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

2020-21 Faculty Handbook (PDF)

The University of Virginia ("UVA") does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity  or expression, marital status, 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.

In addition, individuals may be entitled to reasonable accommodations or modifications for known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. 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:  Assistant Vice President for 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 and FAQ’s on Covid-19 and the Return to Grounds

As President Ryan has noted, over the last several months, you, our faculty, have played an invaluable role in helping us navigate the challenges of difficult circumstances. We have asked much of our faculty already; as we plan for the 2020-21 academic year – a year that will look and feel unlike any other at UVA –we are beyond grateful for your willingness to once again be flexible, creative, and responsive.

Please visit the main Return to Grounds website. This central resource will provide universal information – such as public health measures – as well as specific information for faculty, staff and students. Please consider bookmarking this main website, and refer to it frequently for updates. We have also created a special resource site for students and their families. Both sites are interconnected and will be regularly updated with additional details and guidelines.

Finally, please understand information may change based on the spread of the virus, the advice of public health experts, or an order by the Virginia Department of Health. Our top priority will always be keeping our community safe—and we will continue to update the site and other communications to inform you if and as circumstances require us to adjust. This is a special community and we look forward to working with all of you to make this coming year a memorable and successful one.

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.