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Co-curricular activities continue in the summer at the University of Virginia, with lectures, concerts, art exhibits, plays, and films on Grounds.
University Programs Council
UPC is a student-run programming board that provides the University community with entertaining, educational, and cultural activities. Summer programs include such events as movies in the Amphitheater, picnic lunches with professors, 4th of July celebrations, and Bodo’s Bagels on the Lawn. Membership is open to all UVa students. For more information about UPC events and ways to get involved, please contact UPC at www.uvaupc.com.
Newcomb is the hub for student activities at the University of Virginia! If you’re planning an event, need a bite to eat, or just seeking a quiet corner to relax you’ve come to the right place.
Newcomb also serves as the gateway to a variety of opportunities for involvement at the University. The offices of the Student Council, Honor and Judiciary Committees, Greek Councils, University Programs Council, Orientation, Fraternity and Soroity Life, and The Cavalier Daily call Newcomb home. If you’re interested in any of the many student organizations at the University, drop by Newcomb and we’ll help you get connected.
- Information Center: (434) 924-3601, Student Locator: (434) 924-3363
- Ticket Office
- Game Room
- Lounges, Art Gallery, and study/meeting space
- Dining (sit down and quick eats)
- Movie Theater
- Post Office, Bank of America, Student Legal Services
- Student Activities Center (SAC) and Kaleidoscope
- LGBT Resource Center
- Orientation & New Student Programs
- Media Center (Opening this winter)
The personality of any student center is a product of the individuals who regularly visit and use the facility. Our team sincerely hopes you take advantage of all Newcomb has to offer. For more information, look for us online at www.virginia.edu/newcomb.
University of Virginia Bookstore
The bookstore is located atop the Central Grounds Parking Garage and behind Newcomb Hall, offers all summer school textbooks, a large selection of scholarly, critical, and popular literature, school supplies, and University of Virginia imprinted clothing and gifts. Services now available are UPS shipping, postage, Cavalier Advantage deposits, custom engraving, and dry cleaning at the Mail Services desk.
A computer repair service center is also located in the bookstore. Open during the summer from 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, the Bookstore accepts cash, personal checks, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, and the Cavalier Advantage Card. Full-time students who were registered during the previous Spring semester can also Student Charge their purchases.
The University of Virginia Art Museum
Please visit the Museum for the special exhibitions. The Museum is located at 155 Rugby Road and open Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm. Admission is free of charge, but donations are welcomed. For more information call 434-924-3592 or visit www.virginia.edu/artmuseum.
The Heritage Repertory Theatre
The Heritage Theatre Festival, a professional summer company operating in the facilities of the Department of Drama on Culbreth Road, will present a season of plays and musicals this summer in the Culbreth and Helms Theatres. There will be nightly performances, except Sunday, mid June through early August. Past productions have included such shows as 1776, The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Ragtime, West Side Story, To Kill a Mockingbird, Grease, and Proof. Season subscriptions as well as student and group rates are available. For more information, call (434) 924-8137, or after June 7, (434) 924-3376. www.uvahtf.org
The Intramural-Recreational Sports Department
A variety of recreational programs and facilities are offered to students attending Summer Session. Intramural sport leagues, tournaments, and special events are offered in activities such as basketball, softball, soccer, and tennis. Group Exercise and Mind/Body classes are offered, as well as Massage Therapy along with a variety of recreation instruction classes like tennis, yoga, dance, scuba, swimming, and CPR. The Outdoor Recreation Program offers kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing trips, fly-fishing and other workshops. The Outdoor Recreation Center also offers camping and boating equipment rentals as well as provides a resource library on local outdoor destinations. Students can access the recreation facilities listed below by using their valid University ID. For students with children, the department also conducts four, two-week camp sessions each summer for children in grades 1-5. For more information on programs and services, call (434) 924-3791. Recreation facility schedules can be obtained by calling (434) 924-PLAY (7529). Complete information is also available at www.virginia.edu/ims.
The Aquatic & Fitness Center
The Center has a 50 meter pool, 3-court gymnasium, an indoor walking/running track, free weight and cardiovascular exercise areas, multi-purpose rooms, locker rooms, sauna, whirlpool, showers, towel service, bookstore, dining area, and the Intramural-Recreational Sports administrative offices. The center is adjacent to Scott Stadium.
Memorial Gym houses a 3-court gymnasium, an indoor walking/ running track, indoor soccer/floor hockey rink, free weights, cardiovascular exercise areas, multi-purpose rooms, locker rooms, showers, towel service, and a sauna. The gym is located on Emmet Street.
Slaughter Recreation Center
Slaughter Recreation Center offers cardiovascular equipment, free weights, strength training machines, three basketball / volleyball/badminton courts, handball, racquetball, squash and wallyball courts, two multi-purpose/ aerobics rooms, day lockers, and towel service. The Center is located at the base of Observatory Hill.
North Grounds Recreation Center
The North Grounds Recreation Center houses a two-court gymnasium with availability for volleyball and basketball. Also offered are handball, racquetball and squash courts, a fitness room, two multi-purpose rooms, showers, towel service and locker rooms. Treadmills, climbers and other cardio fitness as well as weight lifting machines are also located in North Grounds.
Outdoor Recreation Center
The Outdoor Recreation Center is the hub of instructional and workshop activity for outdoor recreation at U.Va. Available to rent, the ORC offers a variety of camping and boating equipment, etc. as well as a resource library for those wanting a self-directed outing. The Center is adjacent to the Cavalier Inn on Emmet Street.
Snyder Tennis Center
Snyder Tennis Center features thirteen outdoor lighted tennis courts adjacent to Memorial Gym.
Perry-Fishburne Tennis and Dell Basketball Courts
Perry-Fishburne Tennis and Dell Basketball Courts have four tennis courts and three lighted outdoor basketball courts between Ruffner Hall and the reflection pond on Emmet Street, west of Newcomb Hall.
The Park is a twenty-three acre site for softball, field sports, running, picnics, and outdoor events. Featuring artificial turf sport fields, and equipped with lights, it is ideal for day and evening play. The Park is located in the North Grounds area between the Law School and the Barracks Road Shopping Center, east of the 250 Bypass.
Dining facilities schedules are being planned and will be posted here when available. If dietary restrictions are a concern, a registered dietician/nutritionist is on staff at UVA Dining. For more information on 2011 Summer Session dining plan options and operating hours, please visit www.virginia.edu/dining.
The city of Charlottesville attracts visitors from around the globe. Beyond the city lie the homes of Thomas Jefferson ( Monticello), James Monroe (Ash Lawn), and James Madison ( Montpelier), all open to visitors. The Blue Ridge Parkway is 20 miles west of Charlottesville. Additional information is available at www.charlottesvilletourism.org/
Motor Vehicles, Parking, Bicycles, and Bus Service
Motor Vehicles and Parking
The Department of Parking and Transportation is committed to providing parking for students, employees, patients, visitors, and event The The Department of Parking and Transportation is committed to providing parking for students, employees, patients, visitors, and event patrons while meeting current and future land use needs. The University Transit Service is dedicated to providing safe, sustainable, and reliable transportation to the U.Va community.
For additional information on any of the following information, please visit the Parking & Transportation (P&T) web site, www.virginia.edu/parking, or call 434-924-7231
- Permit Parking
- Parking Enforcement
- Bus Service
- Disability Services
- Alternative Transportation
- Event Impacts on Permit Parking
- Visitor Parking
I. Permit Parking
A. General Information
Except for first-year undergraduate students, all students may own and/or operate motor vehicles at the University and in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. To park motor vehicles on the University Grounds, a permit must be purchased from the Department of Parking and Transportation Services.
B. Temporary and Occasional Parking Permits
Depending on availability, students may purchase temporary and occasional parking permits to park in certain areas on Grounds.
C. On-Grounds Students
Depending on availability, students living in on-Grounds student housing may purchase Reserved Parking permits for lots near their residence. Alternatively, students living on-Grounds may choose to purchase the less expensive storage permit valid in the 4th and 5th floors of the Emmet/Ivy Garage.
D. Off-Grounds Students
Depending on availability, students living off-Grounds may purchase Commuter or Reserved parking permits Prices vary by location.
E. Purchasing a Permit
Students Living On-Grounds may purchase a permit each year beginning in August. Students Living Off-Grounds may purchase a permit at anytime during the year at the Parking and Transportation Office.
Please note that Student Permits are not automatically renewed from year-to-year. All outstanding balances must be paid prior to purchasing or renewing a permit.
F. Vehicle Registration
Individuals may register their own, their spouse’s, or their parent’s vehicle. Parking permits will not be issued for trail bikes, mini-bikes, snowmobiles, cargo trailers, boats, campers, mopeds, etc.
Special “motorcycle only” parking areas have been designated throughout Grounds. A Commuter or Storage permit is required within the motorcycle only areas.
Motorcycles parked in a regular parking space within a parking lot (i.e., a space that either a car or motorcycle could use) are subject to the same permit restrictions as cars.
H. Replacement Permits and Returning Permits
Lost or damaged permits may be replaced by paying a nominal fee. When a vehicle is sold or traded, the permit must be removed because citation liability continues to apply to the original permit holder.
Parking and Transportation will issue refunds for parking permits returned prior to the expiration date of the permit. Refunds are prorated and are not issued for amounts less than $5.00.
Parking Enforcement - Parking permits can be revoked at the discretion of the University if the permit holder has been proven to abuse his/her privilege. Fraudulent misuse and abuse of patient parking or the display of a lost, stolen, or counterfeited permit is punishable by administrative fine and total revocation of parking privilege. Parking permits are the property of the University and may be physically removed from the bearer’s vehicle by U.Va representatives if the permit is not voluntarily returned upon revocation.
Any person anticipating a temporary parking problem regardless of duration should contact Parking and Transportation at (434) 924-7231 in advance to seek possible options. Unless arrangements are made in advance, illegally parked vehicles are subject to citation and/or towing at the owner’s expense.
II. Parking Enforcement
A. General Information
Parking restrictions are in effect year round, seven days a week. Signs at the lot entrances denote specific permit restrictions. In many lots, restrictions are in place at all times (designated as “all times” lots) or modified after 3:30 PM or 5:00 PM. Special events (plays, concerts, athletic events, etc.) parking may also modify the availability of parking in certain lots. Check the signs at every entrance/space for exact restrictions.
The Department of Parking and Transportation or the Department of Police may immobilize or remove and put into storage any vehicle in violation of University Parking Regulations. Costs of such removal and storage are charged against the individual in whose name the car is registered. Towed vehicles may be retrieved by the owners at the appropriate towing company office. Please visit the Parking and Transportation website for more information about immobilization and towing.
B. Parking Regulations
Current Parking Regulations are listed on the Parking and Transportation website at this address:http://www.virginia.edu/parking/citations/regulations.html
C. Appealing a Citation
Any person who has been issued a parking ticket may file for an appeal hearing with the Department of Parking and Transportation provided that no more than fourteen (14) calendar days have elapsed since the issuance of the ticket. Appeals may be submitted online on the Parking and Transportation website or may be mailed to our Hearings Officer at:
U.Va Department of Parking and Transportation
ATTN: Hearings Officer
P.O. Box 400000
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4000
Please include the citation number, license plate of the vehicle that received the citation, and a mailing address for Hearing Officer correspondence. The current policy regarding Appeals is available on the Parking and Transportation website at this address: http://www.virginia.edu/parking/citations/hearings.html
D. Paying a Citation
Citations may be paid online on the Parking and Transportation website using most major credit cards or may be mailed to the main office at:
U.Va Department of Parking and Transportation
P.O. Box 400000
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4000
When mailing in your payment, please include the bottom portion of the citation with your payment (check or money order). Write the citation number or the license plate number in the memo field of the check or money order. Please do not send cash through the mail.
Citations payments may also be made in person at the Parking and Transportation Office located at 1101 Millmont Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903. Please bring the citation (or citation number) and license plate number of the vehicle that received the citation. Cavalier Advantage, cash, check, money order, and most major credit cards are accepted at the main office.
III. Bus Service
A. General Information
The University Transit Service (UTS) operates several fare-free fixed routes providing transportation throughout Grounds on a year-round basis. UTS is available to all students, faculty, and staff. Please visit the University Transit Service website to view the current route system.
B. GPS Arrival Predictions
Riders can receive arrival predictions using the HoosWhere GPS system on the Parking and Transportation website, the mobile U.Va website, by phone, or using Bus Finders located at certain bus stops throughout Grounds. More information about the HoosWhere system is available on the Parking and Transportation website.
UTS offers Charter Services to accommodate the special transportation needs of various academic groups and affiliates of the University of Virginia. Charter policies, available vehicles, and reservation instructions are listed on the Parking and Transportation website.
D. Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT)
University of Virginia students, faculty and staff can ride the Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) for free with a valid U.Va ID. This program, funded by the University of Virginia, provides access to popular off Grounds locations such as the Fashion Square Mall, Rio Hill Shopping Center, and the Downtown Mall. Fare-free open ridership does not apply to the CAT Football Shuttle. Please visit the Charlottesville Transit Service website for routes and schedules: http://www.charlottesville.org/transit
E. Service Schedules
UTS operates on different levels of service based on the academic, health system, and holiday calendar. Please visit the Parking and Transportation website for details on the specific service definitions.
F. Student Employment
Students are the primary driving force behind the University Transit Service. UTS recruits and trains students to earn their CDL license and operate the transit buses in the U.Va fleet. Once employed, student drivers also have the opportunity to serve on a UTS Committee (Safety, Marketing, or Public Relations) and operate chartered bus service. Students who are interested in becoming a bus driver should visit the University Transit Service website or e-mail UTS at firstname.lastname@example.org
IV. Disability Services
A. Permit Options
a. Students with Disabilities
Students with a permanent or temporary physical handicap who hold a U.Va parking permit may submit requests to the Elson Student Health Center for special permits entitling them to reserved parking. In addition, these permits allow parking at meters free of charge, service spaces, and in designated handicapped spaces.
Elson Student Health Center
400 Brandon Avenue
P.O. Box 800760
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0760
B. Demand and Response Transportation (DART)
The University Transportation Service Demand and Respond Transportation Service (DART) has been developed with the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs to provide transportation to those who, because of disability, are unable to use the regular fixed route bus service. An application must be completed to establish individual needs and services requirements. All information disclosed in the application will be held in the strictest confidence. Those applicants that are approved for DART service should review the DART Riders’ Guidelines available on the Parking and Transportation website prior to scheduling their first transportation service.
C. Event Parking for Those with Disabilities
The Parking and Transportation website provides information for disability parking options for Football games at Scott Stadium and for events at the John Paul Jones Arena.
V. Alternative Transportation
A. General Information
The Department of Parking and Transportation actively seeks to provide transportation services that are safe, reliable, and convenient while also being sustainable and environmentally responsible. Parking and Transportation works to educate the U.Va community to existing and available alternative transportation modes available in the greater Charlottesville area. Please visit the Parking and Transportation website for more information.
Cycling is a healthy, convenient, and environmental responsible transportation alternative. There are several designated bike paths, trails, and routes throughout Charlottesville that make it safe and convenient for cyclists. The Parking and Transportation website features several links to community resources for cycling as well as the U.Va SMART Transportation Map detailing bike routes throughout Grounds.
Students who bring their bikes to Grounds should consider registering their bike with the University Police Department. If a registered bicycle is lost or stolen, the University Police Department will have the necessary information for a police report and enter in NCIC and VCIN computer systems. If another police department finds the bicycle anywhere in the USA we will be notified. Please visit the University Police Department website for more information.
C. Car Sharing
All U.Va students, faculty, and staff over the age of 18 are eligible to apply for membership in the Zipcar car sharing program on Grounds. Once approved, Zipcar members have access to all of the Zipcars at U.Va, and those members over the age of 21 have access to all Zipcars in the United States and beyond.
Zipcars can be reserved by the hour or by the day. All reservations include gas, insurance, and 180 miles for every 24 hour reservation. Each Zipcar is equipped with a gas card for fueling purposes. Additional information can be found on the Parking and Transportation website.
All U.Va students, faculty and staff have access to a free online ride matching system, NuRide. Members can visit www.nuride.com to create their account and post their desired trip or daily commute to find other members to share the ride with. NuRide also provides members exclusive discounts and promotions from local and national vendors.
E. Intercity Transit
Charlottesville is served by several mass transportation service providers, including Amtrak passenger rail service, Greyhound intercity bus transportation, and various airlines at the Charlottesville Airport (CHO).
VI. Event Impacts on Permit Parking
A. General Information
Due to the parking demand associated with large events at the University, permit holders will be asked to vacate parking lots by a certain time. Vacate notices will be posted at each parking lot in advance, and will be posted on the Parking and Transportation website.
Common events that require certain lots to be cleared are large events at the John Paul Jones Arena including Men’s Basketball games, Football games at Scott Stadium, select events at Cabell Hall, and large University events such as Final Exercises. Please visit the Parking and Transportation website for additional information.
VII. Visitor Parking
Due to limited parking on grounds during the academic semester, visitors and guests are encouraged to purchase a Temporary Blue Permit to park in the Blue designated parking areas at U-Hall and the John Paul Jones Arena. Visitors may also pay to park at various meters on Grounds or in the Central Grounds Garage on a first-come, first-served basis. Please visit the Parking and Transportation website for additional information.
Student Health Services
Student Health Services
The Department of Student Health provides general out-patient medical care, including gynecology and psychological services to Summer Session students. Visits with a Student Health clinician are covered by the Summer Session Student Health fee, but there are charges for all lab tests, medications, and supplies (crutches, etc.). When necessary, Student Health will refer patients to consultants in other specialties. Students requiring hospitalization will be admitted to the University of Virginia Hospital. Disability services are available through the Learning Needs and Evaluation Center.
Location and Hours
The Elson Student Health Center is located just off Central Grounds, on Jefferson Park Avenue, between Monroe Lane and Brandon Avenue. Summer Session hours are 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday.
After Hours and Emergencies
For medical emergencies, the University of Virginia Hospital Emergency Room will provide emergency medical treatment when Student Health is closed. For urgent concerns or questions that cannot wait until the next business day, contact Student Health’s on-call service at (434) 972-7004. Student Health will not pay charges for services a student receives outside of Student Health. Students enrolled through the School for Continuing and Professional Studies pay no health fees and are, therefore, not eligible for Student Health services.
Health insurance is a requirement for all students at the University of Virginia. It is the responsibility of each student to obtain overage prior to beginning a Summer Session course and to pay for any health care costs not covered by health insurance. Any individual admitted to the 2009 Summer Session as an “unclassified student” (visiting undergraduate) or a “visiting graduate student” is eligible to purchase the university-endorsed student health insurance plan for coverage during enrollment in the UVa Summer Session. Eligibility for the university-endorsed student health insurance plan is contingent upon official admission to the UVa Summer Session and completion of course registration. Visiting students who wish to enroll in the university-endorsed student health insurance plan must do so by May 31, 2011. The coverage will begin on May 1, 2011 and end on August 14, 2011. Additional information, including plan pricing, may be found at www.virginia.edu/studenthealth/insurance.html, or call (434) 243-2702.
Pre-Entrance Health Record:
If the student’s time at UVa is during Summer Session only, there is no requirement for completing a health or immunization form. However, if the student plans to use Student Health services during the Summer Session, it is recommended that he/she complete the Pre-Entrance Health Record, accessible at www.virginia.edu/studenthealth/records.html.
Medical Withdrawal and Readmission
Student Health must clear any student requesting readmission to the University who originally withdrew for medical reasons. For more information call (434) 924-5471.
If you have any questions, please contact us via phone: (434) 924-5362; email: email@example.com; mail: Department of Student Health, P.O. Box 800760, Charlottesville, VA 22908-0760; or website: www.virginia.edu/studenthealth.
The Division of Student Affairs
The Division of Student Affairs helps support the University of Virginia’s primary purpose of enriching the minds and lives of its students. The division helps promote the intellectual, cultural, personal, and social development of students while enhancing their physical and psychological well-being. Student Affairs accomplishes this mission by supporting intellectual inquiry and responsible decision-making, providing programs and services that support the clarification of personal values, identity, and intellectual growth, facilitating the creation of interpersonal relationships and exploration of career directions, and promoting the value of diversity and full membership of all students within the University community so they can be informed, active citizens within our society. For more information call (434) 924-7984
The Office of the Dean of Students
The Office of the Dean of Students serves as a primary point of contact for students on a variety of issues. Working out of the six (6) locations listed below, the members of the ODOS team work directly with student organizations and individual students in providing support, advice and guidance. ODOS is also the place for students and their families to go when uncertain about where to turn with a problem or concern. ODOS is the primary source for student-based leadership development programs outside the classroom and administers the Dean-on-Call system that provides 24 hour coverage for incidents of concern. The main office in Peabody Hall also provides outreach and support to Hispanic/Latino, Asian/Asian Pacific American, LGBT, Native American, and other minority students not directly supported by the UVA Office of African-American Affairs.
ODOS locations include:
- Main Office, 2nd Floor, Peabody Hall, (434) 924-7133
- Fraternity & Sorority Life, First Floor, Newcomb Hall (434) 924-7430;
- Orientation & New Student Programs, First Floor, Newcomb Hall, (434) 982-4555;
- Newcomb Hall, (434) 924-3329;
- Residence Life, Dabney House (434) 924-3736
For additional information visit www.virginia.edu/ deanofstudents
Residence Life Office
The summer residence are staffed by Resident Advisors (RAs) who work closely with an Area Coordinator to manage Summer Residential Programs and are supervised by the Office of the Dean of Student/ Residence Life and the Housing Division. RAs are available to assist students through peer counseling, referral and programming. RAs promote a living environment that facilitates the physical well-being of students and their academic, social and emotional growth. RAs also encourage and implement a system of self-governance among residents in order to build a community where individual rights are respected. The Office of the Dean of Students / Residence Life is located in Dabney House. For additional information call (434) 924-3736. www.virginia.edu/residencelife.
The Office of African-American Affairs (OAAA)
The Office of African-American Affairs (OAAA) The mission of the Office of African-American Affairs is to assist the University in providing a welcoming environment for African-American students to enable them to reach their academic goals and objectives. To this end, it works in partnership with academic and student affairs’ offices and departments. In addition, the OAAA offers a variety of programs. For example, its nationally acclaimed Peer Advisor Program provides personalized and sensitive outreach to assist first-year and entering transfer students with their college transition. The Student-Faculty Mentoring Program offers nurturing experiences for students’ intellectual and career-related development. The Tutorial Service gives support in academic areas ranging from chemistry to foreign language. In areas of cultural growth, the OAAA’s Luther Porter Jackson Cultural Center offers University-wide workshops, lectures, performances, and exhibitions related to the African-American experience. The Nat Turner Library is a repository for print and audiovisual materials documenting the black experience in the United States. The Harris-Bland Computer Lab offers opportunities for expanding Internet research.
The OAAA also has a variety of services, including academic monitoring, outreach, and recognition; personal counseling and advising; University orientation; alumni networking; and student advocacy. And finally, the OAAA works withparents through its Parents Advisory Association. The organization provides additional support through a variety of activities, such as annual meetings with the administration and faculty, get-acquainted events for incoming families, and emergency loans. For additional information contact The Office of African-American Affairs (OAAA) Luther P. Jackson House, 4 Dawson’s Row, P.O. Box 400132, Charlottesville, VA 22904.
University Career Services (UCS)
The primary mission of this office is to ensure that U.Va. students achieve their career-related goals, whether those goals are to continue their education, secure employment, or some combination of the two. UCS accomplishes this mission by providing a variety of programs and services designed to help students explore career options, identify effective career-decision-making steps, gain experience in potential work environments, learn effective job-searching strategies, plan for graduate and/or professional school, and make connections with employers.
Within the context of exploring career options, students have the opportunity to begin by assessing their personal values, interests, and skills – a foundational process often referred to as self-exploration. To support students in this self-exploration process, UCS offers individual career counseling as well as interactive small-group workshops to help students identify the connection between major and career generate career paths to explore, and to determine next action steps in their unique process. To ensure students gain an accurate perspective about specific careers, UCS manages an extensive career resource library of print and online resources. Students also have access to a network of thousands of U.Va. alumni who have volunteered to provide career information and advice to students.
UCS offers several programs that allow students to experience future work environments as they continue to clarify their career goals. Many students use UCS resources to seek internships to gain experience in a career field they hope to pursue and/or to explore a potential career field. A number of programs and services support both externships (job shadowing) and internships, including job/internship fairs in the fall and spring. Approximately 400 employers from a variety of fields annually visit the Grounds to meet students who may be invited to work for their organizations. Additionally, UCS is able to provide a limited number of grants each year to students who secure unpaid, public service internships as the result of generous sponsorship by the U.Va. Parents Committee. Each semester a variety of alumni and employer panels provide a unique opportunity for students to learn about a variety of career fields such as: communications, government, consulting, environmental sciences, legal, research, health professions and other fields each semester.
As Students complete their academic programs and prepare to embark on the next phase of their future, some pursue graduate or professional schools, while others seek employment opportunities. UCS provides services and programs to support both. Students pursuing admission into graduate or professional schools often take advantage of the health, law, and graduate school advising services. Students pursuing employment after graduation participate in such programs as On-Grounds Interviewing, Diversity Career Day, the Spring Job and Internship Fair, Government and Nonprofit Career Expo, and other career fair programs, as well as online job posting services. They also attend numerous workshops covering topics from writing professional resumes to conducting effective job and graduate school interviews.
Information about all UCS programs and services for University of Virginia students is available on the UCS Web site along with a calendar of upcoming panels, programs, and workshops. This site also connects students to worldwide career and job search information and employment listings, graduate school databases, and the affiliate career services offices supported by the McIntire School of Commerce, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Curry School of Education, the School of Architecture, and the U.Va. Alumni Association. www.career.virginia.edu
Harrison Bowne “Tersh” Smith, Jr. Memorial Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
The Center provides a broad and comprehensive range of services including psychological and psychiatric assessment, referral, short-term individual psychotherapy, psychiatric medication treatment, group psychotherapy, emergency walk-in hours, 24-hour on-call crisis intervention, and consultation to administration, faculty, students, and families. Consultation and treatment are also provided to students concerned about their use of alcohol/other drugs, or who are affected by another’s substance abuse. Additionally CAPS is actively involved in providing psychoeducational programming and outreach to faculty and student organizations. For an appointment call the Center from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. at (434) 243-5150. Urgent walk-in hours are Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For after-hours emergency assistance call (434) 972-7004.
Within the Center, a Substance Abuse Clinician provides consultation and appropriate treatment to students concerned about their use of alcohol/other drugs, or who are affected by another’s substance abuse .
As with all other clinical services at Student Health, CAPS services are confidential. For additional information call the Elson Health Center (434) 243-5150
Learning Needs and Evaluation Center (LNEC)
The Learning Needs and Evaluation Center (LNEC) determines eligibility for and facilitates implementation of academic accommodations for students with disabilities. Accommodation services include alternate text formats, extended time for exams, interpreters for Deaf/HH students, and peer notetaking. Students who are eligible to use Student Health services may also seek screening for previously undiagnosed learning and attention disorders. Additional information is available at the LNEC website: http://www.virginia.edu/studenthealth/lnec.html or by calling the LNEC at (434) 243-5180.
The Lorna Sundberg International Center
Founded in 1972, the International Center (IC) provides a comfortable environment for the sharing of cultures. As part of the International Studies Office, the IC helps support the University’s broader global education initiatives. The IC offers programs and services to enhance the experience of U.Va.’s international students, scholars, faculty and families; and opportunities for intercultural enrichment for members of the University and the local community. Specific programs and services include the following: social and cultural programs, English language programs, cooking classes, meeting and reception space and short-term lodgings. For more information, see the IC’s website: http://www.virginia.edu/iso/ic/
Ombudsman Services-Grievance Procedures
University Ombudsman (Washington Hall, East Range; (434) 924-7819; www.virginia.edu/eop/ombudsman). The ombudsman is a confidential resource available to assist students with unresolved problems or complaints. The Ombudsman assists in identifying university resources or departments that address specific problems or concerns; explains University policies or procedures; and aids in resolving problems or complaints through inquiries or other informal means. The goal of the Ombudsman is to see that all members of the University are treated fairly.
Students with Disabilities
The Learning Needs and Evaluation Center (LNEC) provides a range of services to students with disabilities. Such disabilities may include, but are not limited to, vision, hearing, or mobility impairments, or impairment related to a learning, attentional or psychiatric disorders. The LNEC coordinates disability accommodations which may include alternate text formats for course material, peer note-taking, extended time for tests, sign language and other interpreting, and housing arrangements. Preliminary evaluation of academic difficulties and other services are also available to students who pay Student Health fees. Students with disabilities must submit appropriate documentation to the LNEC in support of a request for accommodations. All accommodation requests must be submitted in a timely manner, usually at or before the beginning of each semester. Specific deadlines for certain types of accommodation requests are posted on the LNEC’s web site each term; however, every request is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. For requests involving on-Grounds housing, appropriate deadlines within the Housing office should also be met.
Please visit the LNEC website for full details about policies and services available: http://www.virginia.edu/studenthealth/lnec.html. To contact the LNEC, call (434) 243-5181 (voice),(434) 243-5189 (TTY), or fax at (434) 243-5188. The LNEC is located at the Elson Student Health Center, 400 Brandon Avenue, P.O. Box 800760, Charlottesville, VA 22908-0760.
The Consumer Information Officer (CIO)
The CIO assists students or prospective students in obtaining information about the financial aid programs available to students who enroll, the rights and responsibilities of students receiving financial aid, the cost of attending the University, the refund policy currently in effect, the academic program of the University, student retention data, student program completion data, and student-right-to-know information (if available). To contact the C.I.O., write George A. Stovall, Director, Institutional Studies, P. O. Box 400727, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4727 or call (434) 924-3417. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Independent non-profit agency that serves as the Student Volunteer Center at the University. During the summer months, a limited and informal volunteer program is available. Students select the service opportunity that best suits their time and talents from a listing of summer volunteer openings at participating community agencies. For additional information call (434) 977-7051 or visit www.madisonhouse.org
Student Legal Services Program
Student Legal Services provides low-cost, confidential legal assistance to University of Virginia students. The office provides legal help on a wide variety of legal matters, including representation in Charlottesville/Albemarle area courts. No fee is charged for consultations. All fees are minimal. For additional information call (434) 924-7524 or visit www.student.virginia.edu/ ~stud-leg.