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Several Requirements to Complete as a New or Returning Student

July 12, 2017
All University Students
Allen W. Groves, University Dean of Students

Dear New or Returning Student:

In a few short weeks, we will welcome everyone back to the Grounds for a new academic year. As part of your preparation, both new and returning students must complete several items related to community policies and standards.

If you go to your Student Information System (SIS) account, you will see the items you need to complete under your To Do List.

Below are the items you may see in your To Do List, with the Annual Student Update Form required of everyone. Other requirements will depend on your status as a new student, a returning student who has not completed the required items or who has not completed them in some time, or a student transitioning from an undergraduate to a graduate program.

  1. Annual Student Update Form.

    Required each fall of all students, this form includes five types of information needed from you: tax dependency status, criminal history disclosure, acknowledgment of financial responsibilities, local address, and emergency contact information.

    Completion time: 5 minutes.

  2. Not on Our Grounds (undergraduate students) or Not on Our Grounds Plus (graduate students).

    This Sexual Violence Education module is designed to educate you on conduct prohibited by the University's Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence and inform you of ways in which we all can serve as active bystanders and community leaders in preventing harassment and violence in our community. The program fulfills federal requirements for colleges and universities to provide training on these critical topics and supports the University's continued commitment to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment. All students are required to complete the Not on Our Grounds module every two years. If you have not completed the Not on Our Grounds module since Fall 2015, you are required to complete the module this year.

    Completion time: 60 minutes.

  3. Alcohol-Wise (undergraduates) or Alcohol-Wise 21+ (graduate students).

    This module helps clarify personal choices about drinking habits and attitudes. Alcohol-Wise is tailored for each user and provides access to University resources. Participants receive confidential, personalized feedback that compares personal use to University-wide norms. UVA strives to create a community in which all students make legal, educated decisions about alcohol, while not jeopardizing their academic goals, their safety, or the safety of others. The 21+ version, designed for graduate and professional students, may prove useful if you teach or mentor undergraduate students. Even if you do not drink alcoholic beverages, both versions of this module will provide information to help you learn how to deal with others who are disruptive or in danger.

    Completion time: 60 minutes for Alcohol-Wise; 15 minutes for Alcohol-Wise 21+.

  4. Honor Module.

    The Honor module will help you understand the Honor System at UVA and what is expected of you in terms of academic and personal integrity. You will receive more detailed information about the module in an email from the Honor Committee chair.

    Completion time: 15 minutes.

If you encounter any questions as you work on the modules, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions on the Office of the Dean of Students website.

Your responses to these requirements are completely confidential. Both versions of Not on Our Grounds and Alcohol-Wise are handled by third parties not affiliated with the University. I urge you to be candid in your survey answers so you may receive accurate feedback from each program.

As you work on each module, you may log in and out, if needed, to save your progress. The final deadline to complete each item is September 6, 2017. If you fail to do so, you will be blocked from registration for spring classes. I respectfully ask that you make completion of these items a priority.

These requirements enable everyone to prepare for a successful new academic year. In the community of trust and self-governance that characterizes UVA, your individual commitment can help bring about positive change.

Thank you for your prompt attention to these requirements. I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer, and I look forward to the arrival of all of you in August.


Allen W. Groves
University Dean of Students