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The University's spring semester test of its Emergency Notification System sent more than 140k emails and 42k texts, as well as notifications to @UVA_EM and @UVAPolice, digital screens across Grounds, desktop popups, and the Siren and Public Address System. Did you get a text? If not, update your UVA Alerts account. Students and employees can add mobile numbers and emails for family members or friends.

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Before the first flake falls, a team of University officials closely monitors developing weather conditions. Although many of UVA's services are currently delivered remotely and many employees work off-site, the team is working as usual this winter to determine when changes to operations on the Grounds are necessary.

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The University provides many resources to empower students to take responsibility for their own safety. From late night transportation; to confidential tools to report crimes, harassment, or intimidation; to training classes in fire safety and self defense, UVA helps students look out for themselves and each other.

The University does not take disciplinary action against students who help others get medical attention for emergencies like alcohol poisoning or drug overdose. For signs of alcohol poisoning and other safety tips read the new student safety guide.

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Many students, faculty, staff, and members of the community want to exercise their freedom of expression regarding current events at rallies and demonstrations. Although many of these events are safe, crowds can be targets for violence or create opportunity for violence. The following tips are offered for personal awareness and not to discourage participation. 

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The University of Virginia has invested in personal protective equipment, purchased from local vendors, to distribute to students, faculty and staff members as the University reopens.

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The universal use of cloth face coverings helps stop the spread of COVID-19. The state of Virginia requires anyone over the age of 10 to wear a face mask while inside a public building or business establishment. Face coverings help contain the wearer's respiratory droplets when she or he coughs, sneezes or even talks. 

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Vice President for Safety and Security and University Police Chief Timothy Longo joined local first reponders and health experts in the Live Town Hall sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Health District on May 8. The panel answered questions related to local COVID-19 cases and investigations, re-opening businesses, and other community questions. The full webinar is available.

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Classes offered during Summer Sessions I, II, and III have been moved to remote instruction.  All in-person summer programs through June 30 are cancelled. 

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In response to the spread of the coronavirus nationally and in Virginia, UVA is offering all classes online throughout the spring semester. Summer Session courses and programs starting prior to June 30th will also be offered remotely.

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The Thomas Jefferson Health District (TJHD) recently hosted a live COVID-19 Town Hall webinar to answer community questions about cases of Coronavirus in our health district, how contact investigations are handled, demographics in our area, and what to expect.  

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