This week we are announcing details on the upcoming Summer 2021 academic terms. As we previously announced, undergraduates who paid full-time tuition in the spring are eligible to take one domestic class in Summer Session I at no additional charge.
Our Summer Session 2021 courses will be taught online, as they were last summer. This approach is due in part to uncertainty associated with predicting the virus several months away, but it will also offer students greater flexibility and permit instructors to increase capacity for many classes, including Signature courses. Graduate and professional school students will hear from their schools about how courses will be offered this summer.
Students taking courses this summer will once again have the option to select “COVID Credit/Gen Credit/No Credit” grading options when they enroll.
Certain facilities like IM-Rec will remain open during Summer Session, though hours may vary. UVA Dining will adjust service levels for a smaller population over the summer. More information on the University’s approach to Summer Session is in the update below, including updates on summer camps and orientation for new students in the fall.
In other news, the planning process for Final Exercises for the Class of 2021 continues as we evaluate Gov. Ralph Northam’s executive order establishing attendance caps and spacing requirements for graduation ceremonies. We will make an announcement about how we plan to celebrate our students while complying with those requirements on or before April 2. Additionally, as we have said previously, we are working with representatives of the Class of 2020 to honor their achievements as well.
We want to commend members of this community for continuing to keep cases of COVID-19 low. Thanks to your efforts we were able to increase the limit for outdoor gatherings to 25. The key to maintaining this more relaxed posture is following all University public health guidelines closely, including the 6-person limit for indoor gatherings and requirements that everyone attending a gathering of any size must remain masked and distanced at all times. What you’re doing is working – please keep it up.
Finally, we know many are also anxious to hear about our plans for the fall. We look forward to an in-person residential and educational experience next fall. We will include more details next week about what to expect.
Liz Magill Provost
JJ Davis Chief Operating Officer
SUMMER 2021 UPDATES
Summer Session Courses Online, Including Signature Courses
Just like last summer, undergraduate classes that are offered during Summer Session 2021 will be taught online. The University is once again offering Signature courses to undergraduates on a variety of topics, including some of the most popular Signature courses from J-Term. As these are finalized, the Summer Session I Signature Course listing website (and SIS) will be updated.
Graduate and professional school students will hear more information from their schools about options available to them.
Important Summer Session Dates for Undergraduates
The Summer Session schedule of classes will be available in SIS on March 26. To view a preliminary list of Summer 2021 courses, you can visit the Summer Session website.
Starting April 2, you can check SIS to see your enrollment appointment date/time for Summer Session, and you can begin adding courses to your shopping cart. You may start enrolling in the week of April 12, once your scheduled enrollment appointment time has begun. For more information about Summer Session add/drop/withdrawal deadlines, please visit the Summer Session website.
The 2020-21 academic year option to take classes CR/GC/NC will be available to undergraduate students in Summer Session classes. For help on deciding which option might work best for you, the University has compiled these Advising Principles. Whether they choose Graded (A-F grades) or “COVID Credit/GenCredit/NoCre” when they enroll, students can change their grading option through the first day of their class by using Edit Enrollment in SIS. Students who wish to change their grading option after day one of their class may do so through the mid-point of their class by completing the form on the Summer Session website.
Graduate programs that offered the CR/GC/NC option in the Fall, Spring, and J-Term, will do so again in the Summer Session, using the same criteria.
Summer Session Facilities and Services
All IM-Rec facilities, with the exception of the AFC (which is undergoing a major renovation), will be open during the Summer Session. Hours vary by location, so visit the IM-Rec website for more information.
UVA Dining will adjust service levels for a smaller on-Grounds population. Operating hours and locations will be posted on the UVA Dine website.
Summer Orientation for New Students
Orientation for new incoming first-year and transfer students will be conducted virtually beginning in July. A primary focus will be course advising and registration. Additionally, virtual events and activities will take place over the summer to connect new students with their peers and orientation leaders, begin to build community, and provide information on what to expect as they start at UVA in the Fall. Entering students should check their UVA email for more specific details coming from their school of enrollment in late June.
Summer Camps and Programs
Due to public health concerns, residential programs this summer will be limited to UVA-sponsored programs whose participants are UVA students, faculty, and staff. We will maintain our established screening, testing, isolation/quarantine protocols during the summer, along with other health and safety protocols. University officials are assessing whether we may be able to safely offer some day camps this summer and will have further information by April 15.
On March 29, the Asymptomatic COVID Testing Clinic is moving from the UVA Health Education Resource Center on Lee Street back to the Student Activities Building (SAB) off Alderman Road near Scott Stadium. Parking is available on site. Any appointments scheduled for March 29 or later will take place at the SAB. Please call 434-243-9534 if you have a question about your appointment. Note – this clinic provides nasal swab tests for different purposes (e.g., close contact testing) than the saliva testing sites where students complete their weekly prevalence testing. Information about prevalence testing is available at besafe.virginia.edu.
Blue Ridge Health District Vaccine Update
The Virginia Department of Health will soon open group 1C, which includes higher education faculty and staff, for vaccinations. If you have pre-registered, you will be contacted when it’s your turn to be vaccinated. If you have not pre-registered to get vaccinated through the Vaccinate Virginia website, please do so now. You can also call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682) 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily. You will not be on the list without this pre-registration.
As a reminder, the University is not making determinations on who may be vaccinated. The VDH and Blue Ridge Health District provides guidance on who is eligible to be vaccinated and makes all decisions on prioritization for vaccine distribution.
Reserve Space at an Outdoor Heated Table
Propane-powered heated tables are available for small outdoor gatherings on central Grounds between 7 and 10 p.m. each day. Heated tables are located near Monroe Hall, the Berlin Wall exhibit, and the Amphitheater. These tables are open to all registered students, including those living on and off Grounds as well as graduate students. Newcomb Operations is responsible for the safe use of recreational heated tables. Heated tables available by reservation only though EMS or by calling/visiting the Newcomb Information Desk (434-924-3601). Reserve a table using this link.