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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.
Is UVA requiring students to be vaccinated and boosted?
All students attending in the Spring 2022 semester were required to upload proof of an approved booster shot to the HealthyHoos patient portal (click "Upload" and select "COVID-19 Vaccine Immunization Information") no later than January 14, 2022. Those who are not eligible to receive their booster by January 14, 2022 were asked to submit proof of their booster no later than 30 days following their first day of eligibility. If a student previously received a medical or religious exemption, they do not need to take any further action, other than to continue complying with public health policies. We strongly encouraged all students and faculty who will participate in January Term 2022 courses to get a booster vaccine before courses began on January 3. 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 a booster dose when eligible per CDC recommendation. 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.
Should I receive the booster if I have recently tested positive for COVID-19?
A booster may be obtained 10-14 days after the start of symptoms (or day of your test if asymptomatic) as long as your symptoms have mostly improved.

Public Health and Safety

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 there restrictions on events and gatherings?

 Individuals should follow CDC guidelines for safe in-person events and gatherings.

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.
How effective is my mask if I’m the only one wearing a mask?
A well-fitting medical grade mask or respirator (for example, KN95) provides individual protection for you, and it reduces the risk of transmitting infection to others. A KN95 with ear loops filters over 90% of airborne particles. The CDC provides guidance on mask wearing that can be accessed here.  In addition to wearing a mask, all community members are encouraged to remain up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccines which provides a high level of protection against the virus. 

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 page for information. More details for faculty, staff, and UVA Health team members are available on the UVA HR website.
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.
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, including Student Health and Wellness. 
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 families, roommates, and housemates about preparing for a possible positive COVID test. This webpage 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 families, roommates, and housemates about preparing for a possible positive COVID test. This webpage can help you.
How are we isolating students who contract COVID-19?
Students should discuss their isolation plan with families and roommates if they contract COVID-19.  The University will provide Isolation Housing only to students who live on Grounds and are unable to isolate at their permanent home due to  extenuating circumstances (e.g. distance, high-risk family members, unsafe home environment.)
What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get tested and separate yourself from others as much as possible until you receive your result. 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?
For resources related to quarantine and isolation, please visit the Student Health and Wellness “Close Contact, Quarantine, and Isolation” webpage
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?
You and your housemate(s) should view yourselves as a family unit and 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?
If you are assigned University-managed isolation space, you will be able to order medication for delivery via the UVA Health satellite 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 am in isolation or quarantine and need medicine. What should I do?
If you are assigned University-managed isolation space, you will be able to order medication for delivery via the UVA Health satellite 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.

Academics

What is the status for study abroad?
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. However, thanks to health and safety measures implemented by travel and program providers and individual nations, expanded access to COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, and careful student planning, the University is allowing a number of students to travel abroad for university related purposes. 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 to require a favorable review of local health, safety, and security conditions and individual student plans. See the COVID Considerations page for more information.
Can I ask a colleague or student to wear a mask when we are meeting in an office on Grounds?
There is no "one size fits all" rule about negotiating mask preferences in mask-optional settings. As we navigate the shift to most settings being mask-optional, we are encouraging 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 masks required in research labs?
Masks are not required in research labs, except in the Health System. Mask requirements unrelated to COVID-19, such as those associated with hazardous chemicals, remain in place.

Academic Calendar

What is the academic calendar?

Advising

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.

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

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 2021-22, 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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