There is a lot of information and misinformation about COVID-19 (Coronavirus), a virus that was delcared as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 12, 2020. The university will take every measure to ensure the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and community members in the face of this pandemic.
As of March 12, classes are suspended until Thursday, March 19. At that point, all classes will move to online modules rather than face-to-face instruction.
Students: you will be contacted by your professors with detailed plans about class meetings, assignments, and assessments. Please contact your professors ASAP if you do not have reliable access to the Internet, a safe place to return to off campus, food security, and other hardship circumstances. All federal work-study students will continue to be paid regardless of hours worked. If you need immediate financial assistance, you should apply to the Student Life and Leadership fund, a rainy day fund distributed by the Student Affairs Office (https://www.virginia.edu/coronavirus). A Financial Resource Working Group is also being developed. Details will be posted to the website above. You can also contact our volunteer network.
If you do not have reliable access to the Internet, you should make alternative connectivity arrangements, such as going to another location or procuring a WiFi hotspot from their cellular provider. In cases of financial hardship, students can submit a request for financial support to Student Financial Services to help pay for these technology-related costs. Please visit https://sfs.virginia.edu/techfundinghelp.
If you need to stay on campus, look for an email sent by Housing and Residence life on Wednesday, March 11. Complete the survey requesting to stay on grounds or email firstname.lastname@example.org immediately to request to stay on grounds. The option to request to stay ends Wednesday, March 18 at noon.
Faculty: please prepare a memo for undergraduate and graduate students outlining how the remainder of the semester will be organized as we move to online classrooms. You should specify plans for modes of instruction, assignments, and assessments. Instructors in the 1000-2000-level courses will receive specific guidelines from course coordinators and preceptors. If you need help learning Zoom, adapting your teaching style to online platforms, or navigating your choices for instruction, assignment sequences, and assessments (e.g., synchronous or asynchronous instruction), please visit https://teachingcontinuity.virginia.edu/. You can book a 30-minute help session with the A&S Instructional Technology Support Team using this link. As you adapt your face-to-face course for online environments, be sure to consider the diverse learning needs and life circumstances of students in your classes.
Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community Members: Si usted necesita fondos, contacte (434) 234-4490 [correct number?] entre 9am-5pm, Lunes-Viernes. Multiples lenguajes serán disponibles. Fondos disponibles para Charlottesville y los condados de Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, y Orange. Más información debajo. La Fundación Comunitaria del Area de Charlottesville (CACF), Apoyo Comunitario de Cville, United Way del Área de Charlottesville, la Ciudad de Charlottesville, y el Condado de Albemarle están entusiasmados en anunciar una nueva colaboración para repartir fondos a hogares pasando por dificultades debido al COVID-19. Esta colaboración hará pagos a hogares en Charlottesville y los condados de Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, y Orange. La colaboración comenzará a recibir solicitudes comenzando lunes 23 de marzo 2020. Cualquier persona pasando por dificultades debido al COVID-19 y sus impactos económicos pueden llamar al (434) 234-4490 [correct number?] entre 9am-5pm, Lunes-Viernes. Multiples lenguajes serán disponibles. (If you are in need of funds, contact (434) 234-4490 between 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Multiple languages are available. Eligible to Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, and Orange. The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, Cville Community Cares, United Way of Greater Charlottesville, City of Charlottesville, and County of Albemarle are pleased to announce a partnership to disburse funds to households experiencing hardship due to the COVID-19 virus. This partnership will make financial payments to households in Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, and Orange. The partnership will begin receiving requests for support today, March 23, 2020. Anyone experiencing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 virus and its economic impacts can call (434) 234-4490 between 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Multiple languages are available.)
Information about the virus is fast-moving. Please check the university page for updated information, policies, and best practices regarding classroom instruction, graduation, and progress to degree: https://www.virginia.edu/coronavirus. For information on Coronavirus/COVID-19, including best practices for public and personal safety, please consult the WHO guidelines.