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FAQs for Students

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

Vaccinations

Is UVA requiring students to be vaccinated and boosted?
While not required, all students, full-time and part-time UVA faculty and staff, including those working remotely, are strongly encouraged to receive their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses when eligible per CDC recommendation. Information about vaccine availaibility can be found at vaccines.gov and the Virginia Department of Health's Blue Ridge Health District website. For more information about vaccination for UVA Health team members, including School of Medicine and School of Nursing students who are required to be in health system facilities for training or practical experience, please visit the UVA HR site.

Public Health and Safety

Are there restrictions on visitors?
Does UVA require face masks to be worn on Grounds?
Wearing masks is optional in UVA properties and on public transportation, with the following exception: masks must be worn in UVA Health and Student Health and Wellness Center clinical spaces or where patient care is provided. See University Policy SEC-045: COVID-19 Health & Safety Requirement - Vaccination, Testing, Face Masks, Events and Gatherings, and Visitors for details and exceptions. 
Are masks required in research labs?
Mask requirements unrelated to COVID-19, such as those associated with hazardous chemicals, remain in place.
Can I ask a colleague or student to wear a mask when we are meeting in an office on Grounds or working together in a research lab where masking is not required?
There is no "one size fits all" rule about negotiating mask preferences in mask-optional settings. We encourage everyone to treat each other with respect and common courtesy. Depending on the situation, this may mean being willing to put on a mask when asked, communicating masking preferences in advance, or offering to meet virtually if appropriate. UVA community members are encouraged to carry a mask in case they are asked to wear one.  
Are there restrictions on University travel?
University-related international travel is no longer restricted due to COVID-19. Faculty and staff travel is subject to the University Policy on Faculty and Staff International Travel and requires registration only.  Student international travel has reverted to the requirements established in the University Policy on Student International Travel and is subject to review. Students, including graduate students and GME residents and fellows must complete an ISO education abroad program application or travel registration prior to departure. Itineraries that involve travel to destinations with a U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory of Level 3 or Level 4 or CDC Level 3 for reasons other than COVID-19 will require approval of a petition for an exemption to the University Policy on Student International Travel. See the International Studies Office COVID Considerations page and the Travel Alerts, Notice, and Warnings page for more information on student travel.  
Are there restrictions on events and gatherings?

 Individuals are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines for safe in-person events and gatherings.

Testing

Can I go to Student Health and Wellness to be tested?
Students who are experiencing symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 should schedule a COVID-19 testing appointment through the HealthyHoos patient portal. All visits at Student Health and Wellness are by appointment only; there are no walk-in visits.

Isolation and Precautions

What should I do if I think I have COVID-19 or if someone around me tests positive for COVID-19?
Given the highly contagious nature of the coronavirus, everyone should prepare for the possibility of getting COVID-19 or being exposed to it. See the Student Health and Wellness website for helpful information. If you are experiencing symptoms, you should isolate and get tested. If you test positive, consult the CDC’s guidance on Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19. If you were exposed to someone who tested positive, consult the CDC's guidance on What to Do If You Were Exposed to COVID-19.

Academics

What is the status of study abroad?
Student international travel for University-related purposes is no longer restricted due to COVID-19 and has reverted to the requirements established in the University Policy on Student International Travel. All students, including graduate students and GME residents and fellows, must complete an ISO education abroad program application or travel registration prior to departure. Travel plans are subject to review and itineraries that involve travel to destinations with a U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory of Level 3 or Level 4 or CDC Level 3 for reasons other than COVID-19 will require approval of a petition for an exemption to the University Policy on Student International Travel. See the International Studies Office COVID Considerations page and the Travel Alerts, Notice, and Warnings page for more information. 

Operations

Where can I find more information about cleaning protocols and HVAC?
Facilities Management has posted details and FAQs on its website: Operational COVID-19 Resources.

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