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

Providing and Receiving Help During Times of Stress

April 19th, 2012

Dear Students:

As you finish up classes and your academic work, I am writing with the recognition that this can be an extremely stressful time of year.

Some stress is a normal part of everyone’s life, but at times stress can become overwhelming. I encourage you, as part of the U.Va. community, to do two things: 1. Reach out to friends or classmates who appear to be overwhelmed by stress and some of its manifestations, such as sleeplessness, changes in eating habits, or an unusual reaction out of proportion to a routine event; 2. Seek help from University resources if you are dealing with similar issues.

How do you know if stress is affecting you or your friends in negative ways? The symptoms of stress include: irritability; self-medication (by using non-prescription drugs, alcohol, or food to combat stress); a compromised immune system; feeling as though you don’t have time to relax; exhaustion, a lack of energy or a sense of dread; memory problems; an inability to concentrate; poor judgment; seeing only the negative; anxious or racing thoughts; and constant worrying. Thoughts of harming oneself or others represent stress and depression in the most extreme form.

If you see any of these patterns of stress and depression in your own life, or in your friends’ or peers’, it is important to seek help. Several offices at the University can help:

  • Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (often referred to as “CAPS”): 434-243-5150 for appointments; 434-972-7004 for after-hours emergencies.
  • Office of the University Dean of Students: 434-924-7133; second floor of Peabody Hall.
  • University Police: 434-924-7166; 911 for emergencies.

Please know that we are here to support your success. Also, remember that it is never a sign of weakness to ask for help. Indeed, it’s a healthy sign of self-awareness and care.

Best wishes as you finish up this semester, and do not hesitate to contact me or my colleagues in Student Affairs if you have questions or concerns.


Allen M. Groves University Dean of Students

CIO Renewal Campaign

April 9th, 2012

CIOs must renew the CIO agreement between Monday, April 2, 2012 – Monday, May 21, 2012. This process is critical for CIOs to retain their “Active Organization” status and gain access to the various resources that are available to CIOs such as reserving space, applying for appropriations, and using resources in the SAC and MAC.

Renew at
April 2nd – May 21st

If you have questions about the renewal process, please contact

Internships with ODOS!

April 4th, 2012

The goal of the Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS) is to promote the intellectual, cultural, personal, and social development of students

The Program Coordinator for Multicultural Student Services works primarily with the following three self-identified undergraduate student communities:  Native American, Middle Eastern and Hispanic/Latino.

A total of 3 internships are available, each focusing on one of the above communities.  Interns will choose a project to benefit the community and will gain assistance in developing it.

For more information or for an application, please contact

Applications are due on Monday, April 16th.

Personal Finance Seminar for 4th Years – April 4th

March 29th, 2012

Sponsored by the Class of 2012 Trustees and the Office of the Dean of Students

Presented by Karin Bonding, CFA and Personal Finance and Commerce School Lecturer

Wednesday, April 4
Gilmer Hall 130

Topics covered will include

  • understanding employer retirement and benefits packages
  • general budgeting and saving tips (for students pursuing both the workforce as well as graduate school)
  • understanding the cost of living in urban areas

Refreshments will be provided.

Preparing for the FAFSA: Two-Part Series Workshop

February 20th, 2012

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students, Hoos for Open Access, and Quest Scholars

Join us for part two of our workshop series designed to help students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Dinner will be provided, so please RSVP!  (If you indicated you were coming in an earlier RSVP, we still have record of your reply.)

Workshop II: Filing the FAFSA
Wednesday, February 29
6:00 PM
Location: Clark Hall 107

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be intimidating and a confusing form to do on your own. Come join us as an expert from Student Financial Services walks you through the form, give you tips and tricks for a smooth application process and answer all of your questions. Bring a laptop and follow along online if you would like.

Presented by: Scott Miller, Senior Associate Director, Student Financial Services

We hope you can join us!  Please do RSVP to help us ensure there is plenty of food!  (Remember, if you indicated you were coming in an earlier RSVP, we still have record of your reply.)

Traveling Overseas: University Restrictions for Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua

February 8th, 2012

Due to increasing concerns about personal safety and security, the University’s Risk Management Committee for Education Abroad has restricted University-related student travel to Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua. Please read more here.

If you are traveling abroad for Spring Break or other purposes, the International Studies Office suggests reviewing health and safety information for the country you are visiting through the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control. It is also a good idea to register your travel with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). A good “one-stop shop” to accomplish all of this is the State Department website for students abroad. A Smart Traveler App also is available.

The 4th Annual Love is Love. T-Shirt Campaign!

February 6th, 2012

Please join us as we celebrate the 4th Annual Love is Love. T-shirt campaign!

Pick up your FREE Love is Love. T-shirt in the LGBT Resource Center starting Wednesday, February 8th from 11AM-4PM.

Shirts are available on a first come, first served basis.

Wear your shirt on Valentine’s Day, Tuseday, February 14th, 2012.

Join us for  Love is Love. group photo on the steps of the Rotunda at 10 AM on February 14th!


The Love is Love. T-Shirt Campaign started in 2009 as a celebration of love that is meant to create greater social awareness at the University of Virginia and beyond. The power of its message is found in its simplicity. It is a message that can span all communities. Regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and religion, all relationships are equal. All love is equal. Love is Love. It’s not about what it looks like; it’s about how it feels.


Valentine’s Day is a holiday that celebrates love—but sometimes people in LGBTQ relationships can feel left out. Greeting cards for their partners are hard to come by, or florists don’t understand why a man would send another man roses. This is our way of reminding people that love comes in many different forms and is experienced differently by everybody. Regardless of your race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or religion, love is the same. All love is equal. Love is Love.