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Spring 2021 Update
In This Email:
  • Updates on COVID-19 testing and vaccines
  • Details on dining and recreation in Spring 2021
  • Important reminders for students and University staff

Earlier this week, President Jim Ryan and Dean of Students Allen Groves released a video message explaining the reasoning behind the University’s approach to the upcoming semester and the responsibility of every person who comes to Grounds this spring to keep themselves and others healthy and safe. If you are planning to be in the Charlottesville/Albemarle region this spring, please watch it.

Additionally, University leaders and public health experts will be conducting a town hall to answer questions about the coming semester on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 4 to 5 p.m. The event is open to all. Click here to register.

In a little more than a week, many students will have moved into their residence halls and undergraduate courses with an in-person component will have begun. If you are planning to return, we hope you are already taking precautions to reduce your exposure to the virus and complying with all testing requirements. This semester will be challenging, but we can get off to a strong start by following the public health guidance provided in the updatebelow. Thank you for all you are doing, and will continue to do, to make another semester together possible.

Liz Magill

JJ Davis
Chief Operating Officer

Reminder for Students to Complete Pre-Arrival Tests Now
Students planning to return by Feb. 1 should return their Let’s Get Checked kit immediately. Students who have not yet ordered their LGC kits should order, take, and return their kits as soon as possible. Given shipping and processing times, students who delay may not be cleared to return until after Feb. 1. Finally, weekly saliva testing is NOT a substitute for required pre-arrival testing. For more information visit the Pre-Arrival Testing page.
Weekly Prevalence Testing Required for All Students in the Area
Students who are in Charlottesville/ Albemarle are required to test weekly. Through the end of January, students may select their own test days and times from the walk-in hours. Beginning Feb. 1, students will test on a designated day each week. See the Prevalence Testing page for details. 

All students and employees must present a UVA ID when they arrive for asymptomatic prevalence testing. Students or UVA employees who have lost or misplaced their UVA Academic ID can schedule an appointment to obtain a replacement by submitting the ID Replacement Request Form online. For questions related to a replacement UVA Health ID, call 434-982-4009 or email

New students obtaining their first ID should follow guidance they are receiving from their school or from Housing & Residence Life.
Commonwealth of Virginia Vaccination Update
Vaccine distribution in the Commonwealth, led by the Virginia Department of Health, is currently limited to Phase 1A healthcare workers and Phase 1B essential workers and individuals 65 and older and those ages 16-64 with high-risk medical conditions. You can learn more about the local vaccination program and phases, and complete a survey to be placed on the vaccine list if you are currently eligible on the Blue Ridge Health District (BRHD) website.

As directed by BRHD, UVA Health has begun offering COVID-19 vaccine to some area residents who are eligible. Individuals on the list – which was compiled by BRHD – have received instructions for scheduling their vaccinations. BRHD will be reaching out to others included in Phase 1B with information on scheduling their vaccinations. 

Please do not schedule a vaccine appointment unless you have received an email directly from BRHD or UVA that it is your time to schedule an appointment. You will be turned away from the vaccine clinic if you are not eligible for a vaccine at this time. 
HOOS Health Check
Everyone is required to use HOOS Health Check each day they come to Grounds. Have questions? Visit the FAQs.
Reminder: COVID Requirements Remain in Effect Across Grounds
UVA has instituted important requirements to limit the spread of the virus. Gatherings on Grounds are limited to 6, with certain exceptions as outlined in the policy, including in-person classes. Other restrictions on face coverings and physical distancing, along with restrictions on travel, visitors, and events remain in effect. For details on these policies, what you can do to promote compliance, and how to report violations, see  Public Health Measures on the Return to Grounds site.
Executive Order on Stay-at-Home Requirements, Dining and Alcohol Sales
Effective Dec. 14, 2020, Gov. Ralph Northam put into place temporary restrictions due to the coronavirus. His executive order requires individuals to stay at home between midnight and 5 a.m. unless they meet one of several narrow exceptions like traveling to school or work, seeking medical attention, or caring for other individuals. The order also restricts on-premise alcohol sales at bars, restaurants and other establishments after 10 p.m. and requires all such establishments to close at midnight. More information is available here.
Fee Reduction for Students not Living or Learning on Grounds or Locally
For the Spring 2021 term – consistent with the Fall 2020 term – certain services covered by the comprehensive fee and the University activity fee will not be fully available for students who are not living or learning on Grounds. Accordingly, the University is reducing by $660 the spring 2021 comprehensive fee and the University activity fee for both in-state and out-of-state students who will not be living or learning on Grounds or in Charlottesville/Albemarle County. This change should be reflected on the student account within a few days of the student completing all COVID-related required tasks in their SIS account. For more information visit the SFS web page.
Deadline for Choosing the CR/GC/NC Grading Option 
Students have until the Add deadline (Feb. 16) to choose Graded (A-F grades) or the COVID Credit/General Credit/No Credit grading option for their Spring courses in SIS. Students will have an additional opportunity beginning on April 23 until April 30 to change the grading option for each of their courses. The deadline to make any changes to a course grading option is Friday, April 30, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.  For additional COVID CR/GC/NC grading information please read these Advising Principles.  
Dining Info for Spring 2021
Spring Dining Services will be similar to those in the Fall semester, with dine-in, carry-out, and delivery options. For current operating hours by location, please visit the UVA Dining Services website. Please keep in mind that face masks and physical distancing are required to enter the dining rooms. As capacity for dine-in is limited, students are encouraged to avoid peak times when possible. The Harvest Table dining program will begin at Runk Dining Hall on Jan. 30.
IM-Rec Open to Students Who Complete Requirements
Looking for a place to work out and have some fun? For up-to-date information about IM-Rec Sports facilities, see the IM-Rec Sports Beat COVID webpage. All requirements in SIS must be completed, including the Let’s Get Checked pre-arrival test, to access IM-Rec facilities.
Reopening of University Spaces
Several spaces frequented by students will reopen with daily hours on Monday, Jan. 25. Hours for the week of Jan. 25 include:
  • Newcomb – 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • 1515 – 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Rotunda – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sunday-Thursday study hours until 10 p.m. will resume Feb. 1)
  • Chapel – 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Remember to Keep Your Address Updated in SIS
As part of the requirement around weekly prevalence testing, students are reminded to keep their mailing address updated in SIS. Only students who are living in the area of Charlottesville or Albemarle County will be subject to prevalence testing.
Ryan, Groves Address Students, UVA Community Ahead of Spring Semester
UVA President Jim Ryan and Dean of Students Allen Groves spoke in a video about the decision to bring students back and expectations for the new semester. MORE >
UVA Stays With Plan to Begin In-Person Instruction Feb. 1
UVA will begin in-person undergraduate instruction on Feb. 1. Residence hall move-in, graduate and professional program instruction will proceed as planned. MORE >


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