The University of Virginia has announced plans to reopen and start the fall semester on time, with undergraduate courses beginning on Tuesday, August 25th. There will be no fall break for undergraduates and in-person instruction will conclude before Thanksgiving. Large classes will be offered virtually, and the entire semester is designed so students can take courses from wherever they are.
In a message sent to the University community, President Ryan wrote, "Every student, faculty, and staff member who will be on Grounds this fall will have to meet certain health and safety requirements designed to keep members of the UVA and broader community safe.
"While parts of our plan are evolving, some parts are settled and will include the basics we all know well by now: social distancing, the wearing of face coverings, encouragement of frequent hand washing, and enhanced cleaning of the environment. We are modifying our facilities to operationalize these essential elements that help prevent the spread of the virus," Ryan wrote.
The University has purchased personal protective equipment from local vendors to distribute to students, faculty and staff as it reopens.
Further information and FAQs are posted at www.virginia.edu/coronavirus. For questions, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 877-685-4836 for domestic calls and +1 202 800-2408 for international calls.
Fall 2020 Update to University Community from President Jim Ryan and Executive Vice Presidents Magill,Kent, and Davis