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2020 Census: Important Message from President Ryan and Dean Groves

March 30, 2020

President Ryan and I want to remind all of you who live off Grounds, even if you might be at your family’s permanent home or another temporary location right now, to complete the census using your Charlottesville address. If you lived on Grounds this academic term (even though you may have returned home now as a result of the University’s shift to online courses), you don’t need to do anything. The University will take care of counting those listed as living on Grounds this spring.

To be counted in Charlottesville using your off Grounds address:

  • Go to the online census form.
  • Only one person per apartment or house needs to complete the form. Agree ahead of time who will complete the form for the apartment.
  • Before starting the form, collect the needed information, such as full name and age, from each of your apartment-mates. If you can’t get everyone’s information, fill in as much as you can.
  • Your parents should not include you on their census form.
  • Running late? You can still submit the form after April 1.

The census is an important tool of our democracy. It’s used to determine funding for things like federal student loans, Pell Grants, highways, food stamps, and school lunch programs. It’s also used to determine public health priorities and where to send resources—something that’s especially important now because of the coronavirus.

Thank you for joining President Ryan and me in participating in the 2020 Census.


Allen W. Groves
University Dean of Students