • Other FAQs provide more information about test results and what occurs after receiving your results.
ISO will be providing more detailed information about the above requirements in the near future.
I am under 18 and the vendor cannot send me a test kit. What do I need to do?
Separate instructions will be sent to all minors. Minors cannot order a test kit through the vendor's portal.
If I am already in town, do I need to take a test? If so, should I request an at-home test kit or go somewhere in person? Do I still need to self-quarantine?
Yes, all students who will be living in Charlottesville or Albemarle County in the Fall 2020 semester must be tested. If you are not experiencing symptoms, please request a test kit from the UVA-approved vendor as soon as you receive word that the portal is open; take and return the test following the vendor's instructions as soon as possible. If you believe that you have special circumstances, please contact your program director. All students are strongly encouraged to self-quarantine for at least 14 days prior to their return to Grounds. Students who are already living locally and who are not already coming to Grounds for academic, athletic, or work reasons should self-quarantine with their roommates and continue to avoid crowds, practice physical distancing, wear a face covering, and wash their hands frequently.
If I will be living in Charlottesville/Albemarle but taking all of my classes online, do I still need to take a test?
Yes, all students who will live in Charlottesville or Albemarle County for the Fall 2020 semester are required to be tested whether or not their classes are online. We are requiring students to be tested to reduce introduction of the virus to the local community by students who may be asymptomatic but test positive prior to their return.
Why isn't the University requiring faculty and staff to be tested before returning to work on Grounds as it is requiring of students?
The majority of UVA's workforce has been working remotely since March and living locally. We are requring students to be tested to reduce introduction of the virus to the local community by students who may be asymptomatic but test positive prior to their return.
How will I get a test kit to take a mandatory test? Where do I send it?

Students will be notified in the first week of August of the test availability (at no charge) from a 3rd party vendor and directed to an online portal to order kits which will be sent to those students with return instructions. Students should order their kit as soon as possible after the portal opens, preferably by August 5th.

Approximately 7 days before returning to Grounds, each student will self-administer a COVID-19 test and return the sample back for viral testing according to the vendor's instructions.

  • For students who live on-Grounds, the return to Grounds is considered the day on which the student will move into University housing.
  • For students who live off-Grounds, the return to Grounds is considered the student’s first day of classes.
  • If a student is already in Charlottesville/ Albemarle* they should take their test as soon as possible and return it to the vendor on the same day. They do not need to wait until 7 days prior to their first class. 
  • *If you are among the graduate students (whether living on- or off-Grounds) who have received testing instructions through your early-start program, you do not need to order another test kit. 

Test results will be available approximately 24-48 hours after the laboratory receives a student’s sample. Students must send their sample back no fewer than 7 days prior to their planned arrival on Grounds to allow time for the lab to process their test and send the results to Student Health.

The test kits from the 3rd party vendor can only be sent to addresses in the United States. Thus, any student traveling from abroad, regardless of their nationality, will be tested during their 14-day self-quarantine following their arrival in the U.S.  Students mat consult with the International Studies Office for more details. Students under the age of 18 will receive separate instructions.

Am I able to specify where to send my test kit?
Yes. When students order their test kit through the portal, they can specify where to send it. Students are asked to order their test kit as soon as possible when the portal opens, preferably before August 5th. If a student waits to order their kit, there may be delays in shipping.Students can self-test while they are self-quarantining, which can occur in off-Grounds housing if that is where the student is living. The link to the portal will be provided via email to students. Once the student orders the test, it will be sent via overnight delivery. Note that test kits cannot be sent outside of the United States or to minors. Please refer to the FAQ for students who are coming to Charlottesville from outside the U.S. Students under the age of 18 will receive separate instructions.
Do I need to pay for the test kit?
No, the University is covering the cost of testing students who use the approved 3rd-party vendor before they return to Grounds.
Should I wait until seven days prior to my planned return to Grounds to self-test and return the test kit to the vendor?
Students should order their test kit as soon possible when the portal opens, preferably by August 5th, and test according to the schedule below. After testing, students should complete their 14-day self-quarantine and continue to avoid crowds, practice physical distancing, wear a face covering, and wash hands frequently.
  • Undergraduate students in residence halls: test and return sample seven (7) days prior to move-in.
  • Graduate students in residence halls: test and return sample seven (7) days prior to move-in, but if you are already living in University housing, test and return ASAP.
  • Students living off Grounds in Charlottesville or Albemarle County: test and return sample seven (7) days prior to moving to Charlottesville or Albemarle County. You are required to take and return a test sample even if you will be attending all your classes remotely. If you are already back in Charlottesville or Albemarle County, please test and return ASAP.
  • Students living outside Charlottesville or Albemarle County who plan to come to Grounds for learning activities: Test and return sample seven (7) days prior to the first day of class or the first instance of a learning activity, whichever comes first. Learning activities include any in-person activity, such as taking an in-person class, attending office hours, meeting with a student study group, or visiting the library or gym.
  • Students under 18 years of age will receive separate instructions.
  • Students coming from outside the U.S. will test during their 14-day self-quarantine once they arrive in the U.S.
  • Students participating in early arrival University-sponsored programs have already received communications from their school or program about testing. They do not need to order a test kit.
If I want to see my own doctor/ I am not using one of the test kits from the University's approved vendor, where should I send my test results so that I can be cleared to return to Grounds?
Students are strongly encouraged to use the 3rd party vendor for testing to ensure that results are received by Student Health in a timely manner and to help students avoid breaking their 14-day self-quarantine to visit a doctor’s office or pharmacy. If a student strongly prefers to be tested by another provider, the student may arrange for a test to be performed at the student’s own expense, and provide the test result to Student Health via the Healthy Hoos Portal.
What happens to my test results?
The laboratory will provide the student with test results through an online portal and will simultaneously notify Student Health of the test results. Students who receive a negative test result will be automatically cleared to return to Grounds.
How quickly will my test results be ready? Will I be notified of the results?
Test results are expected to be available within three business days of the lab's receipt of your kit. Your result will be recorded in your account through the vendor. The lab will send the results directly to Student Health.
What happens if my test results are not in by the time I am scheduled to move into my on-Grounds housing?
Students should order their test kit as soon as possible when the portal opens, preferably by August 5th. They should self-quarantine 14 days prior to their planned return to Grounds. Students should take their sample and return the kit on the same day, following the vendor’s instructions, at least 7 days prior to their planned return to Grounds.If a student is not cleared prior to their move-in date, they can arrange to move in later. If they are not cleared before classes begin, they may attend classes virtually until they are cleared. 
If I test negative for COVID-19, what should I do next?

If your test is negative, you will be cleared to return to Grounds with the expectation that you will continue to self-quarantine and rely on the CDC-recommended guidelines for physical distancing, use of face masks, regular hand washing, and limiting contact with others. All students should take the same precautions in their travel back to Grounds. These steps are crucial to keep members of the UVA community and our Charlottesville neighbors safe, and we ask that all students take responsibility for protecting our numerous faculty, staff, students, and neighbors who are at high risk of serious COVID-19 complications. We cannot stress enough how important this step is in keeping Grounds and the Charlottesville community safe. 

If I test positive for COVID-19, what should I do next? How will I be cleared to return to Grounds?

If your test is positive, you will be asked to self-isolate at home and you will not be cleared to return to Grounds.  Students who receive a positive test result should consult a local health provider right away.  Per CDC recommendations, students should self-isolate until all of these criteria are met:

  • 10 days have passed since the date of your positive test or 10 days have passed since you developed symptoms (whichever is longer)
  • You have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications
  • Your symptoms are improving

In order to return to Grounds, you will be required to attest that you have met all of the above criteria.  You may attend classes virtually if your isolation period extends beyond the first day of classes. You will not be required to provide a follow-up test result.
 
Your local health department will contact you to identify people who may have been exposed to you during your infectious period. Please make sure to answer their call or to return their call promptly. In the meantime, your close contacts should self-quarantine while awaiting advice from the health department.    
 
You should inform your health care provider of your positive test result.  If you are a student living in Charlottesville, you should consider Student Health and Wellness to be your health care provider. Most people who contract coronavirus are unlikely to have severe symptoms. However, if you feel very unwell, are experiencing breathing difficulties, or feel that you need treatment from a medical professional, you should call your health care provider immediately.
              
If you are a student living in Charlottesville with severe symptoms, please contact Student Health and Wellness at 434-982-3915 during business hours, and after hours at 434-297-4261. For a medical emergency, call 911. If you have no symptoms or mild symptoms and are living in Charlottesville, you can contact Student Health and Wellness during normal business hours to report your positive test result.

Why doesn’t the University require students who test positive to stay away until they have a negative test result?
Studies have shown that individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will continue to shed viral RNA and test positive for the virus several weeks after they are no longer contagious. The CDC does not recommend testing within 3 months after the date of symptom onset for the initial COVID-19 infection. According to the CDC, for most persons with COVID-19 illness, isolation and precautions can generally be discontinued 10 days after symptom onset and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. For persons who never develop symptoms, isolation and other precautions can be discontinued 10 days after the date of their first positive RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 RNA.
If I tested positive in the last 90 days, the CDC does not recommend that I re-test. What information do I need to provide to get cleared? What if I was ill with a suspected COVID-19 infection but was not tested?
Beginning 14 days prior to returning to Grounds, we strongly recommend that all students self-quarantine.Students who tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days should provide date-stamped proof of their test result to Student Health.  In addition, per CDC guidance, anyone with a positive test result must self-isolate for 10 days after the date of the positive test or for 10 days after the development of symptoms and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications (whichever is longer).Students who were previously ill with a suspected COVID-19 infection but cannot provide a date-stamped positive test result should order a test kit from the University's approved vendor and take the test approximately 7 days prior to returning to Grounds, during their self-quarantine. Test results will be available approximately 24-48 hours after the laboratory receives the student's sample. If their result is positive, they should self-isolate for 10 days after the date of their positive test or for 10 days after the development of symptoms and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications (whichever is longer). Students with a positive test result will be cleared to return to Grounds upon completing this mandatory self-isolation.Students may delay their move into on-Grounds housing and attend classes virtually if their isolation period extends beyond their move-in date/ the first day of classes.    
What constitutes a "close contact" for contract tracing?
For COVID-19, the CDC defines a close contact as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. The public health evaluation of close contacts to patients with laboratory-confirmed or probable COVID-19 may vary depending on the exposure setting and in some cases a time limit of 10 minutes rather than 15 minutes may be used.
What can I expect if a contact tracer calls me?
It is very important that you promptly communicate with a health department contact tracer and cooperate through their interview process.
I will live on Grounds and have been told that I should have a “Go-Bag” packed in case I need it later. What should I include in it?

If you live on Grounds, you should prepare a Go-Bag with personal items in case you need to go into isolation or quarantine. The Go-Bag should contain necessary toiletries (e.g., soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, and other personal hygiene items), sufficient clothing, laptop and school supplies, chargers for electronics, medications, and any other personal items.

As a student living off Grounds, how should my apartment-mates and I prepare for the fall?

Since the University does not have the capacity to provide quarantine or isolation housing for students living off Grounds, you and your apartment-mates should view yourselves as a family unit or pod. Please take some time before everyone moves back, or shortly thereafter, to discuss COVID-19 expectations for your pod—wearing a mask or facial covering whenever you are in public, physical distancing six or more feet when you are with people outside of your pod, and carrying hand sanitizer with you whenever you don’t have access to soap and water. Please also plan for how you would approach the need to quarantine or isolate. In some cases, the best solution may be to move back to your permanent home, especially if you need care. You might also make prior arrangements to stay elsewhere with a friend should a housemate be diagnosed with COVID-19 (if you otherwise do not need to quarantine).

If returning to your permanent home or staying with a friend are not options, you should follow CDC guidance for living in close quarters. Remember that classes are offered remotely, so you have flexibility on where you live.

What happens to my test results from Let’s Get Checked and how quickly will I receive them?
Student Health and Wellness must receive your COVID-19 test results prior to your return to Grounds. Let’s Get Checked will send your results to Student Health automatically, at the same time you can view your results in the online account you set up with Let’s Get Checked.You should expect your test results to be available within three business days of the lab's receipt of your kit.
What if I don’t use Let’s Get Checked, the University's vendor, for my test?
If you receive test results from another provider, Student Health and Wellness still must receive your results prior to your return to Grounds. Please upload your test result through the Student Health patient portal at http://www.healthyhoos.virginia.edu. If you test positive you should self-isolate for 10 days after the date of a positive test or for 10 days after the development of symptoms and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications (whichever is longer). You will need to complete the attestation form on the Student Health patient portal to be cleared to return to Grounds.

Ongoing Measures

Am I allowed to leave Charlottesville between my arrival and Thanksgiving? Do I need to tell anyone if I leave?

The University will not place restrictions on students’ travel beyond Charlottesville, but you are strongly encouraged to remain in Charlottesville to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. It’s always a good idea to let your roommate or apartment-mates know where you are if you will be gone for a period of time. The University has extended its prohibition on all official University international and non-essential domestic travel. The University has adjusted the academic calendar to conclude classes prior to Thanksgiving, when many students will travel.

Can I hang out informally with my friends in places like Newcomb, 1515, the common spaces in dorms, etc.?

Student gatherings will need to be small and adhere to all current University and public health and safety guidelines, including the use of facial coverings, physical distancing, and other standards outlined in Policy SEC-045. These rules are subject to change as public health conditions evolve.

How will COVID-19 safety precautions be reinforced in the residence halls?
Resident Advisors will provide training for dorm residents at the beginning of the year on rules and regulations pertaining to COVID-19 and how they apply to housing and residence life.  If students have questions, Resident Advisors will be able to direct them to additional resources.  Failure to comply with University requirements may result in disciplinary action in accordance with relevant policies.
How are we isolating students who contract COVID-19?
First, it’s helpful to note that isolation and quarantine are different terms. Isolation refers to cases where an individual has a confirmed infection. Quarantine refers to situations where an individual has been exposed but may or may not be infected. The University has set aside housing for both the isolation and quarantine of students who reside in University housing. Students should contact Student Health if they are sick or believe that they have been exposed by a close contact.
What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?

Students who believe they have been exposed to and/or have contracted COVID-19 should self-quarantine and seek medical attention immediately by calling Student Health at 434-924-5362.

I am a student in an early start program who took a self-administered test early and got a positive result. What should I do?
Anyone with a positive test result should self-isolate immediately to avoid infecting others. Per CDC recommendations, you should self-isolate until all of these criteria are met:
  • 10 days have passed since the date of your positive test or 10 days have passed since you developed symptoms (whichever is longer)
  • You have been fever-free for at least 24 hours wihtout the use of fever-reducing medication
  • Your symptoms are improving
In order to return to Grounds (meaning in-person coursework and activities), you will be required to attest that all of the above criteria are met. You may attend classes virtually until you complete your isolation.You should inform your health care provider of your positive test result. If you are a student living in Charlottesville with severe symptoms, please contact Student Health and Wellness at 434-982-3915 during business hours, and after hours at 434-297-4261. For a medical emergency, call 911. If you have no symptoms or mild symptoms and are living in Charlottesville, you can contact Student Health and Wellness during normal business hours to report your positive test result.If you live on-Grounds and are not able to isolate in your room (i.e., you do not have your own room and bathroom), you should contact the Office of the Dean of Students for isolation housing at 434-924-7133 during business hours or 434-924-7166 after hours. The after-hours number is the UPD administrative line; simply ask for the Dean on Call.
What should I do if I live on Grounds and become ill?

Do not attend class; stay home. Contact Student Health and Wellness at 434-924-5362.

What should I do if I live off Grounds and become ill?

Do not attend class; stay home. Contact Student Health and Wellness at 434-924-5362.

What happens if my roommate tests positive for COVID-19?

Contact Tracing. If a member of the UVA community (students, faculty, or staff) is identified through contact tracing as having had close contact with an infected individual, they will be referred for testing by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) or their health care provider. UVA will be partner with VDH to help facilitate the referrals and the testing. It is important that everyone in the UVA community engages with UVA and VDH teams during case investigation and contact tracing so that we can have the maximum opportunity to limit the further spread of the virus.

Isolation and Quarantine.

  • Students. UVA has plans to isolate students living on Grounds who test positive for the virus, and to quarantine students living on Grounds who have been exposed to someone with a positive diagnosis of COVID-19. Students living off-Grounds will be expected to quarantine or isolate at their off-Grounds housing. Students who can safely travel home to isolate or quarantine will be encouraged to do so.  The local health department will determine the required length of time needed for isolation or quarantine and will monitor the health of individuals who are being isolated or quarantined.
  • Employees. Employees will need to isolate if they test positive for the virus, and to quarantine if they have been exposed.  The health department will determine the required length of time needed for isolation or quarantine and will monitor the health of individuals who are being isolated or quarantined.

Current guidance from the Virginia Department of Health on isolation and quarantine is linked here.

If I end up in quarantine or isolation, what services will be available to me?

Meals: If you are an on-Grounds student, you will have meals delivered to you through Dining Services. If you are an off-Grounds student, you will need to arrange for your meals. Options may include assistance from a friend or housemate, or local meal delivery services such as Grubhub or DoorDash.

Medical: Student Health and Wellness will check in remotely with students isolating in the area, whether they are living on-Grounds or off-Grounds. Students with worsening symptoms will be directed to Student Health and Wellness or a higher level of care, if needed. Students moving home to their permanent residence for the isolation period will be under the care of their family and local physician. Students in quarantine will self-monitor and contact Student Health and Wellness if symptoms develop.

Mental Health and Well-being Support: For updated well-being resources, students can visit the Student Health and Wellness COVID-19 Well-being Resources webpage. Students can meet one-on-one through WahooWell Remote which includes follow-up, confidential one-on-one remote meeting(s) with a well-being facilitator. Students can work independently online with SilverCloud, a free online mental health tool that can help students develop skills for managing stress, anxiety, sleep, and depression. Based on cognitive behavioral therapy principles, the self-guided program can be accessed 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Students can also explore a range of programs through the Contemplative Sciences Center. In addition, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is offering teletherapy to all students, and we encourage students to call 434-243-5150 to access mental health care.

Academic Support: While students (regardless of where they are living) should notify their instructors of any need to miss class (missing in-person or remote instruction), a student may also enlist help from the Dean on Call to provide notification to faculty if otherwise unable to do so.

Miscellaneous Needs: The Dean on Call will be an ongoing source of support and assistance for students in isolation or quarantine. Keep in mind that the Dean on Call is not able to provide housing or meal delivery for students living off Grounds.

Can I go to Student Health and Wellness to be tested?

Student Health and Wellness is able to test currently enrolled symptomatic students living in Charlottesville. Appointments for testing are required. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please call 434-924-5362 to arrange for an assessment and testing.

What constitutes a "close contact" for contract tracing?
For COVID-19, the CDC defines a close contact as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. The public health evaluation of close contacts to patients with laboratory-confirmed or probable COVID-19 may vary depending on the exposure setting and in some cases a time limit of 10 minutes rather than 15 minutes may be used.
What can I expect if a contact tracer calls me?
It is very important that you promptly communicate with a health department contact tracer and cooperate through their interview process.
I will live on Grounds and have been told that I should have a “Go-Bag” packed in case I need it later. What should I include in it?

If you live on Grounds, you should prepare a Go-Bag with personal items in case you need to go into isolation or quarantine. The Go-Bag should contain necessary toiletries (e.g., soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, and other personal hygiene items), sufficient clothing, laptop and school supplies, chargers for electronics, medications, and any other personal items.

How will health be monitored throughout the semester?

All students, faculty, and staff planning to be on Grounds will complete a daily check on symptoms related to COVID-19 through the HOOS Health Check app or by email. The HOOS Health Check app is designed to make individuals aware of their symptoms, to encourage personal responsibility, and, if the individual exhibits symptoms, to provide resources and next steps for testing. Instructions for downloading HOOS Health Check will be provided in mid-August.

Academics

Will all classes have an online option?
Yes, with the exception of a small number of clinical or practicum courses, all courses will be available virtually in Fall 2020. Students with preexisting conditions should feel free to contact their School of enrollment or the Student Disability Access Center for information about accommodations.
Can all undergraduates take a J-term and a Summer Session I class without paying additional tuition?
For the 2020-2021 academic year, undergraduate UVA Fall and Spring tuition will include a domestic J-term course. So long as a student accumulates no more than 33 credits in Fall, J-term, and Spring (cumulative), the student may also take one course in Summer Session I without extra charge.
Can all undergraduates take a reduced course load in Fall 2020?
While most undergraduates will have the option of taking a reduced course load in the Fall, some programs or scholarships may impose requirements that exclude or restrict this option. In considering whether to take a reduced course load in the Fall, students should consult their advisors and, where relevant, Student Financial Services.
Can graduating 4th year students take a Summer Session I course?
4th year students who meet the criteria above may take a Summer Session I course at no additional charge, even if they have already graduated. 4th year students who need the Summer Session I course credits in order to graduate can still participate in final exercises (and take the Summer Session I course after final exercises).
What will the grading policy be for Fall 2020?
The University’s standard grading options will apply in the upcoming year.
Will UVA offices, such as the Office of the Dean of Students, UREG, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, be providing services in the Fall semester?
Yes. The University intends to reopen various departments in the Fall semester but is still finalizing plans for employees and staff.  Students should visit the websites for the Dean of Students, UREG, and Office of Undergraduate Admissions for specific plans and operational updates.
What about the libraries? Where can students go for quiet study?
As many Libraries as possible will be open, but everyone will be expected to adhere to all university and public health guidelines including the use of PPE and social distancing. Physical barriers will also be installed in library study spaces to limit contact.
What will orientation look like?
Orientation and new student programs will partner with the undergraduate schools of enrollment to offer a virtual program over the course of the Summer that includes course registration support, focused training modules, community building activities, and opportunities to learn more about life at the University this Fall. Updated information will be posted throughout the Summer on the Orientation & New Student Programs site.
I need to form a study group as an online student. How can I do that?
Students interested in online study groups should speak to their instructors about recruiting fellow students and identifying and using available online resources.
When do we think study abroad will resume?

Due to continuation of the U.S. Department of State Global Health Advisory - Level 4: Do Not Travel and CDC Level 3 Warning: Global COVID-19 Pandemic Notice for all locations outside the United States, UVA leadership has decided to suspend student international travel for University-related purposes for the fall 2020 semester. This includes credit-bearing study abroad, research, UVA internships, and student participation in non-UVA-sponsored education abroad programs. 

A decision regarding J-Term 2021 programs and international travel will be announced by October 31, 2020. A decision on spring 2021 will be announced by November 30, 2020.

Petitions for an exemption for essential international travel will be considered from advanced graduate students and GME trainees. They can email hoosabroad@virginia.edu for further details.

What is meant by "in-person, hybrid, and online instruction modes"?
Instruction modes describe how the class will be taught. For example, hybrid classes have some instruction occurring on specific days/times and in a specific location, with the remainder delivered virtually.  See the instruction modes used at UVA.
I’m an incoming community college transfer student with questions about how my grades will transfer. Where can I find more information?
The Registrar’s office has prepared a list of common community college transfer FAQs, including how “P” grades will apply, housing, dining, financial aid, and more. Also, admitted students should activate their UVA accounts and check their UVA email account regularly for University announcements.
When will I know my class schedule?
The University plans to release updated information in SIS about which courses will be in-person and which will be on-line by August 1, 2020, in time for students to decide their plans for the fall. Students and instructors will be able to see the updated instruction mode for each class and search for additional classes based on the instruction mode. See the instruction modes used at UVA. 
I am taking a class that is not available online. What is the plan for these classes during the delayed return to Grounds period?
The University is reviewing all the classes planned for in-person-only and will communicate with enrolled students directly prior to the start of the academic year as decisions are made about those classes.

Academic Calendar

When will exams take place? Will they all be virtual?
Exams will begin on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, and will end on Friday, December 11, 2020.  The two days prior to that, Monday, November 30 and Tuesday, December 1, will be Reading Days.  As already announced, following Thanksgiving, there will be no in-person activities, meaning that all exams and other final assessment activities will be held on-line. The complete exam schedule is available here.  For more information visit the Academic Calendar
What is the academic calendar?

Advising

Will faculty advising be offered in person or virtually?
The University is still finalizing plans for employees and staff to return to Grounds. More details are forthcoming and can be found at the Total Advising site.
Can I request a virtual meeting with my adviser?
Yes, all students should feel free and are encouraged to request a virtual meeting with their adviser. More details are forthcoming and can be found at the Total Advising site.
Will the College Association Deans still be available for walk-in advising sessions?
The University is still finalizing plans for employees and staff to return to Grounds. Please continue to check the College of Arts and Sciences website for updates.
My course has a lab component but I am not planning to take classes in person. How will I get lab credit?
The University will be assessing whether classes such as labs and practicums can be offered online.
I can’t come back from my country of origin. Will I still be able to take classes this Fall?
Yes. With the exception of a small number of clinical or practicum courses, all courses will be available virtually in Fall 2020.
I’m an incoming community college transfer student with questions about how my grades will transfer. Where can I find more information?
The Registrar’s office has prepared a list of common community college transfer FAQs, including how “P” grades will apply, housing, dining, financial aid, and more. Also, admitted students should activate their UVA accounts and check their UVA email account regularly for University announcements.

Student Health

What services will Student Health be providing? Will they be in-person or virtual?
Student Health will continue offering a full range of services to students and will have both in-person and virtual appointments available.
I have a preexisting condition. Should I come back for in-person classes?
Students with preexisting conditions such as diabetes, asthma, or other health issues should consult with their medical professional to make the best decision for their individual health and well-being. With the exception of a small number of clinical or practicum courses, all courses will be available virtually in Fall 2020.
What services will Student Health and Wellness be providing during the fall?

Student Health and Wellness will be providing a mix of in-person and virtual services this fall. Medical services, counseling and psychological services, nutrition appointments, well-being conversations through WahooWell, and collegiate recovery program services are all available. Please note, all current students who pay the comprehensive fee, whether living on Grounds, in Charlottesville, or at home, are encouraged and are eligible to use Student Health and Wellness services. Care will be provided remotely to students who cannot access it in person. Please visit the Student Health and Wellness website to learn more.

What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?

Students who believe they have been exposed to and/or have contracted COVID-19 should self-quarantine and seek medical attention immediately by calling Student Health at 434-924-5362.

What constitutes a "close contact" for contract tracing?
For COVID-19, the CDC defines a close contact as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. The public health evaluation of close contacts to patients with laboratory-confirmed or probable COVID-19 may vary depending on the exposure setting and in some cases a time limit of 10 minutes rather than 15 minutes may be used.

Housing

What will be different about the student residential experience?
The residential experience is an important part of life at the University of Virginia. In public spaces, students will be expected to follow all university and public health guidelines including the use of PPE and social distancing. There will be guidelines for communal bathrooms, including assigning students to specific sinks, stalls, and showers, and limiting the number of students at any given time. Public areas in residence halls will undergo increased cleaning efforts and hand sanitizer stands will be readily available. All students will be provided two cloth face coverings, two 2-ounce containers of hand sanitizer and a touch-tool, which is meant to assist in tasks such as opening doors and punching keypads, hands free.
I’m an incoming first-year student. Will I be required to live on Grounds?
Our longstanding policy is that all incoming first-year students are required to live on Grounds. We are modifying that policy for this year to allow students to remain in their home communities with their parents, guardians, or others. First-year students would be breaching the University's policy if they leased or lived in apartments in the local community.
Will students be housed in doubles?
Double rooms will continue to be the default option for housing for first-year students.
What about shared bathrooms and common spaces in residence halls?
Shared bathrooms and common spaces will be available to students and will require that students adhere to all university and public health guidelines.  Students will be assigned to sinks, stalls, and showers and we will limit the number of students allowed in a communal bathroom at any given time.  All public spaces in residence halls will be undergoing increased cleanings.
What types of special cleaning services will housekeeping be providing in the residence halls and classrooms?
The University will substantially increase cleaning services in all public areas, including residence halls and academic spaces.
Is it possible to request housing accommodations if I have an underlying medical condition?
When applying for on-Grounds housing, students may request accommodations through the Student Disability Access Center.
If I cancel or don’t sign an on-Grounds housing contract for the full 2020-2021 academic year, can I still apply for housing for spring 2021?
Yes. Please note, however, housing is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. For undergraduate students, the housing application process for the spring semester typically begins on November 1, with offers made on a rolling basis beginning in mid-November. Graduate students may submit a Graduate and Faculty/Staff—2020-21 housing application and request a January 2021 move-in date on their application.
If my roommate decides not to return for either the fall or spring semester, will I be assigned a random roommate?
Housing & Residence Life will fill any vacancies as it deems appropriate. If vacancy exists in a room, suite, or apartment before or after move-in, any student who has applied for housing may be assigned there. Students may contact the Housing & Residence Life assignments office at housingassignments@virginia.edu if they would like to request someone who wishes to take the vacated space. However, Housing & Residence Life cannot guarantee these requests can be accommodated.
If I have a housing contract but decide not to move in for the fall semester, can I still pay for the room so I can keep it for the spring?
Yes, students who are enrolled in virtual classes may opt to pay for the fall semester of housing to keep their contract.  You are required to agree to the COVID-19 policy and COVID-19 housing addendum by the appropriate deadline, and to notify housingassignments@virginia.edu that you will not be physically on Grounds during the fall semester but want to keep your full academic year housing agreement.  You must be enrolled in classes (virtual or in-person) to be eligible for any housing contract on Grounds.
I’m an incoming community college transfer student with questions about housing. Where can I find more information?
The Registrar’s office has prepared a list of common community college transfer FAQs, including how “P” grades will apply, housing, dining, financial aid, and more.  Also, admitted students should activate their UVA accounts and check their UVA email account regularly for University announcements.
Where can I find information about Move-In 2020?
Students planning to live on-Grounds should carefully review all email from Housing and Residence Life. Complete details are posted on Housing's Move-In 2020 webpage.
How will COVID-19 safety precautions be reinforced in the residence halls?
Resident Advisors will provide training for dorm residents at the beginning of the year on rules and regulations pertaining to COVID-19 and how they apply to housing and residence life.  If students have questions, Resident Advisors will be able to direct them to additional resources.  Failure to comply with University requirements may result in disciplinary action in accordance with relevant policies.
How are we isolating students who contract COVID-19?
First, it’s helpful to note that isolation and quarantine are different terms. Isolation refers to cases where an individual has a confirmed infection. Quarantine refers to situations where an individual has been exposed but may or may not be infected. The University has set aside housing for both the isolation and quarantine of students who reside in University housing. Students should contact Student Health if they are sick or believe that they have been exposed by a close contact.
Will there be an adjustment to housing and dining charges due to schedule changes?
In response to the schedule changes for housing and dining services due to COVID-19, the University will provide adjustments to undergraduate housing and dining charges for the Fall 2020 semester. As soon as the details have been finalized, these adjustments will be applied to student accounts.
Given the two-week delay for the fall, how does this affect the on-Grounds move-in schedule?
Due to the delay, all current move-in appointments for undergraduate students will be cancelled (with the exception of those living on the Lawn). Housing & Residence Life will contact students in the coming weeks with an updated move-in schedule.Move-in appointments for students living on the Lawn and for graduate housing residents are not affected by the two-week delay.
What if I want to cancel my on-Grounds housing contract?
If you decide to remotely participate in online classes only, Housing & Residence Life will release you from your on-Grounds housing agreement with no penalty, provided you contact them by August 24, 2020. Incoming first-years released from their on-Grounds housing agreement are required to live at home, consistent with the University’s fall 2020 housing policies.If you request a release from your 2020-2021 on-Grounds housing agreement after August 24 to participate remotely in online classes only:
  • Undergraduate housing residents will receive a partial refund equivalent to the housing charge less $1,000 to cover fixed costs associated with operating University housing. No refunds will be issued after the beginning of the seventh week of each semester.
  • For graduate housing residents, an early termination fee of $1,000 will apply. No early termination will be approved during the final three months of your housing agreement.
  • In light of the uncertain nature of the pandemic, the University’s housing release terms outlined above represent a more generous refund than typically allowed by the on-Grounds housing contract terms and conditions for undergraduate students, and a lower early termination fee than what’s specified in housing contracts for graduate students.
To request a release, you must notify Housing & Residence Life via email to housingassignments@virginia.edu. If you have already moved in, your release will be effective on the date you notify us of your departure via email, your room is verified to be vacant, and keys (if applicable) are received by Housing & Residence Life.
Do you anticipate ending up with empty rooms this fall? If so, can students be reassigned to singles for health and safety reasons?
Additional spaces may become available as some students cancel their housing contracts. Students who wish to request reassignment to a single room for health and/or safety reasons should submit their Request for Housing Accommodation to the Student Disability Access Center (SDAC).

Operations

Is on-Grounds parking available to students?
Information about Student Parking in Fall 2020 is availabole on the Parking and Transportation website.
Will the UVA Bookstore be open during move-in? What are the Fall semester hours?
Yes, the UVA Bookstore is open now and will be open during move-in and throughout the semester. The Bookstore is open Monday through Friday from 9am until 5pm and Saturday from 10am until 5pm. You can make purchases in the store or shop online and opt for either curbside pickup or ship to home. Visit uvabookstores.com to learn more.
How can I load my Cavalier Advantage card when the new academic year begins?
Please visit the Cavalier Advantage website to make online deposits and find information about where Cavalier Advnatage deposit machines are located.
I'm a first-year student. How will I get my UVA ID?
First-year students will receive their ID card from their RA when they move into their residence hall.
I'm a transfer student not living on Grounds. How will I get my UVA ID?
Please submit your photo online to the ID Card Office by August 1st so that your student ID card can be produced and ready for pick-up when you arrive on Grounds. You will receive an email in early August with instructions for scheduling a pick-up appointment. 
I'm a new graduate/ professional student. How will I get my UVA ID?
Graduate and professional students will receive information about ID card distribution directly from their school.
Can I order my books in advance from the UVA Bookstore and have them delivered to my room/house/apartment so that I don't have to stand in line to purchase them?
Yes, the UVA Bookstore offers online textbook reservations throughout the year. Once you place your order, UVA Bookstore staff will pull, bag, and charge your textbooks to your student account. This eliminates the need to stand in line at the register. At this time, the UVA Bookstore offers curbside pickup, in-store pickup, and UPS shipping. Please visit the UVA Bookstores website to place your order. Check out the BUY NOW, PAY LATER program using your Bookstore Student Charge account.
Where can I go to buy or repair a computer on Grounds?
Cavalier Computers is located within the UVA Bookstore and offers a wide array of computers, tablets, computer accessories and other electronics. Cavalier Computers also features a service center where you can bring damaged computers, tablets and cell phones in for repair. Visit cavaliercomputers.com to learn more. 
Can I still purchase a computer through the CAV Program?
Yes. You can purchase a CAV Program computer by visiting cavprogram.com. CAV Program computers are designed to meet the specific hardware and software standards set by UVA schools and departments. They also include 4-year warranties which cover things like spills and accidents. You can pick up your computer at Cavalier Computers (located in the UVA Bookstore) or via our curbside pickup. Please allow 3-4 weeks for your order to arrive in our store. 
When will the recreation centers be open?
The Aquatic & Fitness Center (AFC) and IM-Rec outdoor spaces opened August 3 for students and members. Only the AFC main level fitness area with cardio and weight machines are currently available, with modified hours and required reservations. Before visiting the AFC, get the re-opening details online
Are there healthy and safe alternatives to going to the recreation centers?
IM-Rec is offering some great virtual alternatives to help you and your family safely remain active and healthy. Check the virtual recreation web page for virtual personal training, fitness workouts, e-sports, family-friendly games and healthy recipes. 
How can I stay informed about IM-Rec updates?
Visit the IM-Rec Sports re-opening details web page. Sign up for email updates. Download the IM-Rec Sports app on Apple or Android
Who is eligible to use IM-Rec Sports gyms?
Students that were enrolled in the spring or summer semesters are eligible as well as all IM-Rec Sports members.

Buses

Will UTS buses continue to provide bus service? Will there be any changes to bus capacity, routes, or frequency?

UTS started new routes on Monday, August 3. They are tracking passenger counts and may alter service due to the delayed return of most undergraduate students. The operation of the Redline Special is not impacted. Visit www.parking.virginia.edu for real-time information about the status of UTS routes.

UTS is operating but due to COVID-19, passengers can expect changes:

  • Passengers and drivers are required to wear a face covering.
  • Passengers should board through the rear doors (exception: passengers who need the ramp will board through the front doors).
  • The standee line has been moved away from the driver and seating capacity has been reduced by 60%. These capacity changes require significant route changes that will prioritize longer trips.
  • Service will end at 10PM to allow for enhanced cleaning of buses.
  • Fall 2020 route information is available on the Parking & Transportation website.

COVID-19 UTS Riders’ Guide

Complete information about UTS

Will Safe Ride services continue to be offered?
Safe Ride will operate overnight when UTS is out of service. Operational Information

Dining

What are the plans for Dining? Will dining halls be open to sit and stay or will it be grab-and-go?
Dining halls will be open but dine-in options will be limited. Students who choose to eat in a dining hall will be expected to adhere to all university and public health and safety guidelines. Dining halls will reduce seating capacity by 50 percent in accordance with Governor Northam’s Executive Order 63, provide masks for social distancing, maintain counts at entrances and exits to control occupancy, and add outside locations for food pick-up. Take out options will be available, and the University is working on additional take out options for students in the Fall.
What types of foods will Dining be serving? Will there be vegetarian and vegan options?
Dining halls will still be providing a broad range of food options, including vegetarian and vegan options.
When will dining halls open? Will anything be open on move-in days for students and family members to get food or drinks?
Dining locations will begin to reopen as students return to Grounds and move into residence halls. Please visit the Dining Services website for up-to-date information on hours of operation for each location.
Will any UVA dining facilities be open before undergraduates move into on-Grounds housing and begin any of their in-person classes?
A limited number of retail dining locations are scheduled to open in mid-August. Please see the UVA Dining website for details.
Will there be an adjustment to housing and dining charges due to schedule changes?
In response to the schedule changes for housing and dining services due to COVID-19, the University will provide adjustments to undergraduate housing and dining charges for the Fall 2020 semester. As soon as the details have been finalized, these adjustments will be applied to student accounts.
What should I do if I need to cancel my dining plan?
Please write to dining@virginia.edu if you need to make any changes to your dining plan contract.

Meetings, Spaces, and People

Can I go to the library to study?
As many Libraries as possible will be open, but everyone will be expected to adhere to all university and public health guidelines including the use of PPE and social distancing. Physical barriers will also be installed in library study spaces to limit contact.
What spaces are open to students?
Our hope is to open as many spaces as possible while observing social distancing guidelines. Limited occupancy with rotational schedules will be used to maintain social distancing in public spaces. Physical barriers will be provided in library study-spaces, at public-service locations (such as dining hall cashiers, help desks, customer-service points of access).
Social Gatherings
Only small gatherings (10-15 at most) are permitted. Social gatherings may not exceed 15 people. For more details, please see the University policy on masking and physical distancing.

Research

I am a graduate student who is already on Grounds working in the laboratory as part of UVA’s research ramp-up. Am I required to self-quarantine?
No. Rather than quarantine, we ask that you minimize contact with others during the 14 days leading up to the beginning of fall courses. Specifically, do not attend any large social events or interact with more than a few people (three to five) at a time.  Continue to self-attest health daily, sign in and sign out of your authorized lab/research space, take any and all required trainings, follow handwashing and lab space cleaning protocols, and wear a face covering all the time in the lab.
I am a graduate student who is already on Grounds working in the laboratory as part of UVA’s research ramp-up. Do I need to take a COVID-19 test?
Yes.  All undergraduate and graduate students who plan to be on Grounds this fall will be required to submit a COVID-19 viral PCR test result to the University. Since you are already on Grounds, working, and asymptomatic, simply follow the instructions for getting tested as soon as you receive the notification that the test kit order he portal is open. The order portal will open in the first week of August. Please order your kit and take your test as soon possible. You may continue to work as long are you are asymptomatic and follow research ramp-up guidelines while you comply with mandatory testing.
I am already registered and receiving daily health attestation notices as part of UVA’s research ramp-up. Do I need to do anything when the new HOOS Health Check app comes out that is intended for all students, faculty, and staff?
Yes, you will need to switch over to the new app.  UVA is not able to automatically enroll the researchers or UVA Health members currently receiving the UVA’s Health’s attestation email into the new system. Instructions for downloading HOOS Health Check will be provided in mid-August. When you receive the notification on the app’s availability, researchers will need to sign up individually. 

Athletics

What are the plans for Athletics in the Fall?
We are planning for Fall sporting events to be held on Grounds, and student athletes will be hearing from coaches about steps that will allow them to train and compete safely. We have not yet made final decisions about fan attendance, but we will communicate plans to our ticket holders and supporters as those decisions are made.

Clubs and Activities

Can my CIO still meet and hold events?
Meetings and events can still be held as long as they adhere to all current University and public health and safety guidelines, including the use of facial coverings and physical distancing. Student groups will be receiving additional information about planning safe, physically distanced events in coming weeks.
Will the IM-Rec facilities be open? If yes, what special cleaning steps will be instituted?
IM-Rec facilities will be open and everyone will be expected to adhere to all university and public health and safety guidelines including the use of PPE and social distancing.  Facilities will be subject to increased cleaning efforts and hand sanitizer stands will be available.
What about the fraternities and sororities? Will they be able to have events, including parties?
The houses operated by Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) and Inter-Sorority Council (ISC) student chapters are private residences owned by independent alumni-managed house corporations, and are not owned by the University. However, all currently matriculating students are expected to conform to necessary COVID-19 mitigation measures designed to protect public health (consistent with any regulations or directives from state government and health officials), and this includes students who live in off-Grounds private residences such as fraternity/sorority houses. In addition, student organizations may be held accountable for violations of the University’s Standards of Conduct and the terms of any agreements between the University and the student organization, which may include organized activities that violate COVID-19 mitigation measures and place public health at risk.
When will the recreation centers be open?
The Aquatic & Fitness Center (AFC) and IM-Rec outdoor spaces opened August 3 for students and members. Only the AFC main level fitness area with cardio and weight machines are currently available, with modified hours and required reservations. Before visiting the AFC, get the re-opening details online
Are there healthy and safe alternatives to going to the recreation centers?
IM-Rec is offering some great virtual alternatives to help you and your family safely remain active and healthy. Check the virtual recreation web page for virtual personal training, fitness workouts, e-sports, family-friendly games and healthy recipes. 
How can I stay informed about IM-Rec updates?
Visit the IM-Rec Sports re-opening details web page. Sign up for email updates. Download the IM-Rec Sports app on Apple or Android
Who is eligible to use IM-Rec Sports gyms?
Students that were enrolled in the spring or summer semesters are eligible as well as all IM-Rec Sports members.

Tuition & Fees

Will tuition and fees be the same whether my classes are online or in-person?

Tuition will not vary between online and in-person classes because both options offer the same academic content and ability for students to earn credit. Our faculty and staff are working very hard to ensure that instruction and student engagement in the Fall remain at our high standards of excellence, despite the unprecedented conditions. In order to provide students more flexibility, tuition for the Fall and Spring semesters will also cover one course during the J-Term and one course in the first Summer session, as described within this FAQ.

Students enrolled at the University of Virginia are assessed a mandatory fee which assists in paying for the facilities and services available to full-time regular session students. The mandatory fee supports (1) activities that are available to all students – regardless of whether classes are in-person or on-line – such as Student Health telemedicine, Newcomb Hall online programming, some virtual recreational offerings, technology support, software licensing, and academic credentialing; (2) long-term costs such as debt service, associated with maintaining essential infrastructure that must be sustained so that opportunities remain viable and available to all students over their academic career; and (3) activities that presume a physical presence on-Grounds, such as athletic events, University transit services, recreational facilities, and art performances. For Fall 2020, we recognize that certain services in the third category will not be fully available for students who are not living or learning on-Grounds or in the local community of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Accordingly, the University is reducing the Fall 2020 mandatory fee for those in-state and out-of-state students who will not be living or learning on-Grounds or in the local community by $662.

When is my fall 2020 payment for tuition and fees due?
To allow time for students to determine whether they will study in Charlottesville or away at their permanent residence this fall, the deadline for making payments for tuition and fees has been changed for all undergraduate students and for graduate students in all schools except Darden, Medicine, and Law. Student Financial Services maintains a complete listing of billing and due dates for all schools and many special programs.
Will there be an adjustment to housing and dining charges due to schedule changes?
In response to the schedule changes for housing and dining services due to COVID-19, the University will provide adjustments to undergraduate housing and dining charges for the Fall 2020 semester. As soon as the details have been finalized, these adjustments will be applied to student accounts.

Financial Aid

Do I need to take a certain number of credits each semester to remain eligible for financial aid?
Need-based aid from the University and federal loans require the student to attend at least half time (typically this means enrolling in a minimum of 6 credit hours per term) to remain eligible.
My family’s financial situation has been impacted substantially by the pandemic. How can I find out if I qualify for additional financial aid for the 2020-2021 academic year?
If your financial situation has changed as a result of the pandemic, we encourage you to reach out to Student Financial Services at sfs@virginia.edu in order to learn about the appeals process for Fall 2020 need-based financial aid decisions.
Is CARES Act funding still available?

The University has been distributing funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to eligible students who require emergency financial aid grants because of challenges due to COVID-19. If you have emergency need outside the scope of Delayed Opening Assistance, you may be eligible for fall CARES Act funding. The fall application will be available August 10th. Any student who does not qualify for the Delayed Opening Assistance can apply for CARES funding for technology needs or emergency food assistance for the fall semester.

My mother/father/guardian lost their job, and this has an impact on my ability to remain enrolled. What can UVA do to help?
If your financial situation has changed as a result of the pandemic, we encourage you to reach out to Student Financial Services at sfs@virginia.edu in order to learn about the appeals process for Fall 2020 need-based financial aid decisions.
Will work-study be available in the Fall?
Work-study funding from the federal government will be available in the Fall.
I’m an incoming community college transfer student with questions about financial aid. Where can I find more information?
The Registrar’s office has prepared a list of common community college transfer FAQs, including how “P” grades will apply, housing, dining, financial aid, and more.  Also, admitted students should activate their UVA accounts and check their UVA email account regularly for University announcements.
What if I need financial assistance due to the delayed opening this fall?
The University has set up an application process for students to request financial assistance to support their food and housing or other emergency needs directly related to the delayed opening.Delayed Opening Assistance is intended to support undergraduate students who are planning to live on Grounds, who receive financial aid, and are full-time degree-seeking students. You are encouraged to submit an application if:
  • You have no other housing for the fall besides your on-Grounds residence.
  • You have food insecurity as a result of not being able to move into on-Grounds housing.
  • You are at a safety risk posed by continuing to live in your current situation (including exposure to COVID-19 or imminent threat to personal safety or mental health).
  • You are an international student who intends to live on Grounds in the fall, you are already in the United States or are already scheduled to return to Grounds during the Delayed Opening period.
For more information, see the Delayed Opening Assistance webpage.  If you have questions about Delayed Opening Assistance, write  emergencyfunding@virginia.edu.

Career Center

Will job fairs and recruiting events be taking place this fall on Grounds?

The UVA Career Center is making efforts to turn many of their in-person events into virtual events in the coming months.

What is the Career Center doing to help students in the face of economic decline?

The Career Center is hosting appointments virtually (through Handshake) and by telephone (434-924-8900). Appointments can be scheduled on the same day or for a future date, Monday through Friday, 12 to 5 PM.

Questions?

  • Domestic - 833-454-6902
  • International - +1 202 800-2408