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Dean of Students

As a part of the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS) works with individual students, student organizations, families, and faculty members to provide information, advice, and assistance in addressing student concerns; responds to incidents involving students; and supports the overall student experience.

The main office is located in Peabody Hall and includes the following units located elsewhere on Grounds: Orientation & New Student Programs; Housing & Residence Life; Student Engagement; Fraternity and Sorority Life; Multicultural Student Services; and several student activity spaces, including Newcomb Hall, 1515 student center on the Corner, Ern Commons, the Student Activities Building, Runk Green Room, and others.

Associate/assistant deans provide incident response support for students in a variety of behavioral and mental health contexts and also engage in general advising and troubleshooting of student issues and needs.

The Dean-on-Call program, providing 24/7 support for students and incident response within the University community, is managed from 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. See Key Contacts for other key phone numbers and email addresses.

The Peabody Hall office collaborates with the Title IX office in providing support services for students involved with reports of sexual and gender-based violence. ODOS deans also lead prevention initiatives as well as investigation and follow-up on reports of bias and hazing. See the Just Report It website.

Multicultural Student Support

Staff in this area provide outreach and advising to identified populations, including Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi-American students; Hispanic/Latinx students; Native American/Indigenous students; Middle Eastern/North African students; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students (including oversight of the LGBTQ Center). The staff also oversee the Multicultural Student Center, a gathering space for students, which will be expanded and relocated to the second floor of Newcomb Hall. The newly renovated space is expected to open in fall 2019.

Housing & Residence Life

Jointly managed by the Office of the Dean of Students and University Business Operations, this unit provides services and programmatic direction for all on-Grounds residential students (undergraduate and graduate), faculty, staff, and conference guests. With more than 2 million square feet of residential space, HRL strives to create inclusive environments that support the academic, cultural, and social goals of the University. Specific living and learning programs include language immersion houses, three residential colleges, a comprehensive first-year experience, and specialized programming for second-year students and transfer students.

HRL prides itself on maintaining a residential program firmly rooted in the spirit of student self-governance, with Resident Staff members serving as peer leaders and a support resource for their fellow students. Learn more about Resident Staff and Housing & Residence Life.

Student Engagement

This unit provides students with a variety of involvement opportunities that support self-governance, promote leadership development skills, cultivate community, and encourage fun. Student Engagement supports nearly 700 student organizations, including Student Council, University Programs Council, and University Board of Elections.

Student Engagement also supports Blueprint Leadership Program, an emerging leaders program geared toward first- and second-year students and transfer students, and Women’s Leadership Development Program, designed to encourage undergraduate women who demonstrate great potential to explore the wide range of leadership opportunities available to them at UVA.

Opportunities to engage in student life abound at the University. For highlights, see Citizen Leadership and Student Organizations and Activities.

Fraternity and Sorority Life

Staff members work closely with the four independent Greek governing councils and their respective chapters, as well as alumni/ae and general headquarters staff. Many of these private organizations own and operate residential houses near the University.

FSL was founded in 2001 by an initiative of the Board of Visitors to educate and support students in recognized chapters by promoting principles of scholarship, leadership, service, diversity, and honor.

More information about the Fraternity and Sorority Community.

Orientation & New Student Programs

Team members in this unit work with other University departments to implement Summer Orientation and Fall "Wahoo Welcome" for first-year and new transfer students. ONSP also coordinates other programs, events, and services throughout the academic year, including Family Weekend, and Project SERVE, a community service program that introduces new students to service opportunities in Charlottesville.

Newcomb Hall

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, and a convenience store, other student services at Newcomb include:

  • Office of the Dean of Students units: Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Engagement, and Multicultural Student Services
  • Multicultural Student Center, LGBTQ Center, and gathering space for Latinx students
  • The Cavalier Daily office
  • Student Council, Class Councils, Honor Committee, and University Judiciary Committee offices, and home for the University Programs Council, Arts Board, and the Cultural Programming Board
  • Information Center
  • Event Ticket Office
  • U.S. Post Office
  • Bank of America full-service bank
  • Wells Fargo ATM, second floor

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.

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