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In a year as challenging as 2020 has been, we are pleased to write to you in a week where the news around Grounds has been positive.

The University’s COVID Tracker reports a decline in cases within our community. That trend has enabled us to raise the limit on in-person gatherings from five to 10. And the University’s capacity to test students on and off Grounds is expanding.

Each of these positive developments is a testament to the patience, discipline, and hard work that members of this community have shown over the course of this semester. We are all doing our best to adapt to a new normal in order to make the most out of this unique semester together.

Of course, now is certainly not the time to let up. This virus is unpredictable, and with the onset of cooler weather, there is risk of an increase in cases within our community and across the Commonwealth. In fact, as you no doubt know, in some parts of the country we are seeing increases in case numbers. We are already thinking of ways to make it easier for students to continue to gather safely outside and we hope you will do the same in your own social circles.

We are also in the process of taking the lessons we have learned so far and applying them to our plans for the rest of this semester and the upcoming spring term. We will share more in the coming weeks about a number of topics, including health and safety protocols for returning home around Thanksgiving and what life will look like on Grounds when you return.

While we still have a ways to go, we hope you feel as encouraged as we do by some of the trends we are seeing around Grounds. By sticking to the simple behaviors that limit the spread, we can keep each other and our Charlottesville neighbors safe and keep this semester on track. 

Liz Magill
Provost

J.J. Davis
Chief Operating Officer
PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES
Changes to UVA Policy on Gatherings
As a result of a decrease in cases in our community, UVA has increased the limit on gatherings from five to 10. Temporary policies and guidance on masks, visitors, and avoidable travel remain in effect.. 
Expanded Student Testing On and Off Grounds
In order to detect and respond to cases as early as possible, UVA is using several testing methodologies to expand asymptomatic testing for students. Students will receive more information about testing appointments and other instructions.
Hoos Health Check and COVIDWISE
Hoos Health Check: Everyone is required to use Hoos Health Check each day they come to Grounds. Have questions? Visit the FAQs.

COVIDWISE: Use your phone to fight COVID-19 by downloading COVIDWISE, the Virginia Department of Health’s exposure notification app.
ACADEMIC LIFE
Grading Policy Change for the Fall Semester
As this unique and challenging semester progresses, undergraduate students will have the option to switch from a standard grade in a class to a Credit/General Credit/No Credit (CR/GC/NC) grade. Students will need to make the switch in SIS from a standard grade to a CR/GC/NC option between Monday, Nov. 2, and Friday, Nov. 6.
RETURNING TO WORK ON GROUNDS
Employee Flu Shot Update
The UVA flu shot clinic program is altered this year due to the pandemic, but employees and team members still have easy access to getting shots. See the HR flu shot webpage for details, including locations and cost coverage. 
Reminder: Open Enrollment Ends Soon
UVA Benefits Open Enrollment ends this Friday. If you have not enrolled, see the Open Enrollment website for detailed information, and attend the Virtual Benefits & Well-Being Expo for live information and Q&A.
STUDENT LIFE
Get Out!
IM-Rec Sports has some great outdoor activities coming up this week: Ragged Mountain Boat Rentals, IM-Rec Treasure Hunt, and Bouldering Tips & Tricks. Register now for these and more or download the IM-Rec app and register there.
NEWS FROM UVA TODAY
UVA to Test Dorm Residents More Regularly, Relaxes Restriction on Gatherings
UVA will test all students living in residence halls at least once every nine days. Students will also be allowed to gather in groups of up to 10. MORE >
UVA Weekly: Dispatches from the Lab, Memorial Tour
This week’s episode explores COVID-19 treatment and vaccine research at UVA, upcoming activities compliant with current guidelines, and the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers. MORE >

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