An Important Message from University Dean of Students Allen Groves

September 28th, 2016

Dear Students:

I know your time is valuable as midterm exams are occurring, but I respectfully ask you to take a few minutes to read my message that follows.

On Monday, the publication Inside Higher Education ran a story entitled, “Epidemic of Racist Incidents,” noting that such incidents on American college campuses “have multiplied at the very beginning of the academic year.” No university is immune to this ugly development.

I know the University is not an island separate from the ills of the greater society of which we are a part. However, as a place that takes pride in framing itself as a Community of Trust, we can improve. To achieve the ideals we profess to support will take honest introspection and personal action. The recent charrette hosted by the Provost offers a good start. Racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, and homophobic slurs do not originate in a vacuum. They are a product of learned behavior and, unfortunately, ingrained bias against difference. If we are to rid this community of such ugliness, we each must start with an honest look in the mirror.

A critical step to a truly welcoming and inclusive community also requires us to continue applying the Green Dot strategy of being more than a bystander, just as we have worked as a community to confront sexual and gender-based harassment and violence. “Not on Our Grounds” must also apply to observed acts of all types of bias. When we see something, we need to say something. Community values mean nothing if no one is willing to speak up when they are violated. Reports of such incidents, including anonymous reports, may be made using our Just Report It online system, via Such reports are shared directly with the Office of the Dean of Students and the Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights.

Confronting and condemning acts of bias isn’t “political correctness” or inconsistent with our cherished Constitutional ideal of freedom of expression. We can and should be a place where even the most controversial issues of the day may be debated with intellectual vigor and passion, and no offense should be taken as a result. However, hurling a racial, ethnic, or homophobic slur at a passing student in the dead of night doesn’t qualify as protected speech. It should be condemned for the targeted discriminatory harassment it is.

The reputation of a University may be the product of many generations of graduates and faculty, but its character is shaped by the students presently in residence: each of you. I have great confidence in your ability to reject ugliness, bias, and hatred. Every student at UVA earned the right to be here and fully deserves their place in the class. It is incumbent upon each of us to make that clear in our daily actions.

A final note: Yesterday, after I had drafted the above message to you, I became aware of a letter posted at various points on Grounds, purporting to be the Z Society’s endorsement of Donald Trump for President. The Z Society has since disavowed the letter, and it clearly originated from another source. The timing of the letter, the messages contained therein, and the use of a quote attributed to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has upset and angered many students and other members of the community, and they are right to use their voices to express these strong feelings. I join them in that sentiment.

In the wake of the events described above, I ask each of us in the UVA community to refocus our attention and energy on the underlying causes of hateful speech. True change requires sustained personal and collective commitment.


Allen W. Groves

University Dean of Students

09/02/16 Statement by Kent-Dabney Senior Resident on Bias Incident.

September 2nd, 2016

Dear Kent Dabney,

Sometime early this morning, our dorm was vandalized and hate speech was written on several peoples’ doors, walls, and white boards. The words written were derogatory racial slurs that have no place in our community. There is no excuse for this behavior and it will not be tolerated. I am deeply disappointed and saddened by this act of prejudice and hatred towards our community.

UVA is intended to be an extraordinary community, especially for its First Year Students. It is supposed to be a place in which EVERYONE may feel happy, safe, and able to be their full self. Events like this seriously harm our community. It makes many of our community members (including myself) feel unsafe, unwelcome, and unwanted. To anyone who may feel this way, I sincerely apologize and wish for you to know that I, and the entire Kent-Dabney RA staff, welcome you here, want you here, and hope that you may always feel safe.

In an effort to provide space for reflection and discussion about this event, myself and all of your RAs will be available throughout the evening on and off of coverage to discuss what happened.

Kent Dabney is our home. Together, we can make this a community more than just a place where we sleep and study. Together, we can aim to be extraordinary. My hope is that we may all move forward with compassion in our hearts, understanding in our minds, and an appreciation for how our actions can impact those around us. Please reach out if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

If anyone has any information regarding who may have participate in this act, please reach out to myself, your RA, the Dean on Call (434-243-3326) or our Area Coordinator, Daniel Fairley (

Alex Knutson


Additionally the Office of Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights (“EOCR”) want to remind you all about UVA’s core values, which include honor and diversity. UVA is committed to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to participate in its educational programs, activities, and opportunities in an environment free of bias, discrimination, and harassment. This commitment also extends to UVA residence halls.

As a member of UVA’s residential community and a UVA student, you are expected to treat your fellow residents with civility and respect. UVA strongly prohibits any verbal or written act of harassment or intimidation which targets a UVA student on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or family medical or genetic information. Please visit the link below to familiarize yourself with UVA’s Preventing and Addressing Discrimination and Harassment policy, which protects students as well as faculty and staff:

If you have any questions or concerns, UVA offers numerous resources. Please contact EOCR or the Office of the Dean of Students for more information:
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Virginia/Charlottesville legislation that can impact party hosts

August 10th, 2016

Know the legal risks


  1. Purchasing, Giving, Providing, or Assisting in Providing Alcohol to a Person Under 21
    Class 1 misdemeanor, mandatory driver’s license suspension of 1 year; possible fine up to $2,500, possible jail sentence up to 1 year
  1. Providing Alcohol to an Intoxicated Person
    Class 1 misdemeanor, Up to $2,500 fine and/or one year in jail
  1. Noise Violations (16) –Above 55dB (a normal conversation) between 10pm and 6am
    Class 4 misdemeanor, fine up to $2,500
  1. Unlawful accumulations of garbage, refuse, etc. (5-148)
    Class 1 misdemeanor, fee up to $2500 + fee to clean it up

All students:

  1. Underage /Alcohol consumption/ possession/ purchase
    Class 1 misdemeanor, mandatory minimum $500 fine (max. Of $2500) or 50 hours of community service AND driver’s license suspension of 6 months to 1 year; Possible jail sentence up to 1 year
  1. Possession of open alcoholic beverage containers in public places (17-37)
    Class 4 misdemeanor, fine up to $250
  1. Indecent Exposure (Urinating, etc. in public view of others can result in an arrest for sexual criminal misdemeanor)
    Class 4 misdemeanor, $250 fine and 10 years on the sexual offense registry
  1. Public profanity and drunkenness (17-12)
    Class 4 misdemeanor, fine up to $250
  1. Damaging or Defacing property generally (5-146)
    Class 1 misdemeanor, fine up to $2500
  1. Trespassing
    Class 1 misdemeanor, minimum fine of $500 (up to $2,500)
  1. Obstructing members of the rescue squad
    Class 2 misdemeanor, maximum $1,000 fine
  1. Obstructing Justice – Knowingly obstructing a law enforcement officer in performance of his/her duties
    Class 1 misdemeanor, $500 minimum fine
  1. Assault and Battery – knowingly committing an assault or an assault and battery against a law-enforcement officer
    Class 6 felony, mandatory minimum term of confinement of six months.
  1. Disorderly conduct
    A person is guilty of disorderly conduct, if, with the intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, he or she

    • In any street, highway, public building, or while in or on a public conveyance, or public place engages in conduct having a direct tendency to cause acts of violence by the person or persons at whom, individually, such conduct is directed
    • The person in charge of any such building, place, conveyance, meeting, operation or activity may eject there from any person who violates any provision of this section, with the aid, if necessary, of any persons who may be called upon for such purpose.
    • Class 1 misdemeanor, minimum $500 fine

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.


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 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:

To complete the Alcohol-Wise module, please go to:


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:
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

Who do I contact if I completed the modules before the deadline and believe I am blocked in error?

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.


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.


Allen W. Groves
University Dean of Students