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General Support for Students

What can I do if I find myself in an uncomfortable situation with no reliable or safe means of transportation and no money for cab fare?

The Charge-a-Ride Program provides taxi service within the Charlottesville area to UVA students who find themselves in uncomfortable situations with no reliable or safe means of transportation and no money for cab fare. Students can call Yellow Cab (434.295.4131), show a UVA student ID, charge the ride to UVA, and pay via the Student Information System — no questions asked. The Charge-a-Ride Program is not to be used for out of town trips. Call 434.924.8805 if you have any questions about the program or the billing process (please note that your Charge-a-Ride Program privileges will be frozen if you owe more than $500 in charges).

Is there support for Graduate and Professional Students?

Under the direction of Associate Dean Aaron Laushway, we provide information, coordinate activities, and support graduate students and their organizations. Graduate and Professional Student Support 

Can I get Graduate School & Study Abroad Clearances?

Yes. We assist students who require disciplinary clearance reviews for transfer or matriculation as part of many graduate school and study abroad applications.

Are there Programs for Leadership Development?

Development of skills critical to being a true citizen leader sits at the core of all we do. Programs target students at three developmental levels: aspiring/emerging, engaging, and excelling/mentoring. Blueprint, Leadership 200x (L2K), and Merriweather Lewis Fellows are just three examples of the programs offered. Leadership Development Programs

Where can I go if I want to live Off-Grounds?

The Housing and Residence Life unit of ODOS provides education and advocacy regarding living off-Grounds. The University wants students to make good decisions regarding housing both on and off-Grounds. This includes assisting students to address many issues including: housing options, leases, tenant/land lord conflicts, University resources, and safety. Students are reminded that leases signed with landlords are private contracts to which the University is not a party. Off-Grounds Housing

As a Transfer Student, how can I get support acclimating to life at UVA?

From our office in Gibbons House, professional staff provide general support and one-on-one counseling to all undergraduate transfer students. Transfer Student Support

AccessUVA and First-Generation Student Support

What is AccessUVA and am I eligible?

Working with our colleagues in Student Financial Services, ODOS professional staff provide comprehensive support services, timely information and programs for all students participating in the Access UVA financial aid program. We also work to support the often unique needs of first-generation students in fully integrating into life as a UVA student. Access UVA and First-Generation Student Support

I'm a first-generation student. Are there programs to support me in integrating into life as a UVA student?

We work to support the often unique needs of first-generation students in fully integrating into life as a UVA student. Access UVA and First-Generation Student Support

Student Finances

Can I get help meeting small, short-term financial needs? What is the Honor Loan Fund?

This short-term loan is available through the Office of the Dean of Students for part-time and full-time undergraduate and graduate students. Students can borrow a maximum of $1,000 interest free. Contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (434) 924-7133 to learn more.

Fill out an Honor Loan application here.

Incident Reporting

How do I report sexual misconduct, hazing or bias complaints?

Just Report It Incident Reporting System. The University encourages prompt reporting of sexual misconduct, hazing and bias complaints so that it can investigate the alleged incident(s) for possible violation(s) of University policy, including the Standards of Conduct, and report the incident(s) to law enforcement as appropriate.