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Spring Break and Other Reminders for UVA Parents

March 1, 2018
Parents of First-, Second-, and Third-Year Students
Patricia M. Lampkin, Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer

Dear Parents:

With Spring Break starting this weekend, we are nearing the mid-way point in the semester. Many transitions begin to take place at this time during the academic year. Student elections, in fact, were held last week, and we congratulate not only the winners but also all those who participated in the elections process.

Next week, the Hoos will open ACC Basketball Tournament play on Thursday, March 8, at noon. Prior to the game, all parents are invited to join the Virginia Club of New York for a pre-game social beginning at 10 a.m. at King's Beer Hall (84 Saint Marks Place, Brooklyn, New York). Tickets ($10 per person) are available on the website.

Please read on for other important reminders that I hope you find helpful.

Spring Break Safety
In a message to students earlier this week, University Dean of Students Allen Groves summarized basic safety measures for Spring Break (March 3-11). Please remind your student to:

  • Lock all doors and windows during break, draw curtains, and take all valuables with them.
  • Report any suspicious or threatening activity to 911 if staying in the Charlottesville area.
  • Sign ADAPT's pledge this week to have a "Safe Spring Break."
  • Know the health and legal risks of using illicit drugs.
  • Look out for each other.

All on-Grounds housing will remain open during Spring Break. Housing & Residence Life's Spring Break page offers more information and tips for the break. Some services, such as University Transit Services (UTS) and Dining, will operate on limited schedules.

If your student is participating in Alternative Spring Break or similar programs, please make sure you have their itinerary and know how to get in touch with them. While many trips during this time may include other UVA students or faculty members, the University sponsors very few official trips, and we do not maintain rosters or contact information. Alternative Spring Break operates as a contracted independent organization (CIO) and is not a part of the University.

Any students who are traveling abroad should be familiar with all aspects of the areas they are visiting. The U.S. Department of State provides important information on its Students Abroad website.

Extremely important: Students should be aware of health, safety, and security risks associated with international travel. The extent and nature of these risks vary greatly among destinations. Key travel resources that all travelers should consult include the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Traveler’s Health resources, the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories website, and the U.S. Department of Treasury Sanctions Program and Country Information webpage.

The State Department uses a four-tier advisory system to alert travelers about potential danger. Level 4, the highest tier with a “Do not travel” warning, has been assigned to 10 countries. Examples include Yemen and Syria. Twenty nations have an advisory of Level 3: Reconsider Travel. Examples include Honduras and Pakistan. More information is available on the State Department’s Travel to High-Risk Areas website. The CDC use a three-tier notification system. The highest level of concern is Level 3: Warning.

Experts on international travel recommend purchasing international health and emergency assistance insurance. Travelers may also want to consider purchasing trip insurance that can be used in the event of travel delays.

Career Center Events
Two special highlights from the Career Center's long list of activities and services available to students:

  • UVA Internship Placement Program: Students can explore careers, gain professional experience, skills, and expand their network in Charlottesville during the academic year or summer (for second- and third-year students).
  • Major Madness: March 12 through 14 at the 1515 Student Center (second floor). Students can explore career options, plan course schedules, and get help choosing a major that matches their interests and goals.

On-Grounds Housing
If your student is without housing for the 2018-2019 academic year, Housing & Residence Life still has a limited number of spaces still available and is accepting applications.

Educational Tax Benefits
With tax filing day approaching in a few weeks (April 17, 2018), please remember federal educational tax benefits for which you may be eligible. More information is available through IRS Publication 970, available through a link on the IRS Tax Benefits for Education website.

Family Weekend
Please mark your calendar for October 26-28 and plan to attend Family Weekend at UVA. The weekend will include several highlights:

  • Fall Convocation on Friday, October 26, at 2 p.m. in John Paul Jones Arena, where third-year students who have achieved Intermediate Honors will be recognized.
  • Third-Year Ceremony on Friday, October 26, at 4 p.m. in John Paul Jones Arena. This festive event celebrates third-year students' time at the University. Following the ceremony, students who purchased a class ring can pick them up.
  • Football against North Carolina on Saturday, October 27, in Scott Stadium (time TBA). More information regarding tickets for UVA parents and family members will be available soon.
  • On- and off-Grounds Housing Fairs, open classes, concerts, performances, special tours, and more.

As events are finalized, the Family Weekend website will be updated, so please check back periodically. If you plan to stay overnight, it is important to make hotel reservations as early as possible since demand is very high for this weekend. Links to Charlottesville-area accommodations are available on the website.

If your daughter or son will be home for Spring Break, I hope you will enjoy the time with them. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me or a member of the Student Affairs team if we can be of assistance to you or your student.

Warm regards,

Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer

Upcoming Dates

May 1: Spring classes end
May 3-11: Exams
May 2, 6, 9: Reading Days
May 12: First-year residence halls close at noon
May 18-20: Finals Weekend
August 24-26: Move-In Days
August 28: Fall courses begin
October 6-9: Reading Days
October 13: Homecomings Weekend (UVA vs. Miami)
October 19: Inauguration of President-Elect James Ryan
October 26-28: Family Weekend
November 21-25: Thanksgiving Break
December 10-18: Exams
December 13, 16: Reading Days
December 19: Winter Break begins
January 2-12, 2019: January Term
January 14, 2019: Spring courses begin
March 9-17, 2019: Spring Break
April 30, 2019: Spring courses end
May 2-10, 2019: Exams
May 1, 5, 8, 2019: Reading Days
May 17-19, 2019: Class of 2019 Finals Weekend
May 15-17, 2020: Class of 2020 Finals Weekend