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The University’s Return to Grounds COVID tracker reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 since Thursday. There are currently 56 active cases in the University community. According to the dashboard, there was an average of around seven cases per day last week, including the newly reported positive test results from the weekend.
All students who live in University residences — including first-year dormitories, residential colleges, language houses, upperclassmen apartments and the Lawn and Range — will be tested for COVID-19 on a regularly scheduled basis, per an email sent to Resident Staff Monday from Director of Residence Life Andy Petters.
Besides voting for president, a senator and a new member of the House of Representatives this November, Virginians will need to decide whether they want to support Amendment One — an amendment which purports to limit partisan gerrymandering.
The student leaders behind an open letter to the University community — which implores the University to re-adopt the default credit/no credit/general credit grading system that was developed in the Spring 2020 semester — are hopeful that the more than 1,400 student signatures are too great for U.Va. administrators to ignore.
Dean of Students Allen Groves announced that the University has decided to extend its new COVID-19 restrictions by two weeks – until Oct. 21 – in an email to students Tuesday afternoon.
An attempted burglary was reported to University police at 1:41 p.m. Monday afternoon, according to a University-wide email sent by Chief of Police Timothy Longo. The incident occurred at an off-Grounds residence located on the 400 block of 15th Street NW.
Residents of the Hancock residence hall were notified Friday afternoon that the University has identified 16 cases of COVID-19 in the building, per an email from Provost Liz Magill and Chief Operating Officer J.J. Davis. According to a separate statement from the University, the cases were identified through a combination of wastewater testing, prevalence testing and testing at Student Health.
Clemons Library temporarily closed for two hours on Wednesday following low levels of mask compliance, marking the second time in four days this measure was taken.
Clemons Library was closed Sunday afternoon and Monday morning following low compliance with the University’s face mask policy as outlined in SEC-045.
The University’s COVID Tracker reported Thursday a total of 430 positive coronavirus cases in the community since Aug. 17 — of which 382 are student cases — marking a new highest daily increase of 52 positive cases due to a testing backlog. These numbers only include those who have been tested through Student Health and Wellness or a University-affiliated clinic.
While some students have mostly positive experiences with COVID-19 testing on Grounds, others are finding the experience to be frustrating.
As colleges and universities across the country return their students to campus, many have established trackers or dashboards with the intention of being transparent about the number of COVID-19 cases in their communities. Compared to other universities in Virginia, U.Va.’s dashboard has many similar features — but also lacks some capabilities, such as not reporting the community’s COVID-19 positivity rate.
Dean of Students Allen Groves issued clarifying statements on the restrictions, exceptions and enforcement of the University’s revised COVID-19 policy, SEC-045, in a University-wide email Monday. The policy was recently revised to “better comport with the current crisis we face and what we have learned thus far,” Groves wrote.
Following the launch of a digital COVID-19 tracker earlier this week, the University reported 23 new positive cases on Thursday — the highest one-day spike — to make for a total of 40 positive student cases since Aug. 17.
All students will be required to submit a self-administered COVID-19 viral PCR test before receiving clearance to return to Grounds, the University announced Thursday as it prepares to bring students back for fall classes next month. Mandatory testing is just one of the University’s several public health measures, including virtual daily health checks and requiring all students to wear masks in public spaces.
Due to uncertainty regarding access to SAT and ACT testing during the ongoing pandemic, the University has announced that applicants for fall 2021 will not be required to submit standardized testing scores. This policy applies to all undergraduate admission at the University, including international students and transfer students.
As part of its tentative plan to bring some students back to Grounds for the fall semester amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the University has ordered 25,000 “welcome back kits” from Bright Ideas — a local, small women- and minority-owned promotional products provider based in Troy, Va.
Some University students are finding their summer internships or jobs canceled as a result of stay-at-home orders and continuous urging for citizens to abide by social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In efforts to help students navigate the rocky job market, the University’s Career Center is attempting to not only move all of its resources online, but also to reach out to corporations and alumni to secure opportunities for online internships.
While many students were taking final exams on Friday afternoon, the University’s online course management and collaboration system — UVACollab — went offline for over an hour due to a “hardware failure on one of [the University’s] F5 load balancers,” according to Virginia Evans, the University’s Chief Information Officer.
Students may now choose to receive “general credit” in classes for which they receive a passing grade, according to a University-wide email from Laura F. Hawthorne, associate vice provost and University registrar. The announcement also detailed how the University plans to allow students to choose their grading options in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.