UVA To Conduct 2021 Summer Sessions And Orientation Virtually

In a Spring 2021 Update to students, Provost Liz Magill and Chief Operating Officer JJ Davis announced details of UVA’s Summer 2021 plans.

According to the email, undergraduates who have paid full tuition and taken a total of no more than 33 credits in the fall, January, and spring terms of this academic year can enroll in a summer course in Summer Session I at zero additional cost.

The course list was released on Mar. 26 and students can begin to enroll the week of Apr. 12 corresponding with their enrollment appointment. Appointment times will be released on Apr 2. 

Students can make changes to this enrollment until the drop deadline, and switch between the normal and COVID Credit/General Credit/No Credit grading options through the first day of class. For more information on summer classes, students are advised to visit the UVA site for summer courses.

All Summer Session courses will be taught online this year “due in part to uncertainty associated with predicting the virus several months away,” the email stated. 

Summer orientation beginning this July for incoming first-year and transfer students will also be conducted virtually, with an emphasis on course advising and registration. Additional online events will be available for new students to connect with their orientation leaders and peers.

From Mar. 26, fall classes will also be visible on SIS. During the week of May 7, students will be able to view their enrollment appointment. Enrollment will take place during the week of May 18. Students should meet with their advisors prior to enrolling in classes and direct any questions about fall or summer enrollment to ureg@virginia.edu.

The email added that the planning process for the Class of 2021’s Final Exercises is underway in response to Gov. Ralph Northam’s executive order raising attendance limits for graduation events.

Regarding testing, the Asymptomatic COVID Testing Clinic will move from the UVA Health Education Resource Center to the Student Activities Building on Mar. 29.

The Blue Ridge Health District Vaccine also provided an update that the Virginia Department will soon allow members of group 1C to be vaccinated. This group includes higher education faculty and staff. Individuals who have not yet pre-registered to receive their vaccination are urged to do so at the Vaccinate Virginia website.

“We want to commend members of this community for continuing to keep cases of COVID-19 low,” read the email. Readers were also advised to follow “all University public health guidelines closely”.

The Spring 2021 Update concluded with optimism for “an in-person residential and educational experience next fall”. More details are to follow this week on what the community can expect.


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