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Information and resources related to Fall 2020 Return to Grounds are now available at https://returntogrounds.virginia.edu.

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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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Along with their great convenience, e-scooters pose new safety risks on Grounds. The University is committed to the safety and well-being of pedestrians, people with disabilities, bicyclists, and other users of the public rights-of-way in and around University Grounds, including the Medical Center. It's important to review the rules of the road for riding and parking on Grounds. Dean Groves shows you how to ride.

Safe and respectful riding

UVA’s official policy

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UVA Emergency Management (EM) has wrapped up another season of providing spectator safety and security support for all home football games. With the help of a new state-of-the-art event management software platform used for the first time this year, EM helped plan and coordinate the combined efforts of police and public safety departments from the University, Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and the State of Virginia. Due to their crowd size, UVA home games offer a golden opportunity for state and local resources to manage large-scale non-emergency events in real time, while remaining ready to rapidly respond to small or large-scale emergency situations if needed.  Home games attract anywhere from 30,000-50,000 fans to Scott Stadium, making them the single largest gathering of people on Grounds.

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An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device used to administer an electric shock to the heart and restore its normal rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest. UVA Emergency Management is replacing 225 strategically placed AEDs across Grounds with new ones. Unlike the traditional red-colored cases, the new AEDs cases are colored lime green.

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Muki, the 10-year-old Belgian Malinois who served as the University Police Department’s explosive-detection canine for eight years, was recognized at a reception in the Rotunda in April. UVA Police Chief Tommye Sutton highlighted Muki’s career in the Department’s K-9 program. Chief Sutton presented Muki and his handler, Officer Audrell Ragland, with a plaque honoring Muki’s career and the years he worked to keep our community safe. Highly trained and using powers beyond the capability of humans, Muki’s job was to sweep athletic and concert venues, such as Scott Stadium and John Paul Jones Arena, by sniffing for explosives.

 

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