Public Health Measures
Ongoing Public Health and Safety Measures for all UVA Community members
Public Health Measures
All members of the University community must comply with policies and procedures designed to keep the community safe. A summary of these public health measures is provided here:
- COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing: For details about vaccination and testing requirements for students and employees, see the Vaccinations and Testing pages.
- Daily Health Check. 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. Before coming to any UVA Health facility, all UVA Health team members, including 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 . 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.
- Guidance for community members who have contracted COVID-19. All UVA community members who are in the Charlottesville region are required to follow University health and safety policies, including those who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 or who have been vaccinated.
- Face Masks: 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.
Masks are required outdoors for unvaccinated people (students, faculty, staff, contractors, and visitors).
- EATING, DRINKING: Masks are not required when actively eating or drinking.
- TEACHING: Instructors may remove masks when teaching behind plexiglass barriers as long as they can maintain physical distance of at least six feet from students. Specific course-related exemptions to this policy will be handled by the schools, in consultation with the Provost’s Office.
- AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) ACCOMMODATIONS: Some members of the University community may have pre-existing conditions that preclude them from wearing a mask; the relevant UVA office will evaluate requests for accommodation to determine whether there is a qualifying disability-related condition under ADA and a reasonable accommodation. Students with qualifying disability-related conditions can contact the Student Disability Access Center (SDAC) to seek accommodations related to masking requirements. Employees with qualifying disability-related conditions can seek accommodations related to masking requirements by following the Procedures for Employees with Disabilities to Request Workplace Accommodations
Events and Gatherings: To reduce the risk of the potential spread of COVID-19, in-person gatherings and events should be conducted outdoors if possible, and individuals should follow CDC guidelines for safe in-person gatherings and events.
Visitors to the University: Visitors are allowed on Grounds and must comply with the face coverings requirements listed above.
- Travel. University-related domestic travel is allowed, as long as travelers follow CDC guidelines, which call for individuals to be fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized COVID vaccine before they travel. The University strongly encourages adherence to both VDH guidance for travelers and CDC considerations on traveling away from your local community in the United States. Personal Travel: If you must travel, we ask all University faculty, staff, and students to take account of state and territorial health department websites and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the latest travel guidance.
For details, please review University Policy SEC-046: Health & Safety Requirement –Restrictions on Travel for Business & Instructional Purposes.
All University-related international travel by faculty and staff must follow the policy on Faculty and Staff International Travel.
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.
For details about compliance with student testing requirements, please see University Policy SEC-045. Details about employee enforcement measures for non-compliance with required testing are available on the UVA HR website.
In addition to the reporting platforms available to members of the UVA community, the University has developed a reporting form, specifically for persons in the surrounding community, to share concerns or to report behavior that may be contrary to our policies and the expectations of our students and employees regarding COVID-19 compliance. For more information, please visit the Community Concerns Reporting Portal.