The Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS) works with individual students, student organizations, families, and faculty members to provide information, advice, support, and advocacy in solving problems.
The University Dean of Students is located in Peabody Hall and oversees the following units located elsewhere on Grounds: Orientation & New Student Programs; Housing & Residence Life; Student Activities; Fraternity and Sorority Life; Multicultural Student Services; and several facilities, including Newcomb Hall and Ern Commons.
The Dean-on-Call program, providing 24/7 incident response, follow-up, and support for students, is managed out of Peabody Hall, as is the Parent Help Line. Parents may contact the Dean-on-Call after hours by calling the University Police at 434.924.7166.
ODOS staff support a broad range of student groups and organizations. Staff also work with the University's Title IX office to provide support services for any student who has been the victim of sexual or gender-based violence or students who may need the support of a dean for any reason.
Multicultural Student Support
A broad array of programming supports Asian and Asian Pacific American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American, and Middle Eastern/Arab students, a growing component of the student body. Peer Mentor Programs, for example, assist first-year and entering transfer students in these communities on their college transition.
ODOS staff also manage the Multicultural Student Center, a gathering space for students located on the lower level of Newcomb Hall.
Assistant Dean and Director Vicki Gist oversees this work.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Students
The LGBTQ Center at the University of Virginia supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students. The center, located on the lower level of Newcomb Hall, serves to raise both awareness and inclusion of sexual and gender minorities and to provide a safe, informal gathering space.
Assistant Director Scott Rheinheimer coordinates the University's support of LGBTQ students and student organizations.
As the hub for student activities at UVA, Newcomb Hall provides opportunities for social, intellectual, and recreational exploration in a comfortable, interactive environment. Undergraduate students frequently spend time at Newcomb, whether planning or attending an event, getting a bite to eat, or relaxing in one of the lounge areas.
In addition to meeting spaces, lounges, multiple dining facilities, a Starbucks coffee shop, a theater, a convenience store, and a game room, other student services at Newcomb include:
- Office of the Dean of Students units: Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Activities, and Multicultural Student Services
- Student Activities Center (SAC)
- Media Activities Center (MAC), and The Cavalier Daily office
- Student Council, Class Councils, Honor Committee, and University Judiciary Committee offices
- Information Center
- Event Ticket Office
- U.S. Post Office
- Bank of America full-service bank
- Wells Fargo ATM, second floor
Newcomb also is home to several major student programming organizations, including the Arts Board, the Cultural Programming Board, and the University Programs Council (UPC). The student-run UPC is responsible for providing the University and Charlottesville communities with exciting, diverse, and entertaining programs, and is a great way for students to get involved.
1515 on the Corner
In addition to Newcomb Hall, students will find an increasing number of spaces devoted to their use on the Grounds. The newest student space, 1515 on the Corner, opened in spring 2017. This three-story, 15,000-square-foot building features performance and rehearsal space, a game and lounge area, a gourmet dessert café, meeting rooms, and space for students to socialize and relax. The building is a natural extension of the University community, inclusive for all students, and alcohol-free. Open into the early morning hours when school is in session, 1515 has become a magnet for student life outside the classroom.
Transfer Student Peer Adviser Program
This program assists all incoming transfer students with integration into the University. Every year, approximately 45 students are selected to serve as Transfer Student Peer Advisers (TSPAs). Each adviser initiates contact with 14 to 18 transfer students during the summer and then serves as a primary resource and guide for these students as they enter the University. Associate Dean of Students Aaron Laushway coordinates programming and support for new transfer students.