Meet the Dean
Dean Allen Groves

Allen Groves

Associate Vice President and University Dean of Students

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Meet the University's Dean of Students

Welcome to Peabody Hall, home of the Office of the Dean of Students for all schools of the University of Virginia. The University of Virginia offers a rich and rewarding student experience, but it is incumbent upon you, in the tradition of student self-governance, to discover the unique character of Mr. Jefferson's University. Student government, club sports, membership in one of our many contracted student organizations ("CIOs") and societies, and participation on resident staff or as a peer advisor or orientation leader, are just some of the ways that you can get involved at UVA.

Take the time to walk the historic Grounds, one of our greatest gifts, and absorb the history that surrounds you. My staff and I are here to help you get the most from your time as a student at the University. Our website is designed to offer a preview of the many services and programs you can access through our office. You can also e-mail me at with questions, concerns, or to schedule a time to come by and visit.


Allen Groves
Associate Vice President and University Dean of Students

BiographyDean Allen Groves at his desk

Allen W. Groves has served as Dean of Students at the University of Virginia since August 2007. He oversees Student Activities; Housing & Residence Life; Fraternity & Sorority Life; Orientation & New Student Programs; Newcomb Centers & Services (student union); and Peabody Hall. The Office of the Dean of Students maintains the Just-Report-It incident reporting site and the Dean-on-Call incident response system, designed to increase community safety.  Details regarding the Office of the Dean of Students may be found on the homepage of this website.  Mr. Groves also serves as a member of the University’s Critical Incident Management and Threat Assessment Teams.

Mr. Groves received his juris doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1990.  He also holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from Stetson University, where he received the Rhett Award as the outstanding graduating student in that major.  While studying law at the University, Mr. Groves served as Area Coordinator for the Alderman Road first-year dormitories, receiving the Melissa Holland Award for his contributions to the Resident Staff program.  He was inducted into the Raven Society in 1990.

Mr. Groves previously held a partnership in the national law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP, where he served as Atlanta office litigation practice group chair and hiring partner.  He is a member of the Bars of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Georgia, and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Courts of Virginia and Georgia, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal, Fourth, and Eleventh Circuits.

In 2014, Mr. Groves received the "Outstanding Virginian" award from Equality Virginia, an LGBT advocacy organization. He has also received the 2013 "Outstanding Administrator" award from the Black Student Alliance and UVA NAACP. He is a strong advocate of students' rights to freedom of speech and association, and was instrumental in helping the University achieve a "green light" free speech rating from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education in 2010. UVA was subsequently lauded as one of "The Seven Best Colleges for Free Speech" in a 2011 article.

Mr. Groves is a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, having previously served as the organization’s International President from 2004-2006, and as its Executive Director from 1984-1987. He is the co-author of Rescinding Offers of Admission When Prior Criminality is Revealed, 105 Ed. Law Rep. 855 (West 1996) and Embattled All Male Admissions Policy at VMI: Will the Fort Fall?, 61 Ed. Law Rep. 417 (West 1990).