Today marks the official opening of the Rotunda. If you have not had a chance yet to visit the newly renovated Rotunda, I hope you will do so soon. It has been beautifully restored, and it is available to each of us to treasure and enjoy. Many of the changes reflect the desire to make the Rotunda as open and as accessible to students as possible.
Beginning tonight, students will be able to take advantage of quiet study hours in the Rotunda every Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evening from 5 to 10 p.m. You can swipe in using your UVA student ID card at the Rotunda's south entrance (Lawn side) on the ground level. Individual study space is available in the lower West Oval Room on the first floor (used during the day as a classroom), the upper West Oval Room on the second floor, and in the third-floor Dome Room. The North Oval Room on the second floor is available for small study groups when it is not reserved for student meetings. All space designated for study is first-come, first-served. The doors will be locked at closing, so please leave enough time to gather your belongings and clean up in order to depart no later than 10 p.m. The restrooms are located outside the building on the ground level to the left and right of the main entrance.
Students are welcome to study in the Rotunda at other times, but the building is reserved for special events from Wednesday through Saturday, and study time may be limited due to needed set-up time.
It will be everyone's responsibility to maintain the beauty and upkeep of the Rotunda. Food and covered drinks within reason will be allowed in the building during study hours. Similar to using library spaces on the Grounds, you are asked to please be considerate of others and avoid messy, smelly, or noisy food items. All recyclable waste should be deposited in the proper receptacles. All other trash should be disposed of properly. Please be mindful of the furnishings and their care, leaving them and the surrounding area as you found them. If you have any questions or need assistance while studying in the Rotunda, staff members will be on site each evening.
We are fortunate to live, work, and study in the midst of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a special designation given to the Rotunda and Academical Village for their historic significance. Please join me in celebrating the reopening of the Rotunda, in applauding the new emphasis on student use, and in being vigilant to its care and upkeep.
Susan M. Davis
Acting Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer