2012 Fall Activities Fair

May 31st, 2012

Student Council’s Fall Activities Fair will be held on Monday, August 27, 2012 from 11 am to 2 pm on the Lower Lawn and Amphitheatre.  Set up will begin at 10 am and cleanup will be from 2 to 3 pm.

Spaces cost $25 per half table (340 available), $50 per table (80 available).  Availability is limited and will be granted on a first come, first serve basis.

Groups eligible to participate include:  Active CIOs, Special Status and Agency groups, or groups affiliated with the University.

All submission and payment must be completed by:  Wednesday, August 1st, 2012.

If you have any questions, please contact Neil Branch, Student Council Vice President for Organizations at or the Student Council Office at 434|924.8875.

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

May 15th, 2012

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, in the judgment of the University, their presence creates disruption, impedes movement of invited guests from place to place, or otherwise creates unacceptable 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);  the Clemons Library terrace; and the open space between Monroe Hill House/Range and McCormick Road.
  • 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.

Lavender Graduation 2012

May 2nd, 2012

In our fourth year, Lavender Graduation is a special graduation ceremony that honors the achievements of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally students at the University of Virginia. We seek to recognize graduating fourth years, graduate, and doctoral students of all races, ethnicities, and backgrounds. Lavender Graduation provides a safe space to honor those graduating students, not only for their scholastic achievements, but for their successes, challenges, obstacles, and achievements navigating their time at U.Va. as a member of the LGBTQ community. We seek to recognize and honor students, not only for what they have done, but for being who they are.

Please join us for a host of speeches and congratulatory remarks from members of the faculty, administration, and Class of 2012, followed by the presentation of the lavender stole.  A catered reception for all graduates, friends, family, and guests will immediately follow the ceremony.

Please note, we respect and honor all degrees of “outness” and confidentiality. Participants are welcomed, but not required to wear their lavender stole during Final Exercises on Sunday, May 20th.

To participate in the 2011 Lavender Graduation Ceremony, please email with the following information by Tuesday, May 15th, 2012:

  1. Your Full Name
  2. Degree Earned/Major/Course of Study
  3. Optional: Any prior degrees you hold, and from where you received them
  4. Optional: Any involvement in the LGBTQ community you wish to have recognized (leadership positions, projects, programs, research, etc).
  5. Optional: Your plans post-graduation.

Please indicate any of the following:

  1. I plan to attend the ceremony on May 18th and would like to receive a lavender stole.
  2. I plan to attend the ceremony on May 18th, but would not like to receive a lavender stole.
  3. I am unable to attend the ceremony on May 18th, but would still like to be recognized (name read, program) and receive a lavender stole.
  4. I would like to receive information/communication about The Serpentine Society, U.Va’s LGBTQ Alumni Network.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Congratulations to the Class of 2012! We hope to see you on May 18th!

Very Best,
Ed Warwick
Program Coordinator, LGBT Student Services
Office of the Dean of Students