Faculty Handbook


Welcome to this year's edition of the Faculty Handbook. Inside you will find basic information about the University of Virginia and the resources, conditions of employment, benefits, and policies that are essential to the faculty experience.

UVA faculty are an innovative, collaborative, and diverse group of scholars and educators. Each of you comes to UVA at a different stage of your academic career and a different moment in your life. I hope that this handbook helps you find and make use of the many opportunities and supportive programs the University offers during your time here, whether your're just beginning your career or have been with us for decades.

We are at an exciting time in our history. The University of Virginia aims to foster a dynamic, cohesive community that is both great and good. President Ryan has outlined a strategy for the coming years that reimagines, expands, and strengthens that community. Our faculty—teachers, researchers, and leaders, all—are a key element of that vision. You can read more about how faculty play a crucial role in the 2030 Plan.

I welcome your feedback—on the 2030 Plan, and in general.  Please share your thoughts with me and my staff at provost@virginia.edu.

I wish you a great year in your work supporting the mission of this extraordinary institution.

M. Elizabeth Magill
Executive Vice President and Provost

2021-22 UVA Faculty Handbook (PDF)

The University of Virginia (“UVA”) does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, military status (which includes active duty service members, reserve service members, and dependents), national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information, in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Governor’s Executive Order Number One (2018), and other applicable statutes and University policies. UVA prohibits sexual and gender-based harassment, including sexual assault, and other forms of interpersonal violence.

Individuals, including UVA students and employees, and participants in UVA's programs or activities, may be entitled to reasonable accommodations or modifications for a disability. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the American with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act, and related statutes and regulations: ADA Coordinator, Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights, 2015 Ivy Road, Room 321, Dynamics Building, P.O. Box 400144, Charlottesville, VA 22904, (434) 924-3200, ADACoordinator@virginia.edu. A Deputy ADA Coordinator has also been designated to assist the ADA Coordinator: 2015 Ivy Road, Room 323, Dynamics Building, P.O. Box 400144, Charlottesville, VA 22904, (434) 924-3200, ADACoordinator@virginia.edu.

The following person has been designated to handle this type of inquiry, as well as all other inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Associate Vice President, Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights, P.O. Box 400219,  Washington Hall, (434) 924-3200, UVAEOCR@virginia.edu.

The following person has been designated to serve as the overall coordinator for purposes of Title IX compliance: Title IX Coordinator, O'Neil Hall, Room 037, (434) 297-7988, titleixcoordinator@virginia.edu. A Deputy Title IX Coordinator has also been designated to assist the Title IX Coordinator and conduct investigations: O'Neil Hall, Room 027, (434) 297-7988, titleixcoordinator@virginia.edu.

Complaints of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation may be directed to the Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights at UVAEOCR@virginia.edu. Complaint procedures may be found at http://eocr.virginia.edu/file-complaint.  Complaints may also be filed with the Department of Education Office for Civil RightsEqual Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Department of Human Resources Management.

Information on Covid-19

UVA’s faculty played an invaluable role in helping the University navigate the challenges we faced together during the Covid-19 pandemic. We are beyond grateful for faculty’s flexibility, creativity, and responsiveness. With your help, we moved over 4000 classes online in one week, in the spring of 2020; welcomed back 60% of our undergraduate students to Grounds for the 2020-2021 academic year; and saw over 6000 enrollments in J-Term 2021. Our graduate students continued to benefit from your guidance in classes and in labs, and meaningful, impactful research continued despite significant obstacles. These accomplishments are a testament to your tenacity and dedication. In no small part because of you, we are able to return to a much more “normal” academic year, with classes in person and most University operations at their full pre-pandemic capacity. Throughout this academic year, a team of UVA medical and public health experts will continue to monitor the pandemic, and University leadership will continue to keep you informed of any changes that may be made as a result. For now, we heartily welcome all of you back to the University of Virginia.

How to use this handbook

Each academic year, the office of the executive vice president and provost updates and publishes the UVA faculty handbook. Over the years, policies, procedures and resources that pertain to faculty life at the university have been made available on administrative and school websites, as well as at uvapolicy.virginia.edu, an online repository of university-wide policies.

Despite the availability of policies online, faculty have expressed the need for a handbook that digests relevant documents and resources in an easily accessible central location. While the faculty handbook is not intended to be a comprehensive document, we hope that it is a useful starting point for locating resources that might otherwise be difficult to find. The handbook is also designed to help new faculty explore the extensive resources for teaching, research and work-life balance that UVA offers. The faculty handbook does not amend the terms and conditions of employment stated in individual faculty appointment contracts. The handbook should be used only as a guide to help navigate resources, policies and procedures relevant to faculty.

UVA Wise maintains a separate handbook applicable to its faculty.