Office of the Dean of Students
The Office of the Dean of Students works to create a living and learning environment in which students can maximize their academic potential. Our goal, consistent with the University's mission, is to support student learning and interpersonal growth that creates engaged citizen leaders. With professional staff located on the second floor of Peabody Hall, throughout Newcomb Hall and in Gibbons House, students will find a team that is available to assist in navigating and developing a unique student experience grounded in the history and traditions of one of the finest higher education institutions in the world.
The Office of the Dean of Students provides 24-hour crisis management and incident response services to University students. The dean on call may be reached by contacting the central office at (434) 924-7133 or, after hours, by contacting the University Police Department at (434) 924-7166 and asking for the dean on call.
You may report an incident involving an act you believe to be motivated by bias using the Just Report It system maintained by the Office of the Dean of Students. You will be contacted by a dean within 24 hours of your report unless you elect to remain anonymous. Please note that an anonymous report may limit the University's ability to fully respond to the alleged act of bias.
The Office of the Dean of Students manages a broad portfolio of spaces for student meetings, social events, and other activities. Spaces may be reserved through Event Planning Services.
UVA this month introduced four new and expanded student centers in Newcomb Hall. Since the opening, some questions have been raised regarding the scope or inclusivity of these centers and their missions.
The University provided the following statement on Feb. 12 to address these questions:
“Earlier this month the University announced the relocation and expansion of its Multicultural Student Center as part of an effort to offer a variety of spaces that embrace and support the diversity of this institution. These new spaces also included an expanded LGBTQ Center, as well as new Latinx-focused and Interfaith Centers. As UVA President Jim Ryan said at the opening of these centers, ‘I believe deeply that we need to build a community that is not just diverse, but also inclusive.’ In order to foster the diversity of experience and ideas that make UVA a great and good place to study and work, these centers are open to all members of the University community. They complement existing student-focused spaces such as the 1515 Building on the Corner, opened in March 2017, and Ern Commons in the Alderman Road residential area, opened in March 2012.”
Works to provide comprehensive support services and programs to create equitable educational opportunities for all students across grounds.
Fraternity & Sorority Life enables students to shape organizations that promote the principles of scholarship, leadership, diversity, service and honor.
Multicultural Student Services (MSS) aims to promote inclusion and engagement for historically underrepresented students.
Orientation & New Student Programs helps first-year and incoming transfer students successfully adjust to academic and social life at the University.
UVA Public Service is designed to connect students, faculty, and community partners to social entrepreneurship, community engagement, and co–curricular service opportunities.
Access a variety of resources for student organizations including the Student Activities Center and general support for events and programs.
Facilitates a safe environment for students to live and study. Supports programs and resources for first generation and low income students.