Spring is slowly arriving on Grounds while the semester is quickly coming to an end. I am writing with several year-end reminders as your student finishes up the academic year and prepares for the summer. Courses end Tuesday, May 1, followed by a Reading Day and the start of exams on May 3. Exams end on Friday, May 11. Please read on for additional information about upcoming activities that may involve your daughter or son.
Student Safety at the Foxfield Races
Scheduled this year for April 28, the Foxfield Races attract large numbers of students from UVA and other schools on the East Coast. The steeplechase races, held several miles from the Grounds, are not sponsored by UVA. While this can be a fun spring event, the excessive use of alcohol and related arrests are deeply concerning. If your student is going, please talk with them about safety and responsible behavior.
Students who are going to Foxfield are urged to plan ahead with regard to transportation, food, and safety. Uniformed law enforcement officers will be present on the roads leading to Foxfield and within the event grounds. In conjunction with a private public safety team, they will focus on providing a safe environment for all spectators, assisting individuals in need of help, and deterring and responding to illegal activity. Students have been receiving University messages encouraging them to:
- Know how to get to and from Foxfield safely. If a group is driving, one member should serve as the sober driver. Taxis, Uber, and Lyft also will be available.
- Use the buddy system while at the races. In a large crowd, it is easy to lose track of friends, and most students report problems with their cellphone service due to the location and number of attendees.
- Bring enough food and water for the day. Sunscreen is important as well.
Alcohol use: Students who are under 21 and drink alcohol are engaging in unlawful behavior. Students who are of legal age and choose to drink should follow Foxfield's alcohol policies. All students are urged to know the symptoms of an alcohol emergency and how to access medical services. This infographic provides more details.
Students received a safety-related message from University Dean of Students Allen Groves, and they will have a chance to participate in the "Savvy Fox Safety Pledge" campaign sponsored by UVA's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) peer educators. During the races, UVA students can visit ADAPT's student tent for information as well as free food, water, and sunscreen.
UVAPay to Replace QuikPay Next Month
In mid-May, the University will retire QuikPay@UVA and launch UVAPay. Students and parents or other family members who have been designated as Authorized Payers will be able to use UVAPay to view student account activity, make payments, get account statements, and set up semester payment plans. As with QuikPay, students will be able to access UVAPay through SIS, and Authorized Payers will have their own log-in page.
For now, there's nothing you or your student needs to do. More information about UVAPay will be coming soon to students and their Authorized Payers. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Student Financial Services at email@example.com or 434-982-6000.
Hoos ReUse: An Easy Way for Students to Recycle and Benefit Others
On-Grounds Collection: May 2 through 12
Off-Grounds Collection: May 21 and 22
As students finish up the year and move out of their residence halls or apartments, they can donate their unwanted (but usable) furniture, appliances, nonperishable food, and clothing to local charities through the Hoos ReUse program. Two drives take place each year, one for students living on Grounds and the other for students living off Grounds. For complete details, including times and locations, please check the Hoos ReUse website.
Invitations from Student Academic Honor Societies
Students who meet certain criteria, including minimum grade point averages, often are invited to join national and international academic honor societies. If requested, the University provides honor societies with nonconfidential information regarding eligible students. No grades are ever divulged.
Deciding whether membership would be beneficial or desirable is something you and your student should jointly determine. Membership fees nearly always are required. All honoraries operate independently of the University, but membership in a limited number of honor societies is recorded as part of students' transcripts.
Most honor societies recognized by the University belong to the Association of College Honor Societies. To learn more, please see the ACHS website. If you have specific questions about honoraries with chapters at UVA, please write firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Health: Summer Access and Hard-Waiver Requirement
Student Health remains open during the summer. If students are not enrolled in classes over the summer, they will pay $10 per visit per clinic for services. Otherwise, visits by enrolled students are covered by their payment of the comprehensive fee.
Please watch your mailbox in May for a postcard about the annual Health Insurance Hard-Waiver program requirement. Student Health will be sending out information to you and your student about the upcoming deadline that requires your attention.
Corks & Curls Available for Purchase
Corks & Curls, the University's longstanding yearbook, is available for purchase as a way to commemorate the 2017-2018 academic year. More information, including a link to purchase online, is available on the website.
Closing of Residence Halls
Students living in upperclass areas, except for the Lawn and Range, must move out of their residence halls by noon on Monday, May 21. Lawn and Range residents must move out by noon on Tuesday, May 22. For additional information regarding closing, please consult the Housing & Residence Life website.
Family Weekend: Oct. 26-28
Please be sure to mark your calendar for this year's Family Weekend. Fall Convocation, the Third-Year Ceremony, student housing fairs, and the football game against North Carolina will highlight the weekend along with numerous other events. Accommodations fill up quickly; please see the Family Weekend website for a list. Additional details about the Dome Room Dinners and other activities will be posted as they become available.
The final weeks of the semester are always a busy, exciting, and often stressful time for students. If I or a member of my team can assist you or your student, please let me know.
Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer
May 1: Spring classes end
May 3-11: Exams
May 2, 6, 9: Reading Days
May 2-12: Hoos ReUse (on Grounds)
May 18-20: Finals Weekend
May 19: Graduation Ceremony for College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
May 20: Graduation Ceremony for All Other Schools
May 21: Upperclass residence halls close at noon (with exception of Lawn and Range)
May 21-22: Hoos ReUse (off Grounds)
July 5-6: Summer Orientation begins
August 24-25: Move-In Days
August 28: Fall courses begin
October 6-9: Reading Days
October 13: Homecomings Weekend (UVA vs. Miami)
October 26-28: Family Weekend (UVA vs. North Carolina)
October 26: Third-Year Ceremony
October 26: Fall Convocation and Intermediate Honors (Third-Year Students)
November 21-25: Thanksgiving Break
December 7: Fall classes end
December 10-18: Exams
December 19-January 13: Winter Break
January 2-12: January Term
January 14: Spring classes begin
March 9-17: Spring Break
April 30: Spring classes end
May 17-19, 2019: Class of 2019 Finals Weekend
May 15-17, 2020: Class of 2020 Finals Weekend