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Announcements

Statement from Patricia M. Lampkin, Allen W. Groves, and Maurice Apprey

April 19th, 2016

To the University Community:

Yesterday afternoon, we learned that one or more individuals, who have not been identified and who may or may not be members of the University community, left chalked statements on sidewalks in two different areas of the Grounds. The statements can only be characterized as racist and transphobic.  We are grateful to those students who utilized the Just Report It online system to alert us of these acts of harassment against members of the UVA community of trust.  A bias-motivated act against any one of us is an act against all.

We might wonder what prompted this person or persons to act with such ugliness and spite. It may have been misplaced anger and resentment, or the thrill of anonymity.  Perhaps it is simply a desire to divide our community and instill mistrust.  Regardless of motive, we condemn these cowardly acts done in the dark of night, and we affirm our support for all members of the University of Virginia community, especially those who appear to be the targets of this uncivil and small-minded act. Likewise, we affirm our values as a community based on trust, mutual respect and diversity in its membership.

Sincerely,

Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President & Chief Student Affairs Officer 

Allen W. Groves
University Dean of Students 

Maurice Apprey
Dean, Office of African-American Affairs

Major Change in Traffic Pattern at Rugby Road and Culbreth Road near Beta Bridge

March 4th, 2016

Intersection to Become 3-way Stop on Tuesday, March 8

A major change in the traffic pattern at the intersection of Rugby Road and Culbreth Road is slated for Tuesday, March 8, when the City will implement a 3-way stop with the installation of two additional stop signs and bars. Please share this information widely with students and others with a need to know.

As you may know, these signs were previously installed in January 2016, but were removed when Charlottesville Police observed that drivers were consistently running them due to lack of ample warning signage.  When the stop signs are re-installed, an electronic message board and thermoplastic in-pavement signage will notify drivers of the change.  

The new signs will enhance safety in an area that over the years has become tangled with automobiles, pedestrians, buses, and cyclists converging at the gateway to UVA Arts Grounds, Band Building and Culbreth Road Garage, and proximate to neighborhoods with a dense student population – including fraternity and sorority houses.  The three-way stop is designed to slow and better organize vehicles in order to provide improved safety for pedestrians and cyclists. 

Gus Blagden Room Selection Committee

February 8th, 2016

The Committee to select an individual to live in the Augustus Silliman “Gus” Blagden, III, Room 15 West Lawn, is soliciting nominations from the University community. The Committee is looking for an undergraduate student in their fourth year of study at the University. The Scott family, who endowed the room in 1968, characterized the desired recipient as someone who:

  • Selflessly commits their time to serving the University community;
  • Maintains good moral character;
  • Conducts themselves according to a high standard;
  • Displays genuine concern and care for fellow students;
  • May be distinguished by academic merit (but need not be);
  • May be in a recognized position of leadership (but need not be); and
  • Carries these fine qualities with the utmost humility.

Gus was a student at the University in the early 1960’s. During these years, he was beloved and admired throughout the University community. Gene Corrigan, past athletic director at Virginia, knew Gus very well. He wrote that “Gus was a very average student and a mediocre athlete, at best, but was so well respected by his teammates that they chose him to be co-captain of the 1963 Lacrosse Team. He was, above all, a kind, generous and gentle person.” Gus died only a few years after graduation, but he had so affected the people with whom he had contact that this room was endowed and dedicated to his honor.

Nominations for the Gus Blagden room need to be submitted on-line at http://www.virginia.edu/deanofstudents/gusblagden/ and should describe the characteristics and qualities of the nominee that make them worthy of this high honor. Please include any personal stories that shed light on the character of the individual. Nominations must be at least 250 words and should not exceed 500 words. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, February 24 at 5:00 pm. (Nominations will not be accepted after this deadline.) Nominations carry an especially heavy weight as they will be the starting point of consideration for all nominees.

Statement from President Sullivan and Provost Katsouleas

December 7th, 2015

December 4, 2015

Earlier today, our offices became aware of an incident late last night near the end of the annual Lighting of the Lawn community celebration.  Specifically, during the singing of the Good Old Song, several college-aged males loudly shouted a slur directed against members of the LGBTQ community, and appeared to specifically target a couple standing near them.  This type of behavior is flatly unacceptable in a community of trust and is contrary to the values of the University of Virginia.  The singing of the Good Old Song is a wonderful tradition of our University community, done at times when we come together to celebrate our fondness for this special place.  Inserting derogatory comments directed at others has no place in the singing of the song.  Please join with us in urging a return to the singing of the Good Old Song the right way, and help to make this community an inclusive and welcoming place for all Hoos and their guests.

Teresa A. Sullivan, President

Thomas C. Katsouleas, Provost

Apply to Live on the Lawn (2016 – 2017)

November 9th, 2015

Applications are now available to live on the Lawn. Learn more here.

Important Information Regarding Your NetBadge and the Education Modules

September 24th, 2015

Your NetBadge has been blocked because you have failed to complete one or both educational modules by the extended deadline. The email that you received with this link includes the name of the module(s) that you have not completed.

In order to regain access, you must complete the noted module(s). Please note there are TWO modules administered by different companies that you must complete.

Access CANNOT be restored immediately.Twice daily, Monday-Friday, access will be restored to those who have completed the missing module(s) that day. Please note that access cannot be restored over the weekend or after business hours, so please plan accordingly. Academic consequences that result from not having access to NetBadge are your sole responsibility.

To complete the Not on Our Grounds module, please go to:https://shib.everfi.net/login/default.aspx?id=uvaeducation

To complete the Alcohol-Wise module, please go to:https://3rdmilclassrooms.com/SAML/Service/virginia.edu

FAQs

Can the UVa Help Desk restore my access?
No, the Help Desk cannot restore your access. Nor can the Registrar’s Office or your school of enrollment. Your access can only be restored as described above.

How long will it take to restore my access once I have completed the module(s)?
On weekdays, it will take several hours.  Twice daily, Monday-Friday, access will be restored to those who have completed the missing module(s) that day.  After 5pm Friday, access cannot be restored until mid-morning on Monday.

Who do I contact if I have technical difficulties logging into Not On Our Grounds?
Not on Our Grounds: Sexual Violence Education Module tech support:http://support.everfi.com/sims/helpcenter/common/layout/SelfHelpHome.seam?inst_name=everfi
You can also call 1-866-384-9062 to speak with a representative through their 24/7 tech support.

Who do I contact if I have technical difficulties logging into Alcohol-Wise?Contact 3rd Millennium Classrooms (888-810-7990) or info@3rdmilclassrooms.com.

Who do I contact if I completed the modules before the deadline and believe I am blocked in error?
Email ODOS@virginia.edu

Please Complete: Modules on Prevention of Sexual Violence and Alcohol Abuse

August 24th, 2015

Dear Students:

Welcome back to a new school year, and a special welcome to all of our new students.

I understand that you feel great time pressure generally, given your academic schedules, commitments to extracurricular activities and organizations, and perhaps part-time employment. With that in mind, I know that you are likely not eager to receive an email from me mandating that you complete two online educational modules at the start of the academic year. However, the topics at issue (prevention of sexual and gender-based violence and alcohol and substance abuse) are critically important to all of us as members of the UVa community. For this reason, I ask that you make completion of these two modules a priority in the next few days. Having a solid understanding of these subjects will greatly affect the overall safety and well-being of our community.

The modules not only will provide you with information to guide your personal experience, but also will help you understand University policy and ways in which you can be a leader among your peers in addressing these issues. All UVa students, even those enrolled in a single credit-bearing course, must complete the two modules.

Each module will require an hour or more to complete, but if needed, you may log in and out of each to save your progress. If possible, you should try to complete both modules before classes begin on Tuesday, given the demands on your time at that point. Please note: If you do not complete the modules by Friday, September 18, your access to key NetBadge-protected services, such as Collab, will be suspended until you complete the two modules.

Enrollment Instructions

Not on Our Grounds: Sexual Violence Education Module

This module is designed to educate you on conduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence, and inform you of ways in which we all can serve as active bystanders and community leaders in preventing harassment and violence in our community. The program fulfills federal requirements for colleges and universities to provide training on these critical topics and supports the University’s continued commitment to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment.

Included in the module are key definitions, statistics, and suggested strategies for bystander intervention. The module features video vignettes created by UVa students, and it incorporates surveys to help personalize your experience. All survey responses are confidential; UVa will only receive information about the student body as a whole and will never see an individual student’s answers.

To complete the module, you will need Web access, your UVa computing ID, and your NetBadge password. The course has an audio component, so if you are accessing a computer in a public space, you may wish to use a headset.

  • The module takes about one hour and 15 minutes to complete, and you can log in and out as needed.
  • You will then be directed to a “NetBadge Web Log-in” page.
  • Follow the prompts to enter your UVa computing ID and NetBadge password, then click “log in.”
  • Complete Part 1 of the Sexual Violence Education Module by September 18.
  • Please note that 45 days after completing the module you will receive an invitation to complete Part 2 of the module, which contains educational content and a survey to assess program changes in knowledge and attitudes.

Alcohol-Wise

The Alcohol-Wise module helps clarify personal choices about drinking habits and attitudes. Alcohol-Wise is tailored for each user and provides access to self-referral tools and University resources. Students receive confidential, personalized feedback that compares personal use to University-wide norms. We want all students to make legal, educated decisions about alcohol, while not jeopardizing their academic goals, their safety, or the safety of others.

The module is completely confidential and is handled by a third party not affiliated with the University. No one at UVa will have access to your responses, so please be honest in your survey answers so that you can receive useful feedback about your behaviors as they compare to others. Even if you do not drink alcoholic beverages, Alcohol-Wise will provide information to help you learn how to deal with others who are disruptive or in danger.

To complete the module, you will need Web access, your UVa computing ID, and your NetBadge password. The course has an audio component, so if you are accessing a computer in a public space, you may wish to use a headset.

  • The module takes about one hour and 15 minutes to complete, and you can log in and out as needed.
  • You will then be directed to a “NetBadge Web Log-in” page. Follow the prompts to enter your UVa computing ID and NetBadge password, then click “log in.”
  • You will be taken to a Web page to launch the Alcohol-Wise program.
  • Most returning undergraduate students will see additional courses listed. You are required to complete only Alcohol-Wise V8.
  • Click “start course” for Alcohol-Wise V8. Part 1 must be completed by September 18.
  • Please note that you will receive an email on October 12 with a link to complete Part 2 of the Alcohol-Wise module. Part 2 is a brief, confidential survey that assists UVa in assessing the efficacy of the program. No one at UVa will have access to your responses.
  • You must earn a passing grade of at least 80 percent.

Thank you for your prompt attention to these two critically important safety modules. We are beginning the year with a concerted effort to address and prevent both sexual violence and alcohol abuse. In the community of trust and self-governance that characterizes UVa, I thank you for your individual commitment to help bring about positive change.

I also offer my best wishes to our new students as you explore the Grounds, as well as my best wishes to everyone for a successful start to the new academic year.

Sincerely,

Allen W. Groves
University Dean of Students

University Of Virginia Policy On Protests, Demonstrations And Other Expressive Activities During Finals Weekend

May 15th, 2015

The University of Virginia respects and encourages free expressive activity by its students, faculty, and staff. At the same time, consistent with its educational mission, the University has established reasonable time, place and manner restrictions on such activities on University Grounds to assure that such activities are undertaken in ways that avoid disruption of University operations, and are consistent with its educational, employment, and safety responsibilities to its students, faculty, and staff.

Finals Weekend always creates special challenges for the University because of the great number of activities occurring during that period across University Grounds, and the large number of people attending them. Because of this the University has created the following policy that is specific to Finals Weekend. During Finals Weekend, this policy supersedes all other policies regarding use of University Grounds and facilities to the extent such policies may be inconsistent with this one.

  • Attendance at Finals Weekend events and activities is by invitation only unless otherwise noted. Those in attendance without having been invited or otherwise having been authorized to attend may be asked to leave if their presence creates disruption, impedes movement of invited guests from place to place, or otherwise creates unsafe conditions for participants or invited visitors.
  • Because of the large crowds and multiple venues that are typical of Finals Weekend, activities that otherwise may be consistent with University policy may be impermissible during that period.
  • Items currently approved and authorized to be carried in the Academic Procession are placards that are not attached to sticks, and balloons (including inflated surgical gloves), as long as those placards and balloons are not so large or unwieldy as to obstruct or impede the procession and do not otherwise pose a safety risk.
  • Items held or carried must not obscure the view of participants or invited visitors or interfere with the ceremonies.
  • Activities of participants or invited visitors must not interfere with Finals Weekend events and activities.
  • No non-University commercial solicitation will be allowed on University Grounds during Finals Weekend.
  • Protests, demonstrations, and other expressive activities may take place during Finals Weekend within the following area of University Grounds :  in the area bounded by Alderman Library, Monroe Hall, Peabody Hall, Special Collections Library, and McCormick Road (subject to space needed for emergency medical services). If Valedictory Exercises or Final Exercises are moved to the John Paul Jones Arena, the designated area is the grassy area outside the north entrance of University Hall.
  • Even within this designated area, protests, demonstrations and other expressive activities, including distribution of leaflets or other written materials, may not:
    • Block or impede pedestrian or vehicular traffic along streets and sidewalks;
    • Involve placement of tents or other temporary structures;
    • Interfere with or impede Finals Weekend events and activities;
    • Use sound amplification devices; or
    • Violate applicable law or University rules, regulations, or procedures.
  • Persons in violation of this policy either will be instructed to bring their activities into compliance with the requirements set forth above, or asked to leave. If such persons do not comply with the University’s request, they may be arrested and/or charged with violating the University’s Standards of Conduct, if applicable.

Spring Break Safety

March 2nd, 2015

Dear Students:As you prepare for Spring Break, I am writing to remind you about the importance of personal safety, whether you are heading home, traveling somewhere else, or staying in Charlottesville.

Before You Leave (or Even if You Stay)

  • If you are staying on Grounds or in Charlottesville, recognize that fewer students in the area may invite more criminal activity. Report suspicious activity by calling 911. Be familiar with altered schedules for UVa buses and UVa Dining.
  • Before leaving town, lock the doors and windows of your apartment, house, or room. Draw the curtains or shades so valuables will not be visible. If feasible, take valuables with you. Leave an external (porch, deck, etc.) light on for security.
Work Hard, Play Smart
  • A significant number of students choose not to drink alcohol, especially when under the legal age. For those students who do choose to drink, the ADAPT peer educators are rewarding students who sign the pledge not to drive after drinking and look out for their friends. “Safe Spring Break” packs are available until March 6 for students who sign the pledge. Packs will be available during lunch hours on the second floor of Newcomb Hall and at the Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (lower level of Student Health, 400 Brandon Avenue).
  • Please see the infographic below for more safety tips.
Risks of Illicit Drugs, including “Molly” (Ecstasy)

Use of illegal controlled substances is not only against the law, but also brings considerable health risks. In fall 2013, the University lost a student as a result of use of the drug “Molly,” also known as Ecstasy or MDMA. This drug is also believed to be responsible for the hospitalization of 11 students at Wesleyan University in Connecticut last month. Dr. Christopher Holstege, an expert in toxicology and executive director of Student Health at UVa, created a brief video describing the risks associated with “Molly,” as well as other illicit drugs. Numerous studies show that drugs sold as Ecstasy/Molly vary significantly in actual content, with an average of only 21 percent of drugs tested containing pure MDMA and one-third containing no MDMA at all. (See chart.)
If my colleagues or I can be of assistance to you, please feel free to contact me at odos@virginia.edu. Best wishes for a fun, safe, and restful Spring Break.

Sincerely,
Allen W. Groves

Spring Break Infographic

Ambassadors Program to Begin Monday on the Corner

January 28th, 2015
Beginning next Monday, Feb. 2, you will see uniformed ambassadors working in the commercial and residential areas on and around the Corner. The ambassadors program is one of several new measures the University is taking to improve student safety.

Initial plans call for eight to 10 ambassadors to work daily in two shifts, from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. and from 5 p.m. until 3 a.m. During the day, the ambassadors will have fixed posts at two locations: 14th Street at University Avenue and Wertland Street at 10th Street. They also will be moving throughout the Corner area on foot and bicycles. At night, ambassadors will be located at two additional fixed posts: Beta Bridge at Rugby Road and 14th Street at Grady Avenue. Please see the map showing the areas that ambassadors will be covering.

Ambassadors will be easily identified by uniforms that will include neon green vests for high visibility, reflective stripes, and AMBASSADOR lettering. The primary duty of ambassadors is to approach students and members of the community to offer assistance. They are there to assist you or any community member who asks for help. Ambassadors will be unarmed and will work closely with University Police and Charlottesville Police.

The ambassador program is being managed by University Police through a contract the University has arranged with G4S, an international security firm. G4S is hiring the ambassadors from the Charlottesville area, following stringent standards and screening. The company already works with Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech as well as other universities outside the Commonwealth. Over time, the ambassador program is expected to expand at UVa.

Please also remember the options available to you for safe transportation:

  • UTS Bus Service, including extended late night service on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights
  • Safe Ride (434-242-1122)
  • Yellow Cab Charge-a-Ride (434-295-4131)
Because ambassadors are unarmed and not sworn police officers, you should continue to call 911 if you or anyone else needs police assistance.

I encourage you to use the ambassadors as another important resource in watching out for the safety of yourselves and your friends. Please also follow the active bystander approach to community safety, consistent with our “Hoos Got Your Back” and Green Dot campaigns. Safety requires everyone’s active participation.

Sincerely,

Allen W. Groves
University Dean of Students