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About the Office of the Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students is a team of dedicated professional and support staff available to assist students 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. UVA's unique system of student self-governance, through which students are encouraged and empowered to play a meaningful role in decisions impacting the community, sits at the core of all that we do in ODOS.

The Office of the Dean of Students is part of the
Office of the Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer.


Peabody Hall / Second Floor
Tel: 434.924.7133 · Directions to Peabody Hall.

The University of Virginia’s Commitment to an Inclusive and Welcoming Community for All

A community of individuals from diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences stands with ethics, integrity, and academic excellence as a cornerstone of University culture. The University promotes an inclusive and welcoming environment that embraces the full spectrum of human attributes, perspectives, and disciplines. When people of different backgrounds come together, they exchange ideas, question assumptions (including their own), and broaden the horizons for us all. A University of Virginia community rich in diversity affords every member equal respect – and provides a forum for understanding our differences as well as our commonalities.

ODOS Teams

Inclusion & Service

The Inclusion & Service team guides important work in creating a welcoming community for all students. Priority is given to the development of training programs and opportunities for expanded collaboration, with a pan-University focus on creating an inclusive environment reflective of a diverse community. The team also focuses on expanding public service as a core aspect of a student's educational experience and development as a future citizen leader. These efforts include providing opportunities to build meaningful bridges between students and the Charlottesville/Albemarle community while also enhancing experiential learning. 

Associated Units and Areas:

Involvement & Space (Newcomb Centers & Services)

The Involvement & Space team provides leadership in: (1) guiding and mentoring student organizations in maximizing engagement opportunities, understanding the spirit and basis of the relevant University policies, and achieving success in their associational goals; and (2) creating a rich and comprehensive portfolio of student spaces and associated resources that offer an array of mixed uses in locations easily accessible to a diverse body of students.

The Office of the Dean of Students offers a broad array of student focused activity and meeting space conveniently located at various points on and adjacent to Grounds. These include:

  • Newcomb Hall (Student Union)
  • 1515 Building (Corner District)
  • Ern Commons (Alderman Road first year residential community)
  • Student Activities Building (adjacent to Scott Stadium, across from Gooch-Dillard first year residential community)
  • Lambeth Commons (Lambeth upperclass community)
  • Runk Green Room (adjacent to Runk dining hall)
  • O-Hill Forum (adjacent to O-Hill dining hall)

Associated Units of Newcomb Centers & Services:

Safety & Access

The Safety & Access team focuses on creating and supporting a safe environment in which students live and study. Key responsibilities of this team include coordination of the Dean-on-Call crisis and incident response program, processing study abroad and disciplinary clearances, prevention programming for sexual assault and hazing, and responding to criminal arrest disclosures. The team also facilitates a variety of programs and resources for first generation and low-income students.

Associated Units and Areas:

Transition & Community (Housing & Residence Life)

The Transition & Community team provides leadership in three key areas: (1) transition of first year and transfer students into life at UVA; (2) building connected and engaged residential communities; and (3) creating vibrant residential colleges. The team also works to create opportunities for student-faculty engagement in residence halls, while facilitating an atmosphere that is welcoming to all students and offers an introduction to the core value of self-governance.

Associated Units and Areas:

Residential Colleges