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Additional Health and Safety Restrictions, February 2021

Why is the University implementing additional health and safety measures?
The University has been monitoring a troubling rise in COVID-19 cases within our student community, as well as the arrival of a new, more contagious variant. We have seen an additional—and unusually large--increase in positive cases, spread widely both on- and off-Grounds. Our in-house analysis indicates that this spread is not directly related to variants but instead to transmission of the original strain of the virus, which can occur when individuals are not closely following health and safety protocols.  As a result, we are implementing additional health and safety restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19 within our community. These measures will take effect on February 16, and University leaders will consider lifting them on Friday, February 26 if conditions around the virus permit.
What additional health and safety measures are being implemented?
  • All in-person events and gatherings as defined in University Policy SEC-045 are prohibited and should be moved online. This includes social gatherings, club and organization functions, and other in-person interactions that do not meet the exclusions set forth in SEC-045. 
  • In-person classes will continue, with additional measures enacted to limit congregation in common spaces before and after classes.
  • Research activities will continue, with any modifications determined by the Vice President of Research and the Provost.
  • Libraries are limited to contactless pick-up and online services.
  • Telework is strongly encouraged for as many employees as possible. For staff working in areas that are closed due to the short-term measures and unable to work remotely, employment status and pay will not be interrupted. Employees who have questions about their situation should speak with their manager.
  • Students who live off-Grounds may come to Grounds to be tested, to attend classes, to visit Student Health and Wellness, and for meals, if they have a meal plan. Students who live on-Grounds should remain on Grounds as much as possible.
  • Dining facilities will remain open and grab-and-go options will remain available. In-person seating will be restricted to no more than 2 people dining together.
  • Recreational facilities will be closed throughout the period.
How will the University determine when it can resume previous Spring 2021 operations levels?
The duration of additional health and safety restrictions will be determined by its impact on the metrics being monitored by the University’s public health and executive leadership teams, such as active cases, positivity rate, contact tracing, hospitalizations, and isolation and quarantine capacity. University leaders will consider lifting these additional health and safety restrictions on Friday, February 26 if conditions around the virus permit.
Will mandatory weekly prevalence testing of students continue? What about voluntary testing for employees?
The University will continue mandatory weekly prevalence testing for students. Going to a testing appointment is a legitimate reason for being out on Grounds. Asymptomatic employees who are working on-Grounds may voluntarily test. Students with symptoms should stay home and contact Students Health and Wellness at 434-924-5362 or book a 'COVID symptoms' appointment online using the HealthyHoos patient portal. Employees with symptoms should stay home and contact Employee Health
Do I need to continue to use HOOS Health Check?
Yes, any time that you will be on Grounds for any reason, you must complete a daily health check using HOOS Health Check. If you live on Grounds, you should complete a daily health check every day.
Are there restrictions on events and gatherings?

To reduce the risk of the potential spread of COVID-19, gatherings and events are prohibited and should be conducted virtually whenever possible.

Please see University Policy SEC-045: COVID-19 Health & Safety Requirement – Face Masks, Physical Distancing, Events and Gatherings, and Visitors for details and exceptions.

What can students who live on-Grounds do during this period?
On-Grounds students may leave their residence hall for essential activities such as:
  • Attending an in-person class
  • Eating at, or picking up a meal from, dining halls or other locations on Grounds
  • Engaging in an individual outdoor activity, such as running or walking
  • Complying with ongoing prevalence testing requirements, receiving a symptomatic COVID-19 test, or other medical care
  • Going to an on- or off-Grounds job, excluding volunteer activities, excluding volunteer activities, not impacted by these modified restrictions
  • Picking up mail at the mailroom
  • Going to the Bookstore for essential personal items
What can students who live off-Grounds do on Grounds during this period?
Off-Grounds students are encouraged to remain at home and limit contact with individuals outside of their living arrangement. Off-Grounds students may only come to Grounds to:
  • Attend an in-person class
  • Eat at, or pick up meals from, dining halls if they have a meal plan
  • Comply with ongoing prevalence testing requirements, receive a symptomatic COVID-19 test, or other medical care
  • Go to an on-Grounds job not impacted by these modified restrictions 
Will on-Grounds Dining be open?
Dining halls will remain open for students with meal plans. Students may eat at dining halls alone or with one other person. Grab-and-go and delivery options remain available. See the UVA Dine website for details.
Will University Transit Services be available?
University Transit Services will continue to operate. See Parking & Transportation Operating Status page for details. 
Will on-Grounds mailrooms be open?
Yes, on-Grounds mailrooms will remain open. Students may pick up their mail as usual.
Can students have deliveries to their dorms, if physical distancing occurs?
Students may receive deliveries but should not have personal contact with delivery persons. All deliveries should be pre-arranged, including payment, and left at their door.
Will outdoor intramurals and other outdoor recreation be permitted during this period?
All previously-scheduled recreation activities are suspended.
I have roommates/ housemates and need a quiet place to study. Where can I go?
Libraries will not be open to patrons during this period though online services will be available. Students should plan quiet times with their roommates/ housemates and use headphones. Students can study outdoors, including in tents, as long as they maintain social distancing and do not gather in groups (no greater than two people).
Are libraries open?
Libraries are closed during this period of additional health and safety restrictions, though contactless pickup is available. For up-to-the minute information, check the Library’s status dashboard. Millions of digital and physical items are newly-available online through Virgo. Ask a Librarian is another resource to find what you need.
Are faculty and staff permitted to work on Grounds during this period?
Faculty may teach from a classroom or their office. Researchers may continue their work with oversight of the Vice President for Research. Staff who can work remotely should do so. Some staff will need to work on Grounds to support restricted operations. If staff members have questions about their specific situation, they should talk with their manager.
I am a staff member or student employee who cannot work remotely. Should I continue to report to work? If my manager tells me not to report, will I continue to be paid?
Some staff members and student workers will need to work on Grounds to support restricted operations. There will be no changes to employment status or pay during this period, including for those who cannot work remotely. Employees who have questions about their situation should speak with their manager.
Will the University continue to hold in-person undergraduate instruction? What about graduate instruction?
During this period, faculty teaching undergraduate classes may continue teaching in person if they wish. Given that the University’s contact tracing shows very little classroom transmission, the University encourages faculty to continue teaching in-person if possible. Graduate programs will decide about maintaining in person instruction on a school-by-school basis, in consultation with their faculty. All faculty should consult with their dean if they intend to change their instructional mode.
I am a faculty member who has been teaching graduate or professional students in-person. Can I switch to online if I prefer to do so?
During this period, faculty teaching undergraduate classes may continue teaching in person if they wish. Given that the University’s contact tracing shows very little classroom transmission, the University encourages faculty to continue teaching in-person if possible. Graduate programs will decide about maintaining in person instruction on a school-by-school basis, in consultation with their faculty.  All faculty should consult with their dean if they intend to change their instructional mode.

Public Health and Safety

What should I do if I see someone who isn’t following the University’s adopted public health policies or guidelines? What if this is a regular occurrence?

Effective enforcement relies on a commitment by students, faculty, and staff to remind one another of appropriate policies and guidelines, and to hold one another accountable. If you see something, you should respectfully say something. Remind them of the appropriate public health guideline and ask if you can help them. For example, you might offer to assist them in locating a mask or accessing a resource. Respectfully engaging with others to promote compliance is the best way to ensure the University maintains a healthy and safe environment for all.  UVA HR has also developed guidance for managers and employees on how to promote mask wearing and proper behavior on and around Grounds.

The University has defined non-compliance of University adopted public health policies and guidelines into two categories: minor and infrequent, and significant or repetitive. Minor and infrequent non-compliance is defined as unintentional or accidental violations of the University’s adopted public health policies or guidelines that occur infrequently, without the intent to harm or disrupt, and result in prompt action by the offending party to enter into compliance. Minor and infrequent non-compliance should be addressed at the lowest level possible through community ownership and active bystander engagement. Significant non-compliance is defined as intentional or reckless violations of the University’s adopted public health policies or guidelines. Such violations include engaging in conduct which intentionally or recklessly threatens the health and safety of the University community. Repetitive non-compliance refers to repeated violations of University adopted public health policies or guidelines despite informal feedback and/or bystander engagement. The University has provided a reporting platform for significant or repetitive violations. This platform can be found on the Just Report It and UVA Emergency Management websites.

What resources are available to help me encourage fellow members of the UVA community to act responsibly to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
UVA HR and FEAP provide relevant online learning opportunities for employees, and students have created a video on rules and norms that all students who plan to be in Charlottesville/ Albemarle this fall are required to watch. Students are planning to provide more videos throughout the fall term.
I submitted a report in the University’s COVID-19 formal reporting platform and have not heard back from anyone. Should I submit a new report?
Reporters will receive a verification email that their report was successfully submitted into the Just Report It system. Reporters should not submit multiple reports for the same violation. Depending on the severity of the non-compliance, the reporter and/or person(s) alleged to have been in non-compliance may receive additional outreach from the relevant University department. Not every report will receive follow-up, however, as federal and state privacy protections limit the amount of information about students or employees the University can disclose to third parties. 
I submitted a report in the University’s COVID-19 formal reporting platform and my classmate or colleague is still disregarding the University’s adopted public health policies and guidelines. What should I do?
New violations can be submitted into the University’s COVID-19 formal reporting platform. Reporters will receive a verification email that their report was successfully submitted into the Just Report It system. Depending on the severity of the non-compliance, the reporter and/or person(s) alleged to have been in non-compliance may receive additional outreach from the relevant University department. You should note in your new submission any previous reports or incidents of non-compliance involving this classmate or colleague.
Are there restrictions on University travel?
Yes, restrictions on all University international and non-essential domestic travel will remain in place for the foreseeable future, regardless of funding source. For details, including information about seeking approval for exceptions, please review University Policy SEC-046: Health & Safety Requirement – Travel Restrictions on International and Domestic Travel for Business & Instructional Purposes. Due to the health and safety risks associated with travel during a pandemic, the University anticipates a limited number of approvals and only in exceptional circumstances. Any international University travel without a formal exception from the Office of the Provost will not be funded or reimbursed. If a supervisor, associate dean, or dean deems domestic travel essential, it will be reimbursed. If not, it will not be reimbursed. For domestic travel, no formal approval from the Office of the Provost is required.
Are there restrictions on visitors?

To reduce the risk of bringing cases of COVID-19 to Grounds, we ask that Academic Division faculty, staff, and students limit any visitors until further notice with following exceptions:

  • Visiting students enrolled in UVA courses, including Executive Education students.
  • Visiting faculty or in-class presenters teaching UVA courses.
  • Visiting scholars, researchers, or research subjects in human research projects.
  • Patients or clients of clinics.
  • Employees of University-associated organizations.
  • Contractors or vendors delivering goods or services to Grounds, including personal care attendants.
  • Patrons of the University Bookstore and guests of the Boar’s Head Inn and its associated facilities.
  • Members of the IM-Recreation facilities.
  • Public safety first-responders and others on Grounds for emergency/health safety purposes.
  • Visiting athletic teams and their official guests, referees, or ticketed fans attending NCAA-sanctioned athletics competitions (should they occur).
  • Other exceptions, as approved by the relevant dean or vice president.

Residence Halls: Access to rooms and living spaces in on-Grounds residences will be limited to building residents and select staff only. Overnight guests are not permitted. During move-in, two visitors will be permitted to assist a student.

Job Interviews: For open positions, interviews should be conducted remotely. In exceptional cases, finalist interview for faculty and/or senior leadership positions may be held on Grounds and must be approved in writing by the relevant dean or vice president.

Public Visitor Areas: Many of the University’s frequently visited spaces, including the Rotunda, McCormick Observatory, and the Libraries are closed to visitors until further notice. These facilities will remain open to faculty, staff, and students. Please check facility websites for modifications to hours of operation and services.

Deans or vice presidents may approve limited exceptions to allow other visitors who may need to come to Grounds for University-related business that cannot be conducted virtually.
All visitors are expected to adhere to the University’s masking and physical distancing requirements.

Please see University Policy SEC-045: COVID-19 Health & Safety Requirement – Face Masks, Physical Distancing, Events and Gatherings, and Visitors for details and exceptions.

Does UVA require face masks to be worn on Grounds?
Are students permitted to travel during the Spring 2021 term?
Similar to the fall semester, students will be encouraged to remain in Charlottesville/ Albemarle as much as possible during the spring semester, with exceptions for important and unavoidable travel such as job interviews.
Are there restrictions on events and gatherings?

To reduce the risk of the potential spread of COVID-19, gatherings and events are prohibited and should be conducted virtually whenever possible.

Please see University Policy SEC-045: COVID-19 Health & Safety Requirement – Face Masks, Physical Distancing, Events and Gatherings, and Visitors for details and exceptions.

Testing

Why doesn’t the University require students who test positive to stay away until they have a negative test result?
Students who have previously tested positive should not test for 150 days after their positive test date unless they experience symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Previously, the University only exempted students with positive results from testing for 90 days. This change reflects CDC guidance that those who have recovered from COVID-19 may continue to test positive for several months even if they are not contagious to others. This could result in unnecessary isolation and contact tracing from the prior (now non-contagious) infection. Based on UVA epidemiologists’ assessment of recent research, the risk of reinfection increases after 150 days. Any student who exhibits symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should contact Student Health and Wellness immediately for guidance, regardless of how many days have passed since an initial positive test.
Will the University continue to provide opportunities for students to be tested for COVID-19? Is testing mandatory for students?
Yes, the University has a mandatory weekly prevalence testing program for all students living in Charlottesville/ Albemarle County, including graduate and professional students as well as undergraduates. The University provides robust testing opportunities for students, including mandatory pre-arrival testing, symptomatic testing as needed, and close contact testing as needed. For details, please visit the Testing page.
Can I go to Student Health and Wellness to be tested?
If you are experiencing symptoms or believe you have been a close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, contact Student Health and Wellness at 434-924-5362 for guidance.  ALL visits at Student Health and Wellness are by appointment only; there are no walk-in visits. UVA students should not go to community testing sites.
Are there exceptions to the mandatory testing and screening program?
Students with qualifying medical or disability-related conditions may contact the Student Disability Access Center (SDAC) via email (sdac@virginia.edu) or phone (434-243-5180) to seek accommodations related to this testing requirement. 
I recently had a COVID test. Do I still need to participate in the weekly mandatory testing?
If your recent test had a negative result, then yes, you will need to be re-tested.  If you have had a positive test within the last 150 days, you do not need to be retested at this time but must resume prevalence testing starting 150 days after your positive test result.  If you received positive test results outside of Student Health and Wellness, UVA Health, Athletics, Let’s Get Checked or UVA saliva tetsing, you are required to submit official medical documentation of your positive result to Student Health and Wellness through the Healthy Hoos Patient Portal.   
What is involved in saliva screening?
For one hour prior to providing a saliva sample, students should not eat, drink, brush teeth, use mouthwash, chew gum, or use tobacco products. Students will be given specific instructions at the screening site and asked to provide a 5 ml saliva sample in a sterile container. The entire process should take less than 10 minutes.
How soon will I get my test results?
Results from saliva screening will be available within 24-72 and will be posted in EPIC MyChart. Student Health and Wellness will call students with positive results to answer questions and discuss next steps. 
How will my COVID-19 test results be used?
Positive results will be shared with the Virginia Department of Health and with a small number of University offices who will need to take steps to protect community health and safety.  This includes the Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS) and Student Health and Wellness. A member of the ODOS staff will facilitate isolation or quarantine housing for students who live on Grounds and provide general support and assistance to all students. For more information about isolation and quarantine, see the Isolation and Quarantine FAQs.
I am currently in quarantine / isolation; do I need to take another test?
If you are in isolation due to a positive test, you will not need to test for 150 days after testing positive, unless you develop symptoms and a test is recommended by Student Health and Wellness. You should contact Student Health and Wellness promptly if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, as listed in the daily HOOS Health Check. If you are in quarantine due to an exposure, follow medical guidance provided by Student Health and Wellness about when and where to receive a test, if necessary. You will need to resume weekly prevalence testing when you are released from quarantine.
I am currently not on Grounds; do I have to provide a saliva sample?
If you are in the local Charlottesville or Albemarle area, you must participate in the University’s mandatory weekly testing for students.  If you have left the Charlottesville or Albemarle County area for the semester, please update your mailing address in SIS.
Where can I find resources to help me prepare and know what to do if someone around me tests positive for COVID-19?
Students should have conversations with their parents, roommates, and housemates about preparing for a possible positive COVID test. This guide can help you.

Isolation and Quarantine

Where can I find resources to help me prepare and know what to do if someone around me tests positive for COVID-19?
Students should have conversations with their parents, roommates, and housemates about preparing for a possible positive COVID test. This guide can help you.
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 COVID-19 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 and Wellness if they are experiencing symptoms or believe that they have been exposed by a close contact.
What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?
If you think you have COVID-19, please return to your dorm room or off-Grounds residence, quarantine from others, and call Student Health and Wellness at (434) 924-5362 for guidance.
What happens if my roommate or someone around me tests positive for COVID-19?
If your roommate, housemate(s), or someone else you’ve been in close contact with tests positive for COVID-19, you should begin to quarantine from others. Follow this guide for more information about quarantine and next steps for you to follow.
If I am in quarantine or isolation, what services are available to me?
I 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?
Suggested items to include in your Go Bag can be found in this preparation guide.
As a student living off Grounds, how should my house-mate(s) and I prepare for one of us possibly getting COVID-19?
Since the University does not have the capacity to provide quarantine or isolation housing for students living off Grounds, you and your house-mate(s) should view yourselves as a family unit. Please take some time to discuss COVID-19 expectations—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 family unit, 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 if safe to do so, 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 and you have been told that you don't need to quarantine.If returning to your permanent home or staying with a friend are not options, you should follow Virginia Department of Health guidance for living in close quarters. Remember that classes are offered remotely, so you have flexibility on where you live and learn.
I am in isolation or quarantine and have questions. Who can I call?
The Isolation and Quarantine Care Team through Student Affairs is available for support and general assistance throughout your isolation or quarantine. A Care Team Member will reach out to you at the beginning of your I/Q and will remain available throughout the period. The Dean on Call is also available as a resource. If you have medical questions, please contact Student Health and Wellness. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is also available to provide support. See contact information in
I am in isolation or quarantine and need medicine. What should I do?
If you are assigned University managed isolation or quarantine space, you will be able to order medication for delivery via the UVA Pharmacy at Student Health and Wellness. Please call (434) 924-1544 during business hours and connect to the pharmacy for ordering and delivery details. At all other times you should call the UVA Outpatient Pharmacy at 434-924-2390. You may also enlist the assistance of friends and family to make deliveries of over-the-counter medications. 
I received notification from the Dean on Call that I need to enter isolation or quarantine. Where will I go?
The Dean on Call will provide details about where you will go for isolation or quarantine and how to access the space. Students already living on Grounds will be assigned to an isolation or quarantine space either in dorms, apartments, or in local hotels. A student may choose to go home if safe to do so and they do not wish to isolate or quarantine in University managed spaces. Please remember that you are not permitted to return to Grounds until cleared by Student Health and Wellness (for isolation) or the Virginia Department of Health (for quarantine). See Isolation & Quarantine Procedures and Resources for Students in University-Managed Housing for more details.Students living off-Grounds may choose to return home if safe to do so or should plan to isolate or quarantine in their living accommodations off-Grounds if the space is suitable. For information regarding discounted hotel rates for isolation or quarantine, please contact the Dean on Call. The University will do all it can to support you in these circumstances and provide the resources you need to continue to study, access medical care, and remain connected to others for personal assistance. Unfortunately, except in the most extreme circumstances, the University is unable to provide housing support for students living off Grounds. See Isolation & Quarantine Procedures and Resources for Students Off Grounds for more details.
I'm recovering from COVID-19 and am no longer in isolation. What should I be aware of?
Student Health and Wellness has created a resource page that all students recovering from COVID-19 should review. Please note that you still need to wear a mask, practice physical distancing, wash your hands frequently, and follow all other public health guidelines even if you have already had a COVID-19 infection.

HOOS Health Check

Who needs to complete a daily health check through HOOS Health Check?
All students, faculty, staff, and UVA Health team members are required to complete a daily health check through HOOS Health Check on each day that they are coming to Grounds, and if they are working or learning in a UVA facility. UVA Health team members must also check in via HOOS Health Check on days that they are working remotely.
Do I need to complete a daily health check on days that I will not be on Grounds?
Students, faculty and Academic Division only need to complete a daily health check when you will be on Grounds, and if you are working or learning in a UVA facility. UVA Health team members must also check in via HOOS Health Check on days that they are working remotely.
I am a patient who will be visiting a UVA Health clinic. Do I need to complete a daily health check?
No, UVA Health has thorough scheduling, entrance, registration, and clinical screening processes for all patients scheduled for in-person appointments.
How do I get the HOOS Health Check app?
The HOOS Health Check app is available for free download in the Apple and Google Play stores.
I don't have a smartphone. Is there another way to complete the daily health check?
You can complete the daily health check on the HOOS Health Check website. If you are an employee without a smartphone or internet access at home, you may submit a paper form (printable PDF posted on the ITS website) to your manager when you arrive at work. Please check with your manager if you need copies of the form printed for you. If you are experiencing viral symptoms, do not report to work. Contact your manager to let them know you will not be in and contact Employee Health.
I don't have internet access at home. What do I need to do so that I can come to Grounds?
If you are an employee without a smartphone or internet access at home, you may submit a paper form (printable PDF posted on the ITS website) to your manager when you arrive at work. Please check with your manager if you need copies of the form printed for you. If you are experiencing any viral symptoms, do not report to work. Contact your manager to let them know that you will not be in and contact Employee Health.
Do I need to do a health check anytime I am coming to Grounds, even if I am not attending a class in person?
Students, faculty, and Academic Division staff are required to complete a daily health check on each day that you will be on Grounds, and if you are working or learning at a UVA facility. UVA Health team members must also check in via HOOS Health Check on days that they are working remotely.
If I live on Grounds, do I need to do a health check every day, including weekends?
Yes, you are required to complete a daily health check on each day that you will be on Grounds, and if you will be working or learning in a UVA facility.
Do I need to complete the daily health check by a specific time each day?
If you have downloaded the HOOS Health Check app on your smartphone, you will receive a silent push notification reminder each day at 5:30 a.m. You are required to complete your health check prior to coming to Grounds each day. For UVA faculty, staff and students, there is not a specific time by which you must complete your daily health check.For UVA Health team members, you must complete the daily health check prior to your scheduled shift. If you are experiencing symptoms, you should ensure you complete the health check in accordance with your department/unit attendance policy for advance notice of an absence.
Can I get a daily reminder to complete the daily health check?
Yes, you will receive a daily push notification on your phone every day at 5:30 a.m. if you are using the HOOS Health Check app. Students, faculty, staff, and UVA Health team members will receive email reminders for several weeks as UVA Health team members transition to the new tool, as we prepare to return to Grounds, and again as needed throughout the Fall.
Am I required to use the COVIDWISE app too?
No, UVA is not requiring students or employees to use the COVIDWISE app. Users who voluntarily download the app can send and receive exposure notifications with other app users based on a positive COVID-19 test result.
I’m having technical issues with the HOOS Health Check app. How can I get help?
Visit the ITS website to troubleshoot technical issues. If you are a student, faculty or staff member and need additional support, contact the ITS Help Desk.  UVA Health team members should contact the Health System IT Help Desk.
When I completed my daily health check earlier today, I felt fine. Now I have developed symptoms. What should I do?
Anyone with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 should self-isolate and contact Student Health (for students) or Employee Health (for faculty, staff, and UVA Health team members). You do not need to complete another health check through HOOS Health Check, as you can only respond once per day. You are required to resume daily health checks the next time you are coming to Grounds and if you are working or learning at a UVA facility.
Will my manager (for employees) or professor (for students) know if I have completed the health check?
For faculty and Academic Division staff, there are no plans to provide managers with a report showing who completed the daily health check in their area. Similarly, there are no plans to provide professors or the Office of the Dean of Students with a report showing which students completed the daily health check.UVA Health has different compliance and accreditation standards that require managers/ supervisors to review and attest to the wellness of its team members. A weekly review of compliance with the wellness attestation process is conducted by UVA Health managers/supervisors.
Can the University require screening/testing if someone reports symptoms?
A manager can require someone to leave their workplace if they exhibit symptoms and they can tell an employee who calls in and reports symptoms not to come in to work. Students should contact Student Health for further guidance and evaluation of symptoms. Anyone exhibiting viral symptoms should self-isolate and consult a healthcare provider for medical advice.
Should employees proactively notify their supervisor, and students their instructors, if they are experiencing symptoms or if they have been exposed?
HOOS Health Check provides instructions for individuals with symptoms. Faculty, staff, and UVA Health team members should contact Employee Health. Students should contact Student Health. Individuals with symptoms should remain home (or in their dorm room) and not come to Grounds.Employees should follow normal procedures in reporting an absence due to illness to their supervisor.Students should follow instructor guidance (typically found in the course syllabus, but also announced by the instructor to the class) in notifying they instructor that they need to miss class. 
Can the University prevent someone from coming to work/class if symptomatic or otherwise ask them to leave?
Managers (for employees) and faculty (for students) may ask someone who appears sick to leave.
If I stay home because I am experiencing symptoms, is this considered to be an authorized absence from work?
HOOS Health Check directs anyone with symptoms to self-isolate, contact Employee Health/Student Health, and alert their manager or professor that they are unable to be on Grounds. This guidance is intended to support employees and students who are ill to take care of themselves and to help prevent them from potentially infecting others. Employees: for information about leave, please visit UVA HR’s Managing Leave During the Coronavirus webpage
Is Let’s Get Checked related to HOOS Health Check?
No, Let’s Get Checked is a third-party vendor that the University has contracted with for COVID-19 testing for students.
Is HOOS Health Check the same as the COVIDWISE app?
No, COVIDWISE is the Virginia Department of Health’s exposure notification app, available through the Apple and Google Play stores. This is different than the HOOS Health Check, which is a UVA-specific daily health check.
How will data from the COVIDWISE app be used?
Visit the Virginia Department of Health website for more information about COVIDWISE.
What should I do if COVIDWISE notifies me that I have been in close proiximity to someone who tested positive for COVID-19?
If you receive a notification through the COVIDWISE app, follow the instructions provided via the app. If you have questions, contact the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). Charlottesville and Albemarle are part of the VDH’s Thomas Jefferson Health District.
Will HOOS Health Check share data with COVIDWISE?
No, data will not be shared between these apps.
How will HOOS Health Check data be used?
The daily health check is required on any day that the individual is planning to be physically present on Grounds, and if they are working or learning in a UVA facility. Daily health check information is protected securely as personal medical information. Summary, anonymous data, by location, will be incorporated into a dashboard for the University’s executive leadership team. Personal information collected through HOOS Health Check may be accessed in certain circumstances by the authorized University official responsible for student or employee attestation compliance. For example, if an employee comes to work exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms and subsequently tests positive for COVID-19, the University may check to see (1) if the employee completed their daily health check on the days in question (2) if the employee did complete the daily health check on the days in question, if they attested appropriately, and (3) if any formal complaints regarding non-compliance with the University’s guidelines had been reported on the employee and what action was taken. This information could be used as part of a disciplinary process. We also may use personal information for internal purposes such as internal auditing or data analysis. Finally, subject to additional consents and approval, we may use personal information for research.

Academics

Can all undergraduates take a J-term and a Summer Session I class without paying additional tuition?
Students who paid full-time tuition in fall 2020 and spring 2021 are eligible to take one domestic class in Summer Session I in 2021 at no additional charge as long as they have not accumulated more than 33 credits in fall, J-term, and spring combined. In addition, students who were on leave in Fall 2020, delayed enrollment until Spring 2021, or have transferred to the University for Spring 2021, and who paid full spring 2021 tuition, are also eligible for a Summer Session I class at no additional charge. For more information about these additional classes, visit the University Registrar’s J-Term/Summer Session I page.
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).
Will UVA offices, such as the Office of the Dean of Students, UREG, Office of Undergraduate Admission, be providing services in the spring semester?
Yes. Students should visit the websites for the Dean of Students, UREG, Office of Undergraduate Admissions and other offices as neededfor specific plans and operational updates.
I need to form a virtual study group. How can I do that?
UVA students and faculty have access to several online tools designed to help students in different locations study together. These include Zoom, Teams, and discussion tools within Collab. Students who are interested in studying with their peers are encouraged to check with their faculty about how best they can connect with classmates, and for guidance on the type of work that the faculty member believes is appropriate for group collaboration, within the bounds of the Honor Code.
When do we think study abroad will resume?
The University of Virginia remains committed to providing all students with global education opportunities which include study, research, and internships abroad. The University continues to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health and safety conditions abroad, the travel industry, vaccine availability, nation-state entry requirements, and requirements for re-entering the U.S. These conditions and requirements are fluid and may remain so for some time. As conditions improve, the University will revise the current restriction on student international travel. Student travel could resume as soon as this summer (after May 31) through a small number of UVA-administered education abroad programs and outside programs if conditions allow. A preliminary decision on UVA-administered summer education abroad programs will be announced March 31.Visit the UVA Education Abroad COVID Considerations page for the latest education abroad updates for Summer '21, Fall '21, and Academic Year '21-'22.
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.
What does the hold in my SIS account mean?
When you complete the COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Measures To-Do item in SIS, the first question asks whether you plan to live or learn this fall on Grounds, in Charlottesville or in Albemarle County, or attend any in-person University programs. This question initiates a hold in SIS, based on the following:
  • Students who indicate they do not plan to live or learn on Grounds this semester will have a hold that remains throughout the semester. They will not be able to attend classes in person or access UVA facilities in person.
  • Students who indicate they do plan to live or learn on Grounds this semester will have a hold that remains only until all the requirements are met, including the required submission of COVID-19 testing results.
In neither case will the hold prevent students from attending or enrolling in classes online. The hold does mean, however, that a student may not attend classes in person or access UVA facilities in person until the hold is removed.
Are students who are part-time this fall eligible to take a J-term class and a Summer Session I class without paying additional tuition?
No. Students must pay full-time tuition for fall and spring to be eligible for the J-term and Summer Session I classes at no additional cost. They must pay full-time tuition in fall and spring to be eligible to take one domestic class in Summer Session I, as long as they have not accumulated more than 33 credits in fall, J-term, and spring combined. For more information about these additional classes, visit the University Registrar’s J-Term/Summer Session I page.
What will the grading policy be for J-Term and/or spring 2021?
As per the email sent on November 9, in addition to the standard grading options, undergraduate students have the option to change from a standard grade to a Credit/General Credit/No Credit (CR/GC/NC) grade in both J-Term and spring 2021 classes. The University has documented advising principles to help students and advisors best assess these options. Graduate programs that offered the CR/GC/NC option in the fall will do so again in J-term and spring, using the same criteria. Professional schools are making their own determinations and will communicate with their students directly. UVA will include a notation on transcripts for fall 2020 to indicate that the CR/GC/NC option was offered during the COVID-19 crisis. See the email for more details.
Can all undergraduates take a reduced course load in spring 2021?
You may if your dean's office grants approval. Some students, such as those receiving military education benefits, those who are student athletes, and those who are international students may not be allowed to take fewer than 12 credits. Contact your dean's office for more information. In considering whether to request a reduced course load, students should consult their advisors and, if there are questions about any financial impacts from doing so, contact Student Financial Services.

Academic Calendar

What is the academic calendar?
Will students have spring break or any other days off during the Spring 2021 term?
UVA will not offer the traditional week of Spring Break; however several days off will be offered throughout the spring semester. The University has selected Wednesday, Feb. 17; Tuesday, March 9; Monday, March 29; and Thursday, April 15 for these break days. Visit the Academic Calendar for more information.

Advising

Will faculty advising be offered in person or virtually?
Students will have access to a faculty advisor, whether in-person or virtual. The mode of advising will depend upon individual advisors' plans and space available for them. Details on advising processes for the fall semester will be available from students’ school of enrollment. Students can also seek help from their school’s central student services office. Links are listed on the Total Advising website.
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.
How can I reach the College of Arts and Sciences Association Deans?
To make an appointment with your Association Dean, please call 434-924-3351 (If you don’t know the name of your dean, the staff will assist you when you call to make an appointment). For drop-in advising (also known as Dean of the Day), see https://college.as.virginia.edu/DOD.
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.

Housing

If I lived off Grounds in fall 2020, can I still apply for on-Grounds housing for spring 2021?
Yes. Please note, housing is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. While the priority deadline for undergraduate students has passed, the Spring Only housing application remains open, and housing offers will be made on a rolling basis. Graduate students may submit a Graduate and Faculty/Staff-2020-21 housing application and request a January 2021 move-in date on their application.
Will there be an adjustment to housing and dining charges due to schedule changes for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021?
The University provided adjustments for eligible undergraduate housing and dining charges for the Fall 2020 semester. Housing adjustments for undergraduates who moved into on-Grounds housing residents between August 31 and September 18 ranged from $255 to $310. The amount was based on the student's assigned residence. Undergraduate students with move-in dates prior to August 31 did not receive the housing adjustment. This included students staying in delayed opening, quarantine, or isolation housing prior to August 31.Dining All-Access meal plan adjustments ranged from $190 to $200. This adjustment did impact the Flex Dollars component of the All Access meal plan. Active All-Access meal plans prior to August 31st did receive the All Access dining adjustment. Block Plans and Flex Dollars were not adjusted. Any unused Block and/or Flex Dollars carry over to the next term and/or semester.Fall 2020 DepartureAll current residents of undergraduate housing were prompted to complete  the Winter Break/Spring Housing Intent Form by November 12, 2020, to confirm their plans for Thanksgiving and Winter breaks. Undergraduate on-Grounds housing residents who remain off Grounds from November 25 to December 12 will receive adjustments to their Fall housing charges. Similarly, Dining All-Access meal plan account holders remaining off Grounds from November 25 to December 12 will also receive an adjustment to their Fall Dining All-Access charge.  Adjustments will take into consideration the University’s continuing fixed operational costs for the Housing and Dining programs.  The adjustments will be processed in mid-December. Spring 2021Undergraduate on-Grounds housing residents who remain off Grounds from December 12 until the designated return period for the Spring term will be eligible for adjustments to their Spring housing charges. Again, adjustments will take into consideration the University’s continuing fixed operational costs for the Housing programs.  Spring meal plan charges will not be adjusted as a result of the added spring break days and extended exam period.
What if I want to cancel my on-Grounds housing contract after I chose to live on Grounds?
If you decide to remotely participate in online classes only, you can contact Housing & Residence Life (HRL) via email to housingassignments@virginia.edu to request a release from your on-Grounds housing agreement. HRL will provide information about your eligibility and any applicable fees.Incoming first-year undergraduates released from their on-Grounds housing agreement are required to live in their home communities with their parents, guardians, or others, consistent with our 2020-2021 housing policies.

Operations

How do I get my UVA ID or a replacement ID?
In addition to using UVA ID cards to acccess some spaces and services, all students and employees must present a UVA ID when they arrive for asympomatic prevalence testing. Students or UVA employees who have lost or misplaced their UVA Academic ID can schedule an appointment to obtain a replaement by submitting the ID Replacement Request Form online. For questions related to a replacement UVA Health ID, call 434-982-4009 or email idservices@virginia.edu. New students receiving their first ID should follow guidance they are receiving from their school or Housing & Residence LIfe.

Dining

Will there be an adjustment to housing and dining charges due to schedule changes for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021?
The University provided adjustments for eligible undergraduate housing and dining charges for the Fall 2020 semester. Housing adjustments for undergraduates who moved into on-Grounds housing residents between August 31 and September 18 ranged from $255 to $310. The amount was based on the student's assigned residence. Undergraduate students with move-in dates prior to August 31 did not receive the housing adjustment. This included students staying in delayed opening, quarantine, or isolation housing prior to August 31.Dining All-Access meal plan adjustments ranged from $190 to $200. This adjustment did impact the Flex Dollars component of the All Access meal plan. Active All-Access meal plans prior to August 31st did receive the All Access dining adjustment. Block Plans and Flex Dollars were not adjusted. Any unused Block and/or Flex Dollars carry over to the next term and/or semester.Fall 2020 DepartureAll current residents of undergraduate housing were prompted to complete  the Winter Break/Spring Housing Intent Form by November 12, 2020, to confirm their plans for Thanksgiving and Winter breaks. Undergraduate on-Grounds housing residents who remain off Grounds from November 25 to December 12 will receive adjustments to their Fall housing charges. Similarly, Dining All-Access meal plan account holders remaining off Grounds from November 25 to December 12 will also receive an adjustment to their Fall Dining All-Access charge.  Adjustments will take into consideration the University’s continuing fixed operational costs for the Housing and Dining programs.  The adjustments will be processed in mid-December. Spring 2021Undergraduate on-Grounds housing residents who remain off Grounds from December 12 until the designated return period for the Spring term will be eligible for adjustments to their Spring housing charges. Again, adjustments will take into consideration the University’s continuing fixed operational costs for the Housing programs.  Spring meal plan charges will not be adjusted as a result of the added spring break days and extended exam period.
What are dining plans for Spring 2021?
Spring Dining services will be similar to those in the fall term. See the UVA Dine website for the most current details.

Tuition & Fees

Will there be an adjustment to housing and dining charges due to schedule changes for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021?
The University provided adjustments for eligible undergraduate housing and dining charges for the Fall 2020 semester. Housing adjustments for undergraduates who moved into on-Grounds housing residents between August 31 and September 18 ranged from $255 to $310. The amount was based on the student's assigned residence. Undergraduate students with move-in dates prior to August 31 did not receive the housing adjustment. This included students staying in delayed opening, quarantine, or isolation housing prior to August 31.Dining All-Access meal plan adjustments ranged from $190 to $200. This adjustment did impact the Flex Dollars component of the All Access meal plan. Active All-Access meal plans prior to August 31st did receive the All Access dining adjustment. Block Plans and Flex Dollars were not adjusted. Any unused Block and/or Flex Dollars carry over to the next term and/or semester.Fall 2020 DepartureAll current residents of undergraduate housing were prompted to complete  the Winter Break/Spring Housing Intent Form by November 12, 2020, to confirm their plans for Thanksgiving and Winter breaks. Undergraduate on-Grounds housing residents who remain off Grounds from November 25 to December 12 will receive adjustments to their Fall housing charges. Similarly, Dining All-Access meal plan account holders remaining off Grounds from November 25 to December 12 will also receive an adjustment to their Fall Dining All-Access charge.  Adjustments will take into consideration the University’s continuing fixed operational costs for the Housing and Dining programs.  The adjustments will be processed in mid-December. Spring 2021Undergraduate on-Grounds housing residents who remain off Grounds from December 12 until the designated return period for the Spring term will be eligible for adjustments to their Spring housing charges. Again, adjustments will take into consideration the University’s continuing fixed operational costs for the Housing programs.  Spring meal plan charges will not be adjusted as a result of the added spring break days and extended exam period.
Will tuition and fees be the same whether my classes are online or in-person?
Tuition will be the same for online and in-person classes because both options offer the same academic content and credit and the same exceptional value. Our faculty and staff are working hard to ensure that courses remain both supportive and challenging and that students continue to engage actively with their professors and one another. Full-time students pay a fee that partly funds the facilities and services that the student community needs. This mandatory fee supports:  (1) some services 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 payments on existing debt, for essential infrastructure that must be sustained so that opportunities remain available to students over their entire academic careers; and (3) activities that presume a physical presence on Grounds, such as athletic events, University transit services, recreational facilities, and art performances.For Spring 2021 – consistent with 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 Charlottesville or Albemarle County. Accordingly, the University is reducing the Spring 2021 comprehensive fee and the University activity 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 $660.
Are Summer Session courses included in my 20/21 academic year tuition?
Students who paid full fall 2020 and spring 2021 tuition and who earn 33 or fewer credit hours across the three 2020-2021 terms (Fall, J-term, Spring) are eligible for a domestic Summer Session I course at no additional charge. In addition, students who were on leave in fall 2020, delayed enrollment until Spring 2021, or have transferred to the University for spring 2021, and who paid full spring 2021 tuition, are also eligible for a Summer Session I class at no additional charge. For more information about these additional classes, visit the University Registrar’s J-Term/Summer Session I page.

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 is very different now from what it was before. How can I find out if I qualify for more need-based 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 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. Please see the Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid page for current information about CARES Act funding for students.

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