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

Vaccinations

What if I don't feel well after receiving the vaccine?
You may experience some side effects after receiving your COVID-19 vaccine, but this is normal as your body builds protection and should go away in a day or two. As per CDC information, some side effects are relatively common, such as arm soreness. This infographic provides some helpful tips to minimize side effects. Please also consider enrolling in V-Safe to received personalized health check-ins and follow V-Safe post-vaccine recommendations. If you feel like you are having a concerning vaccine reaction, please call Student Health and Wellness at 434-924-5362 (434-297-4261 after hours) to set up an appointment to discuss.
Can my life go back to normal after I'm vaccinated?
You are not fully vaccinated or protected until two weeks after your final vaccine. People should continue to protect themselves and others with masking, physical distancing, remaining outside, avoiding large gatherings, etc.  After this two-week timeframe, here are some guidelines for what you can/can't do: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html.  While being vaccinated helps protect you from COVID-19, those who are vaccinated need to continue to protect those in the community who are not vaccinated.  Continue to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, stay home if you are not feeling well, and set up an appointment with Student Health and Wellness to get tested.

Public Health and Safety

Does UVA require face masks to be worn on Grounds?
Masks are required for all people (students, faculty, staff, contractors, and visitors), both vaccinated and unvaccinated, who enter UVA properties. This includes University-owned or leased public spaces like academic or administrative buildings, libraries, labs, dining halls, IM/Rec facilities, all UVA Health properties, and public transportation. This does not include dorms or private housing, (including common areas within those spaces), or those alone within individual offices. Masks are required outdoors for unvaccinated people (students, faculty, staff, contractors, and visitors). See University Policy SEC-045: COVID-19 Health & Safety Requirement - Vaccination, Testing, Face Masks, Events and Gatherings, and Visitors for details and exceptions. 
Are there restrictions on events and gatherings?

 To reduce the risk of the potential spread of COVID-19, in-person gatherings and events should be held outdoors if possible, and individuals should follow CDC guidelines for safe in-person gatherings and events

Are there restrictions on visitors?
Are there restrictions on University travel?
Student international travel for University-related purposes remains restricted. As conditions change, the University will continue to review the current University Restriction on All Student International Travel due to COVID19. This University Restriction affects all education abroad pursuits, including credit-bearing study abroad, research, internships, and student participation in non-UVA education abroad programs.  All student international travel, including travel by graduate students and GME residents and fellows, is subject to the University Policy on Student International Travel and will continue through fall 2021 to require a favorable review of local health, safety, and security conditions and individual student plans. See the ISO’s COVID Considerations Page for more information.   Faculty and staff are no longer restricted from international travel for University-related purposes. Travel is subject to the University Policy on Faculty and Staff International Travel and requires registration
How will rules under Policy SEC-045 be enforced?

Failure to comply with requirements of University Policy SEC-045: COVID-19 Health & Safety Requirement - Prevalence Testing, Face Masks, Physical Distancing, Events and Gatherings, and Visitors may result in disciplinary action in accordance with relevant University policies.

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.

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.

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.

Testing

Why doesn’t the University require those who test positive to stay away until they have a negative test result?
Individuals 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. Based on UVA epidemiologists’ assessment of recent research, the risk of reinfection increases after 150 days. Anyone who exhibits symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should contact Student Health and Wellness (students) or Employee Health (employees) immediately for guidance, regardless of how many days have passed since an initial positive test.
If I want/need a test, what should I do?
See the Testing pages for information. More details for faculty, staff, and UVA Health team members are available on the UVA HR website for required prevalence testing and elective testing for certain groups.
Can I go to Student Health and Wellness to be tested?
If you are experiencing symptoms, 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.
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 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. 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.
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 have symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of your vaccination status, please call Student Health and Wellness at (434) 924-5362. If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, please review this PDF for next steps.
What happens if my roommate or someone around me tests positive for COVID-19?
Students with concern for close contact exposure should review this PDF for next steps.
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. 
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

Do I need to complete a daily health check before coming to work or class?
All UVA Health employees, as well as Academic Division faculty, staff, and students in the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and Health Sciences Library are required to complete a daily health check through HOOS Health Check before coming to any UVA Health facility. We continue to encourage all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to consider whether they have any symptoms of COVID-19 before coming to Grounds and to stay home if they are feeling ill. Any Academic Division employees who are entering the Medical Center space to work or provide services will still need to complete the HOOS Health Check in advance, in compliance with federal regulations. The HOOS Health Check app is available for free download in the Apple and Google Play stores. You may also complete the daily health check on the HOOS Health Check website. To troubleshoot technical issues, visit the ITS website or contact the HIT Help Desk at 434-924-5334.

Academics

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.Student international travel for University-related purposes remains restricted. As conditions change, the University will continue to review the current University Restriction on All Student International Travel due to COVID19. This University Restriction affects all education abroad pursuits, including credit-bearing study abroad, research, internships, and student participation in non-UVA education abroad programs.  All student international travel, including travel by graduate students and GME residents and fellows, is subject to the University Policy on Student International Travel and will continue through fall 2021 to require a favorable review of local health, safety, and security conditions and individual student plans. See the ISO’s COVID Considerations Page for more information.
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.
Are libraries open?
For up-to-the minute information on hours and more, check the Library’s status dashboard. Millions of digital and physical items are available online through Virgo. Ask a Librarian is another resource to find what you need.

Academic Calendar

What is the academic calendar?

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.

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.
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.

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 2021-2022 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 Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding still available?
In academic year 2020-21, the University will provide qualified students with additional funds from the American Rescue Plan, which is the final installment of funding from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.  Please see the Student Financial Services Operational Updates page for the most up-to-date information about the American Rescue Plan.

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