Return to Grounds

August 25, 2020
COVID-19 Illustration

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has altered the standard operations of the School of Data Science.

The School of Data Science prides itself in being a strong and connected community where we support each other, and we remain dedicated to prioritizing the health of students, staff, faculty, and the Charlottesville community above all else. We are constantly reviewing the data and using it to make the best informed decisions that we can. The following guidelines and resources are all in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect the community.

We ask that you continually refer to the Return to Grounds webpage for University-wide announcements and updates. It is your best source of up-to-date information.

Return to Grounds

School of Data Science Updates

  • For the safety of all in our community, all formal courses for the School of Data Science will be offered in an online synchronous format with online asynchronous components to maximize the learning experience.

  • Information for International Students: International Students and Scholars Program

  • School of Data Science Employee Policy Statement - PDF AVAILABLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE

  •  School of Data Science Student Policy Statement - PDF AVAILABLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE

  • School of Data Science COVID Notification Procedures Document-  PDF AVAILABLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE

  • In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, UVA has set in place a COVID-19 Prevention, Detection, and Response Plan, which can be viewed here.

  • Dean Philip Bourne, along with the entire SDS faculty and staff, remain connected and committed to supporting students during this challenging time. Please reach out to any of us via email ( and we can set up a Zoom call to communicate.

  • For those who wish to provide financial assistance to help students cover unanticipated travel costs, technology for online learning, and expenses incurred because of the coronavirus, the University’s giving page,, has been updated to provide additional information, and there is a button (“Support Students”) that will take you directly to the appropriate page. Thank you for your interest in the students. 

  • Dean's Blog: Data Science Meets COVID-19 (May, 2020) & Our School During the Pandemic (April, 2020)

University Wide Messages & Policies


Spring 2021 Academic Calendar

University FAQs

UVA COVID-19 Prevention, Protection, and Response Plan

Message from Dean of Students: Dean Groves

UVA Policy - Face Coverings

Resources for Faculty, Staff, and Students


UVA Resources

Research Resources 

External Resources