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The Administration of Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs supports both undergraduate and graduate students in all aspects of student life at the University of Virginia. Units within the division seek to expand the intellectual, social, and cultural horizons of the student body through a broad range of support services and programs that parallel the University’s formal academic curriculum.

The Division of Student Affairs consists of five main units:

 

Newcomb Hall serves as the main center of undergraduate student activities at the University, in addition to a satellite facility, 1515 University Ave, which is located in the heart of the Corner area adjacent to Grounds. Conveniently located adjacent to the main UVA Bookstore and the Central Grounds Parking Garage, Newcomb houses Fresh Food Co., one of three residential dining rooms on Grounds; a U.S. Postal Service branch; a Bank of America full-service bank; offices for several units within the Office of the Dean of Students; the Student Activities Center; the Multicultural Student Center; the LGBTQ Center; offices for key student organizations, such as Student Council and the Honor Committee; and meeting rooms for students, faculty, and staff. To reserve space in Newcomb, contact Newcomb Hall Event Planning Services.

The Office of African-American Affairs is located in Dawson’s Row behind Bryan Hall, and provides a breadth of outreach, mentoring, educational and support programs and services including tutoring and academic advising.

The University Career Center is located in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium, and provides a broad range of employment and career and major exploration services and resources, including services for students who are pre-health professions or pre-law. Many of the schools have affiliate career centers embedded within the school as well.

Student Health, located on Brandon Avenue, provides a broad and comprehensive range of health services, by appointment and in urgent need. The majority of basic medical services are covered by the Student Health Fee and do not require additional cost or insurance filings. In addition to core health services as listed above, assistance regarding nutrition, recovery programming, and many other focused needs is available.

The Dean-on-Call program, providing 24/7 support and crisis management services for students within the University community, is managed by the Office of the Dean of Students. The number to call is 434-924-7133 during business hours and 434-924-7166 after hours. The Office of the Dean of Students is available to assist students, or consult with faculty, on a wide-array of things related to student support and wellbeing.

All first-year students are required to live together in University housing. After their first year, they may elect to stay on Grounds or move to an off-Grounds apartment or house. Approximately 41 percent of the student body lives on Grounds.

UVA students are highly engaged in activities outside the classroom. More than 700 student organizations offer opportunities for involvement in community service, club sports, the arts, media, professional development, and other interests. About 30 percent of the student body decides to participate in the fraternity/sorority community. Four umbrella organizations—the Inter-Fraternity Council, the Inter-Sorority Council, the Multicultural Greek Council, and the National Pan-Hellenic Council—govern and support all active fraternity and sorority chapters at the University.

In addition to central support services managed by the Division of Student Affairs, most of the University’s schools provide some level of student services and support through student affairs professionals in the school. This is especially true of the graduate and professional schools. However, all critical issues and emergencies should route through the central dean’s office in Peabody Hall.

Responsibility for all University students registered through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies lies with the dean of the school. The school's approach to student affairs aligns with the University's overall values and student policies, including the Honor System. The school makes appropriate modifications in policies and student services to ensure that they are suitable for part-time adult students studying off-Grounds.