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Spring 2021 Update
In This Email:
  • Now is the time for all members of this community aged 16 and older to get vaccinated.
  • As students prepare for the end of the term, this update includes guidance for pre-graduation testing and guidance for students as they head home or prepare to stay in Charlottesville over the summer.
  • The University is actively supporting members of our community who are struggling with surges of the virus in India and other countries around the world.

We write to you as students, faculty, and staff make their way through the final day of classes of the 2020-2021 academic year. While exams, Final Exercises, and the beginning of summer instruction and programming are still ahead of us, we hope you will take a moment to reflect on all we have accomplished, as individuals and as a community, since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

When the coronavirus first reached Virginia in March 2020, UVA was a predominantly in-person institution practicing instruction, patient care, research, and other core elements of our mission in much the way we always had. In a matter of days, the virus changed nearly every element of life at the University.

Faculty, staff, and students turned on a dime to make virtual, and then hybrid, instruction work. Many members of the University’s dedicated team overcame the difficulties of teleworking full time, often balancing family obligations or other complications while continuing to deliver high-quality work at a critical time.

University health care workers took on new roles and responsibilities, as well as new risks, to care for members of our community who fell ill with COVID-19. Researchers and public health experts went right to work contributing to human understanding of the virus and developing new tools and methods to detect, treat, and prevent the spread, much to the benefit of the UVA community and people far beyond it.

We all adapted to new and innovative techniques and strategies in order to keep ourselves and the people around us safe and to make a return to living, learning, and working together on Grounds possible again.
The first COVID-19 test developed in the Commonwealth. A brand-new wastewater testing program. A saliva testing approach that allowed for weekly prevalence testing. New financial support resources for students, faculty, and staff. Innovative Signature J-Term and Summer courses. A host of fun and safe activities both in-person and online to help us all stay connected. Mass testing and vaccination programs that continue to benefit our entire region. Your achievements over the past year are too numerous to count, or to fully capture in an email, but that doesn’t make them any less extraordinary.

It hasn’t been smooth or easy, and there is still a lot of work left, both to finish the semester together and put this pandemic behind us. However, as we near the end of this academic year, we want to say how humbled and grateful we are for this community and the ways in which you have risen to every challenge.

As the Spring 2021 semester draws to a close, this will be the final edition of the weekly update. That being said, you can certainly expect to hear from University leaders in the near future and over the summer, particularly as we finalize our policy on vaccine requirements and other important issues for the coming fall semester. This week’s update offers a lot of important information community members need as they prepare for the end of the semester, so please review it carefully.

For now, we want to wish you good luck on exams, happy Final Exercises to the Classes of 2020 and 2021, and a safe and relaxing summer to you all. Thank you for all the ways you’ve helped make this year as safe and rewarding as possible for all of us. 

Jim Ryan

Liz Magill

JJ Davis
Chief Operating Officer

Dr. K. Craig Kent
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs

Now Is the Time to Get Vaccinated
The easiest way to care for each other and get back to normal is to get vaccinated. UVA Health is offering vaccine appointments to anyone (UVA-affiliated or not) aged 16 and up. Schedule at UVA Health COVID Vaccine Clinic Appointments.
Changes in Saliva Testing Schedule and Locations
Due to Final Exercises for the classes of 2020 and 2021, the schedule for saliva testing will change in the following ways:
  • All sites will be closed Sunday, May 16.  Beginning Thursday, May 20 at noon, all sites will be closed until Tuesday, May 25, at 8 a.m.
  • The Student Activities Building (SAB) will become a new testing site beginning May 10. On May 25, the SAB will be the University’s only saliva testing site. It will be closed on May 31 for Memorial Day.
Prevalence Testing for Students After May 14
Weekly testing remains mandatory for the springsemester through May 14 for nongraduating students living or learning in the area, unless you are fully vaccinated or have had a positive COVID-19 test in the past 150 days. Graduating students are required to test May 17, 18, or 19 (see below).

If you will be remaining in Charlottesville and coming onto Grounds or working on Grounds after May 14 and you are subject to testing, you should continue to participate, on your honor, in weekly testing.

Students or graduates who will be in Charlottesville this summer but not living, learning, working, or otherwise engaged in activities on Grounds DO NOT need to participate in weekly prevalence testing.
Saliva Testing before Final Exercises
If you are graduating and have been testing through UVA’s saliva testing program, you should plan to get tested on May 17, 18, or 19 so the results will be back before Finals Weekend. To prevent viral transmission in the Charlottesville area or in students’ home communities, graduates who test positive will not be able to join the procession or their in-person ceremony. All five Final Exercises ceremonies will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend in person.
COVID-19 Testing for Summer Programs
As announced in the Spring 2021 Update from March 25, the University is limiting the number and size of programs hosted on and off Grounds this summer. Certain programs have been approved for an in-person component, mostly graduate, professional, and executive education programs.

Pre-arrival and prevalence testing will be required for participants in these programs, including those held off Grounds. Fully vaccinated students will be exempted. If you are planning to attend an approved in-person program this summer, you will hear about requirements and exemptions directly from your school.
University Support for Community Members Affected by International COVID Surges
Even as viral transmission has slowed in the United States, other parts of the world are struggling with significant surges. This week, the University Office of Global Affairs and Office of the Dean of Students distributed a joint message to students directly affected by the surge in India, offering resources and support. Any student with international ties who is facing unusual circumstances or challenges, including those pertaining to travel, should contact the International Students and Scholars Office at Students who may be personally affected are reminded of resources available to them through Counseling and Psychological Services. The  Faculty and Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) is also available to provide support to faculty and staff who are facing challenges connected to COVID surges around the world.
End of Year Instructions from Housing and Residence Life
Unless approved for a Late Stay, all undergraduate on-Grounds housing residents must move out within 24 hours of their last exam or by 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, whichever comes first. For details, including COVID-19 safety protocols for move-out, please see the Housing & Residence Life website at Graduate students living on Grounds will receive an email from Housing & Residence Life with graduate housing check-out and cleaning instructions.
UVA Dine Updates
Keep an eye out for UVA Dine’s snack tables in the upcoming weeks. Fuel up for finals by stopping by and grabbing free snacks and drinks (while supplies last) to help you finish the semester strong.
  • Monday, May 10, at 1 p.m.: O’Hill Patio
  • Tuesday, May 11, at 1 p.m.: Outside Clark Library
  • Wednesday, May 12, at 1 p.m.: Outside Clemons Library
Help our Dining reusable to-go program continue next semester by dropping off your reusable to-go box in any of the three dining rooms before you leave Grounds.
Summer Changes to IM-Rec Access
Gym access switches from spring to summer on May 24. Students not enrolled in summer classes must purchase a summer membership to access IM-Rec rec centers between May 24 and Aug. 20. We are excited to launch our On Demand Fitness videos. Keep your routine going strong and bring your favorite instructors with you this summer with a Virtual Only membership  and have access to our on demand library.
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