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

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 Best wishes for a fun, safe, and restful Spring Break.

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.Ambassadors to work daily in two shifts, evening and night time hours. 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 RMC Events, a Richmond based company.

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

Reaching Out in Difficult Times

December 4th, 2014

Dr. Tim Davis, director of Counseling and Psychological Services, offers thoughts on how students can be supportive of one another as we conclude a truly difficult semester.

Reaching Out in Difficult Times from UVa Student Affairs on Vimeo.

Personal Safety on Halloween

October 28th, 2014

Dear Students:

As October comes to a close and just over six weeks of classes remain in the semester, I’m reaching out to briefly discuss two important issues. I respectfully ask that you take a quick five minutes to read what follows.

The first issue is alcohol. I recognize that most students do not engage in hazardous drinking. Those who do place their own health and safety at risk, and also impact their friends around them. Each year at this time, we see an increase in alcohol consumption and the often serious consequences that follow.

You’ve heard me (and others) talk about the importance of being an engaged bystander—intervening when a friend’s alcohol consumption has placed him or her at risk. We know from the 2013 Health Survey that 90 percent of UVa students believe that it is their responsibility to intervene when they see a problem unfolding (unsafe alcohol consumption, potential sexual misconduct, etc.). I am grateful that so many of you understand the importance of being an active bystander and of calling 911 or seeking other assistance when you see someone at risk.

At the bottom of this email are resources and tips provided by your peers on the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) and my colleagues in the Gordie Center at Student Health. For information on the Halloween safety campaign, go to the ADAPT website. The first 500 people to sign the ADAPT/One Less pledge to be an active bystander this Halloween will receive a free light-up wand and cup of candy.

The second issue I want to discuss with you is the increased stress many students feel as the semester winds down. We are already seeing higher incidents of students feeling anxiety or even depression, and it is very important that you learn to recognize the signs of this in yourself and your friends.

Symptoms of excessive or unhealthy stress include irritability, self-medication (using over-the-counter medications, alcohol, or food to combat stress), a compromised immune system, feeling unable to relax, exhaustion, lack of energy or a sense of dread, memory problems or inability to concentrate, poor judgment, seeing only the negative in events, high anxiety or racing thoughts, and constant worrying. In the most extreme cases, there can be thoughts of harming oneself (or others). While such thoughts may not manifest in action, it is still important to recognize these thoughts (especially if recurring) and seek assistance at the Counseling Center in Student Health (CAPS) or the Emergency Room.

Please know that you should always call 911 in an emergency situation, as the police are trained to help get a person safely to the resources needed. You can also call:

  • The Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS) at 434-924-7133 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday)
  • The dean-on-call after hours and on weekends (reachable by calling the University Police at 434-924-7166)
  • The professionals at CAPS at 434-243-5150 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday) or after hours at 434-972-7004

Important tips for reducing stress are listed at the bottom of this email. I hope that you will hold on to them in case you need to refer back in the future.

Halloween Safety

  • Always carry a photo ID and a fully charged cellphone and make sure your friends do the same in case you become incapacitated for any reason.
  • Consider your costume and avoid wearing one that does not allow you to see and move freely. Stop and make sure motorists see you before you cross the street. Be sure the material is nonflammable (and don’t burn candles at gatherings – use flameless ones).
  • Some people with harmful intentions may take advantage of being unrecognizable in a Halloween costume. Stay in an environment where you can easily get help or move away from someone who is threatening your safety. Be aware of your surroundings.

Tips Around Alcohol

If you choose to drink, several simple precautions can minimize risks to yourselves and others.

  • Pace and Space: Sip your drink instead of chugging, alternate with water or soda, and have no more than 1 drink per hour. On average, it takes nearly 3 hours for most people to eliminate the alcohol in 2 standard drinks.
  • Eat before and while drinking: Alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream more slowly when there is food (especially protein) in your stomach.
  • Avoid mixing alcohol with other drugs: Some prescription and over-the-counter drugs (antihistamines and sedatives, for example) can increase alcohol’s effects. Caffeine and other stimulants can trick you into feeling less impaired.
  • Use caution when sick or tired: When you’re sleep-deprived or ill, alcohol leaves the body more slowly.
  • Be alert when drinking in a new environment: The effects of alcohol within your body can vary when you are in unfamiliar settings.
  • Avoid “punches” and other drinks you did not make yourself. They often include high-concentration alcohol masked by a sweet taste.
  • Stay in a group in which at least one person remains sober.
  • Consider using a smartphone app such as CircleOf6 (free) to enable you to quickly alert friends to your location and need for assistance.
  • Look out for your friends who are drinking. Use “PUBS” as a guide to the symptoms of alcohol overdose:
    • Puking while passed out
    • Unresponsive to stimulation (pinch or shaking)
    • Breathing (slow, shallow, or no breathing)
    • Skin (blue, cold, or clammy)
  • If you see even one sign of alcohol overdose, call 911. If you are unsure, call the Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for confidential, expert advice. Students will not face reprisal for seeking medical help, and there is no charge for the rescue squad.
  • Concerned about your drinking? Hoos in Recovery can help. This student group meets weekly to share a meal and provide support for students interested in living sober.

Tips Around Stress

  • Eat healthy foods, strive for at least seven hours of sleep each night, and keep up a regular exercise routine.
  • Minimize your use of alcohol. Hazardous alcohol consumption puts you at risk of illness, injury, arrests, or assault. Alcohol may appear to ease stress in the short term, but alcohol’s depressant effect increases both depression and stress symptoms by interrupting sleep patterns and taking the place of healthier stress-management strategies.
  • Only use prescription drugs as prescribed by your doctor. Take only drugs prescribed for you, and take them according to your doctor’s directions. If academic stress leads you to consider asking a friend for his or her psychostimulant drugs, such as Adderall® and Ritalin®, know that it is illegal to use these drugs without a prescription. The drugs also have a potential for abuse, and many students report negative effects.
  • Maintain your personal safety as daylight hours shorten and the weather turns colder. Walk with friends late at night or call Safe Ride at 434-242-1122 or Charge-a-Ride (Yellow Cab) at 434-295-4131. Add these numbers to your phone contacts for easy access.
  • Look for perspective and balance in your life. If you find this difficult, or if you are unable to talk with family or friends, then call one of the resources listed above. Your value as a person lies in much more than a grade on a test or a paper.


Allen W. Groves
University Dean of Students

Applications for the Blueprint Emerging Leaders Program

October 16th, 2014

BLUEPRINT is the premiere leadership development program for first and second-year students and transfer students at the University of Virginia. It is designed for those students who demonstrate leadership potential and interest in developing their personal organizational skills in an intentional, educational, and reflective team environment.

The Blueprint Emerging Leaders Program is a seven-week program running on Wednesday evenings from 6-8 p.m. during the spring semester.  Attendance at all sessions is required.

Program Highlights Include:

  • Weekly meetings/seminars featuring distinguished guest speakers
  • Small group interaction, facilitated by Peer Leaders, allowing for reflection and meaningful discussion
  • Opportunities to develop your own leadership style, priorities, and portfolio
  • A chance to network and make new friends!

Seminar Topics Include:

  • Self-Knowledge- discovery of personality
  • Communication and Conflict Management
  • Leadership Styles
  • Student Self-Governance
  • Citizen Leadership and Global Stewardship

Please submit an application here