2023-24 Student Handbook

The student handbook contains information regarding policies and procedures that govern student rights and responsibilities at UVA Wise.

All students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the contents of the Student Handbook. If questions arise, do not hesitate to contact the Dean of Students Office for clarification or assistance.

Dean of Students Office
Cantrell Hall – 1st Floor

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Student Code of Conduct

Student Organization Conduct Process

Student Responsibility

In this Student Handbook, you will find information regarding policies and procedures that govern student rights and responsibilities at UVA Wise. Please also consult the College Catalog for additional information regarding academic policies and regulations. This Handbook is published for the purpose of providing information about UVA Wise and its programs. Students are responsible for keeping themselves informed of current policies and procedures. It is the responsibility of all students to adhere to all rules, regulations and deadlines published in the Catalog and the Student Handbook, as well as to participate in all student outcomes assessment activities as deemed appropriate by UVA Wise.

The Student Handbook is subject to change. The most current version of the Student Handbook is available at https://www.uvawise.edu/students

Public Health & Student Responsibility

As a student at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, you are now a member of the UVA Wise community of trust and are afforded certain privileges that reflect that trust. With trust comes responsibility and the expectation that certain privileges and freedoms depend upon adherence to a set of standards that protect the rights of others within the community.

Students are expected to be committed to the health and safety of our campus community and are expected to abide by College and University of Virginia policies that require specific behaviors and practices to reduce the likelihood of transmitting infectious disease such as the COVID-19 virus. These measures may include but are not limited to wearing face coverings, maintaining some degree of distance from other people, limiting the size of gatherings, and personal hygiene measures (such as washing your hands, cleaning surfaces before and after use, etc.) designed to minimize the risk of virus transmission.

In addition to policies and procedures, students are expected to practice the following:

  • Staying home if you feel sick: If you experience COVID-19 symptoms, you are required to stay home and call the UVA Health Wise clinic immediately at 276-376-3475. The clinic will instruct you on required next steps. If you are experiencing a medical emergency (i.e. difficulty breathing), call 911.
  • Isolation: If you experience COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19, you may be required to isolate or quarantine. You are required to follow the Health Wise Clinic/Centers for Disease Control instructions regarding isolation.

Students who violate the policies, procedures and practices above put the College community at risk and may be charged through the Student Conduct System.

Table of Contents


Welcome to the UVA Wise community! As Dean of Students, it is my privilege to serve as an advocate for you. We are excited that you have chosen one of the nation’s top, public liberal arts colleges to pursue your higher education dream.

UVA Wise is dedicated to your journey and growth as a person. You will have opportunities to learn in and outside of the classroom. Here you will find 30+ clubs and organizations, a variety of student activities and intramural programs, a dynamic residence life experience, a number of student leadership opportunities, and much more to help complement your academic experience.

This handbook along with other UVA Wise publications serve as resources for you as you navigate your college experience. If you have questions, please ask. There are caring faculty and staff across campus ready to assist.

As you start this academic year, I encourage you to explore the ways that you can be a part of our campus community. Your college experience is what you make it, and your participation in the life of our campus helps to enrich our student body and make our community stronger. Look for ways to engage and serve your fellow students and our community. We are glad you are here!

Candice Stadler, Ed.D., Dean of Students
Cantrell Hall – 1st floor, Student Affairs Suite

It brings me immense joy to extend a warm welcome to you at UVA Wise! As the President of the Student Government Association, I am honored to represent and support the incredible students and faculty on this campus. Our SGA comprises more than 25 dedicated students who are passionate about leadership and committed to driving positive change for our college community. The SGA team achieves a many of goals throughout the year, but our overarching objective is fostering a sense of unity among students.

To familiarize yourself with the purpose of the SGA, upcoming events we host, your elected SGA representative, and an interactive platform for sharing opinions and suggestions, I invite you to visit our webpage at www.uvawise.edu/sga. There, you will find a wealth of information that will enable you to engage more deeply with the SGA and contribute to the betterment of our campus.

At UVA Wise, the possibilities are endless, and I encourage you to make the most of the opportunities available to you. Whether you are interested in joining student organizations and clubs, participating in service projects, pursuing an internship, exploring Greek Life, or competing in intramural team sports, there is something here for everyone. I encourage each of you to seize these opportunities to grow personally and academically and become an integral part of our vibrant campus community.

Most importantly, I want to emphasize that the SGA exists to serve and support you. Do not hesitate to drop by the 3rd floor of the Slemp Student Center or, better yet, join us for our weekly Friday meetings at 1 p.m. on the 5th floor of the Slemp Student Center. Rest assured that the SGA is wholeheartedly dedicated to being there for you every step of the way during your time at UVA Wise. We sincerely hope that this year brings you an abundance of triumphs and accomplishments, making it an extraordinary chapter in your life.

C. Logan Smith Student Government Association President

About the College

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, formerly Clinch Valley College of the University of Virginia, is the only four-year, state-supported college in far southwestern Virginia and is a division of the University of Virginia.

Situated on 396 acres in Wise County, UVA Wise is an incredible example of the determination and perseverance of southwestern Virginia citizens. Before the College was created, there were no public colleges in Virginia west of Radford. Higher education was simply out of reach for most residents of Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains.

When local residents Fred B. Greear, William A. Thompson, Kenneth P. Asbury, affectionately known as the “Three Wise Men,” and others made their case to University of Virginia President Colgate Darden for establishing a college in Wise, the Commonwealth of Virginia supported the cause by offering $5,000 to open, staff, and operate the two-year school for the first year. Local supporters donated over $6,000 to furnish and equip the classrooms. Wise County donated property and two sandstone buildings, remnants of the county poor farm, to house the first classes. All of these events happened in the winter of 1954. In September of that same year, Clinch Valley College opened its doors to 100 freshmen.

Many of the first classes of graduates went on to the University and other senior institutions and became some of the region’s most successful professionals. As more graduates of the two-year college expressed their preference to stay closer to home to complete their baccalaureate degrees, the College began the process to become a senior institution. The College first granted Bachelor of Arts degrees in June 1970. Bachelor of Science degrees were first awarded in 1973. Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees were first awarded in 1996. From 1954 to 2016, the College has awarded 13,851 degrees and certificates.

One of the most significant events in the College’s history was the adoption of a new name. On July 1, 1999, following passage of legislation by the Virginia General Assembly, Clinch Valley College became The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

The small College - once nicknamed “Poor Farm University” - is now a vibrant undergraduate institution. UVA Wise is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) and recognized as a College of Distinction. In recent years, the College has experienced an expansive building program, the creation of new academic majors, and the recruitment of the next generation of talented faculty and staff.

The liberal arts foundation emphasized at UVA Wise prepares students for professional careers, graduate study, and lifelong learning. The College’s liberal arts foundation promotes the thoughtful development of the ideas, insights, values, competencies and behavior of an educated person. Small classes taught by faculty who focus on teaching excellence, creative and scholarly activities, and community service characterize its student-centered learning environment. Campus life provides a rich variety of cultural activities that broaden students’ perspectives on the world and its evolving global society.

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate and master's degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

Institutional Mission

Through excellence in teaching, personalized attention and commitment to individual growth, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise prepares students to be engaged citizens. Drawing upon its foundation as a public liberal arts institution in the Appalachian region of Virginia, the College strives to build a diverse community of learners with the drive to serve and lead in their communities, the nation, and the world.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate and master's degrees. Questions about the accreditation of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling 404-679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website.

Campus Resources

Academic Calendar

Visit www.uvawise.edu/events/academic to view the most-current, full academic calendar.

Academic Success Center

Academic Success Center (ASC): Situated on the library's second floor within the 24-hour section, the ASC provides three essential services to students at no cost. For further information, contact the Academic Success Center.

Tutor Connection: This service provides complimentary tutoring in most general education courses, either in-person or online, via Zoom or FaceTime. Our tutors, recommended and trained by faculty, incorporate study tips, active learning strategies, and test preparation into their sessions. Students can sign up to arrange individual or group tutoring appointments.

Tutor.com Online Tutoring: UVA Wise students have 24/7 access to online tutoring services offered free of charge via Tutor.com. This platform is particularly beneficial for those seeking assistance in major-specific courses. It also features GRE and MCAT practice tests. Students can access Tutor.com through Canvas.

Academic Coaching: The ASC also offers academic coaching for students who require help with time management, study skills, or general study assistance. Students can work with a member of our student staff for support. To utilize academic coaching, requests can be made directly through the WC Online tutoring website or by contacting Jeremy or William at the emails above.


UVA Wise offers every student an opportunity to engage in sports as both a participant and a spectator for the Highland Cavaliers as an NCAA Division II school competing in the South Atlantic Conference (SAC). UVA Wise sponsors the following sports:

Women's: basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, softball, tennis, track & field, and volleyball

Men's: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, track & field and tennis

Students and employees with a valid Cavs Card ID are admitted without charge to all home athletic events, excluding post-season tournaments. Go Cavs!


The UVA Wise Bookstore is a College-owned and operated non-profit organization focused on support and enhancement of the College’s educational mission.  It provides new and used textbooks for purchase, with many titles available to rent.

The Bookstore is the official retail outlet for all student needs, offering school and office supplies; a great selection of officially-licensed collegiate apparel; graduation items (diploma frames and graduation announcements); campus print cards; convenience items such a drinks, snack and toiletries; and limited iPhone and Android accessories.  Visit their online store at www.uvawisebookstore.com.

The Bookstore accepts cash, personal checks, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Cavs Card, and Student Charge (deadlines apply) as forms of payment.  The Bookstore is open weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Slemp Student Center, as well as select times during athletic or other special campus events.

C. Bascom Slemp Student Center (SSC)

The C. Bascom Slemp Student Center bridges the upper campus and lower campus and serves as the campus living room. The SSC is the hub of student activity on campus and provides the following programs with offices on the 3rd floor:

Conferences & Events offers a variety of facilities and accommodations to host events on campus including birthday parties, bridal/baby showers, weddings, receptions, and other special events. In the summer months, Conferences and Events coordinate overnight camps/groups using residence halls and recreational spaces.

Student Recreation includes Intramurals and Outdoor Recreation. Student Recreation offers students a wide range of social and recreational opportunities, boasting more than 10,000 annual participants in their programs. Events calendars are distributed via email and social media.


A National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) member, UVA Wise offers one of the best small college intramural programs in the country with facilities which include lighted recreational fields; football, sand volleyball and a new outdoor basketball/pickleball court, as well as Greear Gymnasium and Greear Pool.  Seasonal and single day events are open to all students and fill the campus calendar with a variety of traditional and nontraditional sports competitions including outdoor & indoor soccer, indoor & sand volleyball, flag football, indoor and outdoor basketball, spikeball, dodgeball, wallyball, kickball, floor hockey, archery tag, pickleball, gaming tournaments, billiards, table tennis, corn hole, disc golf, racquetball, swim meets, badminton, fantasy sports, and much more.

Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Recreation takes advantage of the opportunities afforded by the natural surroundings of the Southwest Virginia mountains. Events include ski trips, white water adventures, skydiving jumps, professional sporting events, obstacle courses/fun runs, zip lining, and more. The program maintains camping and outdoor recreation equipment for students to use on their own weekend treks at no cost.

The SSC also houses the Bookstore, a game room, The Office of Student Engagement, a new gaming/esports room, Chick-fil-A, Campus Mail Services (Post Office & Cavs Card IDs), the Jefferson Lounge, and the Dogwood and Rhododendron Rooms (conference meeting facilities).

Campus Mail Services

Each student, residential or commuter, may register for a free campus mailbox number on the 4th floor of the Slemp Student Center. For more information, contact Mail Services at 276-328-0209. A campus mail address would be:

UVA Wise
1 College Avenue # _____
Wise VA 24293-4412

Campus Police

The UVA Wise Campus Police Department is a state certified Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) agency. It maintains a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week service to the College community. The Department consists of nine full-time sworn law enforcement officers who are responsible for the safety and security of all visitors, students, faculty, and staff, as well as a full range of public safety services including all crime reporting, investigations, medical and fire emergency response, and traffic control. The Department is responsible for the enforcement of all laws within the Commonwealth of Virginia, with special attention to the statutes regarding underage alcohol consumption and possession of controlled substances, and sex offenses.

UVA Wise officers have jurisdiction in all of Wise County and any location otherwise that the College owns or maintains. Each officer continually undergoes training with the DCJS to maintain state certification and professional skills. The Department also maintains an excellent working relationship with the Virginia State Police, Wise County's Sheriff's Office, and the Town of Wise Police Department. This includes, but is not limited to, the agencies assisting one another with criminal investigations, emergency response, and information sharing.

The Campus Police Department office is in Cantrell Hall and is open each weekday from 8 am-5 pm. Contact information includes:
Cantrell Hall Office 276-328-0190 or 276-328-COPS, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Online www.uvawise.edu/campuspolice

Patrolling Officer after hours, non-emergencies – 276-328-3756
all emergencies – 911

The Campus Police Department and its officers provide the campus community with a variety of services, including, but not limited to:

Campus Patrols

Officers provide patrols of campus grounds and facilities 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

Emergency Call Boxes

Emergency call boxes are located on campus, primarily in parking lots, and may be activated by pushing a button. The activated call box will automatically notify Campus Police. The caller should give the necessary emergency information to the officer and, if possible, remain at the call box until an officer arrives. Tampering with these units or making false emergency calls is strictly prohibited. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action and/or criminal charges.

Vehicles & Parking

All employee and student vehicles parked on campus must be registered with the Campus Police Department and display a valid parking decal. Decals are valid for one year (August 15 to August 15) and are available for purchase in the Campus Police Department. Vehicle Rules & Regulations are provided in a brochure at the time of registration and are available on the Campus Police website.

Career Discovery & Planning

Career Discovery & Planning (CDP) offers advising, programming, and information to students and alumni to help them transition in their college careers through post-graduation. One-on-one career counseling is available to individuals deciding their next step – choosing a major or career path, developing professional skills and materials, pursuing a variety of opportunities in work, experiential learning, advanced education, and scholarship.

In addition, the CDP provides a centralized system for students to find part-time and full-time jobs, seasonal employment, internships, fellowships, and networking events. On-campus recruitment, as well as informative career programs and events, are coordinated by the CDP in collaboration with partners across the UVA Wise campus and throughout our region.

You can reach the CDP by emailing careerdiscovery@uvawise.edu or by visiting the main office on the second floor of Smiddy Hall.

Cavs Card

The Cavs Card is the official UVA Wise student identification card. Cards are issued in the Post Office located on the 4th floor of the Slemp Student Center. Each card is $15.00 ($5 for new students at Orientation). Cavs Cards are automatically validated each semester in the Cashier's Office after students have paid their tuition and fees. Replacement cards are $15.00 each. Cavs Cards are non-transferable and expire when a student is no longer enrolled at the College.

Additionally, the Cavs Card serves as a library card, athletic pass, student center pass, meal card, campus debit card, laundry card, vending card, and door access in certain locations. The Cavs Card has two convenient campus systems, separate from campus meal plans, available for students and employees:

Declining Balance allows purchasing flexibility anywhere the Cavs Card is accepted on campus to make 'just like cash' campus purchases in the Bookstore, vending, post office, laundry rooms, and all campus dining and concession stand locations.

Dining Dollars added to the Cavs Card are funds that can only be used in all campus dining and concession stand locations.

Visit https://get.cbord.com/uvawise to check account balances, add declining balance or dining dollar funds to your card, and for other questions.

College Catalog

It is the official resource for all academic information and policies. It outlines information including, but not limited to, advising, courses, enrollment, semester calendars, and withdrawal. The College Catalog is available online.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center provides treatment to help currently enrolled UVA Wise students work through a variety of issues that may interfere with learning and personal development. These issues may include, but are not limited to: homesickness, stress, relationships, alcohol or drug use, grief/loss, anxiety, and depression.

All services provided through The Counseling Center are confidential and are offered at no out-of-pocket expense to students. The Counseling Center’s clinical staff have earned advanced degrees in mental health fields and are licensed/license eligible by the Virginia Board of Counseling. They are members of the American Counseling Association and the American College Counseling Association.

Counseling is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling 276-376-1005 or emailing counseling@uvawise.edu.  The Counseling Center offers rapid access hours to students for brief (15-20 minute) check-ins Mondays and Wednesdays from 1pm-1:45pm. No appointment is needed for rapid access check-ins. Counselors are on an on-call rotation for crisis situations and can be reached by Campus Police and Housing Staff 24/7.

Dean of Students Office

The mission of the Office of the Dean of Students is to provide services, programs and facilities which complement the academic experience and allow students to be successful and to excel at intellectual and personal development. This is accomplished by developing student’s leadership and life skills, through the development of a respect for and inclusion of all people, promoting a sense of campus community and college identity, being good stewards of our resources, advocating for the needs of students, creating a campus community where learning has no boundaries, developing an understanding of the importance of service and citizenship, transitioning and integrating new students into the life of the college, and holding students accountable for responsible and ethical behavior.

The Dean of Students is available on the lower level of Cantrell Hall, serves as the advisor to the Student Government Association, and provides oversight to: student conduct and residence life. Dean of Students team is committed to assisting students resolve issues that may interfere with their ability to be successful at UVA Wise.

Office Location: Cantrell Hall, 1st Floor
Phone: 276-328-0214

Dining Services

UVA Wise offers students, employees and visitors a variety of convenient campus dining and concession stand locations.

All residential students are required to purchase a meal plan. Meal plan options are also available to commuter students and employees. The Cavs Card ID serves as the meal plan card for all dining plans. All dining locations also offer cash and debit purchases.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is committed to operating with integrity and honor in full compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, as well as fostering an institutional wide culture which understands that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to the College’s mission and continued Inclusive Excellence efforts. The Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI) is located on the upper level of Cantrell Hall.

ODEI operates the Multicultural Center which aims to promote inclusion and engagement for historically underrepresented students. Some of the Center’s goals are to cultivate all to be equally empowered in their identity, provide culturally-relevant services, and build an understanding through dialogue. Please visit the Multicultural Center on the 3rd floor 24/7 side of the Library.

ODEI is also committed to providing education and awareness programs and initiatives for the campus community that includes but is not limited to: Title IX, VAWA, Clery Act, Safety, DEI and protected statuses.

Disability Services

Disability Services is available to all qualified individuals who are interested in receiving accommodations based on a disability. Students must contact the office and provide documentation. In compliance with Section 504 and ADA, as amended, UVA Wise provides services for students with disabilities to provide access to both facilities and educational programs. Contact disability@uvawise.edu for more information.

Information Technology

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) provides access to the UVA Wise campus network. Wireless network access is available in each residence hall, as well as specific areas across campus. There are also network ports available in publicly accessible areas of specific academic buildings across campus. This network & Internet access is through the College’s network security systems, so certain access restrictions may apply.


The MY.UVAWISE.EDU portal provides all members of the campus community with many helpful online features. Students can access course schedules, unofficial transcripts, grade reports, and course searches, as well as print their own enrollment verification forms by going to the Reports for Students link on the Student Tab. Additionally, the portal provides roommate information for on campus residents, financial information, events calendars, and a variety of links and other essential information. The Portal is linked from the bottom of College’s homepage (www.uvawise.edu) or may be accessed directly at https://my.uvawise.edu.

National Awards and Fellowships

The office of National Awards and Fellowships (NAF) assists students in finding and applying for funding for research, study abroad, foreign language learning, internships, leadership development, civic engagement, self-designed projects, or undergraduate and graduate studies. External sources of funding are available to pay for those types of experiences through internationally and nationally competitive awards, scholarships, and fellowships. Our mission is to use the application process to support students in their personal, social, intellectual, and professional development. Committed to fairness, equity, and accessibility, we will provide students with information, resources, and advising to guide them in self-reflection and goal articulation.

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Residence Life

The Office of Residence Life works collaboratively to provide a rich, meaningful, and inclusive environment through a variety of programming and leadership opportunities for all students at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

From incoming first year students to graduating seniors, we strive to engage and empower residents to be an active member in their residential community by participating in building area activities and events that support the colleges academic, cultural, and social goals. Residence Life Staff are trained to provide an intentional residential experience that encourages and fosters student success and reinforces the values of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise. UVA Wise residence halls strive to provide a safe, inclusive, and secure environment where all students can pursue their academic, co-curricular, and social goals in community living with one along.

RESIDENCE HALL GUIDELINES The 2023-2024 Housing Agreement, as well as the 2023-2024 Guide to Campus Living, outlines policies, terms and conditions for UVA Wise students who are residents of an on-campus housing facility. Students are responsible for reading and understanding the entire Housing Agreement available in the Housing Portal. Students’ signatures on the electronic Housing Application indicate agreement to abide by all terms and conditions.

THE RESIDENCE LIFE OFFICE is a department in the Student Affairs Division and is located in the Cantrell Hall Student Affairs Office Suite (1st Floor). The central office has offices for the Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Residence Life and The Student Affairs Office Manager.

THE CAVALIER TRAILS RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY consists of residential students living in McCraray, Culbertson and Still Halls. The Assistant Director for Residence Life for these buildings has an office in the 1st Floor of Still Hall.

THE HIGHLAND HILLS RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY consists of residential students living in Henson, Asbury, Thompson and Martha Randolph Halls. The Assistant Director for Residence Life for these buildings has an office in the 1st Floor of Henson Hall.

Main Office – Cantrell Hall, 1st Floor
Phone – 276-328-0114
Email: housing@uvawise.edu

Highland Hills Community – Henson Hall, 1st Floor
Phone – 276-376-4658

Cavalier Trails Community – Still Hall, 1st Floor
Phone – 276-328-3454

Smiddy’s Closet

Smiddy’s Closet is a resource of the Wesley Foundation and Office of Career Discovery & Planning that provides one complete professional outfit each year for students to put their best self forward in presentations and job interviews.

You can reach the Career Discovery & Planning office by emailing careerdiscovery@uvawise.edu or by visiting the main office on the second floor of Smiddy Hall.

Smiddy’s Cupboard

The College seeks opportunities to support students’ needs. Smiddy’s Cupboard is a campus food pantry that provides non-perishable food items, toiletries and school supplies each weekday (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) in the Division of Student Affairs on the first floor of Cantrell Hall. Smiddy’s Express is located in the Multicultural Center on the 3rd floor, 24/7 side, of the Library.

Spiritual and Religious Life

Spiritual life is supported in its various forms on campus. Students seeking to participate in spiritual/religious life may do so through joining a faith-based student organization, seeking out a local place of worship, and/or individual study/practice.

The Baptist Collegiate Ministries and Wesley Fellowship have buildings adjacent to campus where weekly programming is offered in addition to space for recreation, studying, or hanging out.

Student Engagement

The Office of Student Engagement (OSE) is dedicated to providing an inclusive community with opportunities for all students to grow through leadership, service and social experiences.  Through student engagement, students are equipped with the skills and tools to help them find community, support and personal growth while enhancing the academic mission.

First Year Programs The OSE coordinates new and first-year student initiatives and experiences. Those include an extended orientation experience, Expedition, as well as First Year Fridays.

Clubs & Organizations provide students with academic, political, service, Greek, social leadership, and fellowship opportunities. The Student Organization Handbook, included as an appendix in this document, provides students and advisors guidance for establishment of new organizations, management of current organizations, policies and procedures, available campus resources, and a directory of current organizations and their leadership contacts.

Student Activities enhance the educational experience through exposure to programs and activities that promote intellectual, cultural, social, recreational, and personal growth. The Student Activities Board (SAB), plans, promotes, and implements a variety of programs designed to meet the needs of a diverse student body through both contracted and ‘home-grown’ events such as movies, grocery bingo, laser tag, putt putt, free Fridays and more.

Peer Leadership The OSE offers a peer leadership program that supports students to grow and become inclusive leaders by providing diverse experiential learning opportunities. These opportunities create a sense of belonging and career readiness for all students.


METGo! provides campus and local transportation for students. Campus routes run continually throughout each day and requests can be made by calling 276-523-RIDE (7433) or downloading the METGo! app. Free rides are available throughout the Town of Wise and City of Norton.

The Dean of Students office coordinates shuttle service to and from Tri-Cities Airport (TRI) for various breaks throughout the year. Contact the Dean of Students office for more information at deanofstudents@uvawise.edu or 276-328-0214.

TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) provides academic assistance to students who qualify based on the following criteria: first generation, limited income, or disability. Services include individualized academic advising and course planning, early registration, educational workshops, financial literacy education, grant aid (scholarships), information on completing the FAFSA, assistance applying to graduate and professional school, and more. SSS at UVA Wise is funded by the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $338,972 and serves 190 students.

Please contact the office at (276) 328-0177 or sss-online@uvawise.edu for more information. SSS is located on the first floor of Zehmer Hall.

UVA Student & Employee Health Wise Clinic

The Health Wise Clinic is staffed by a full-time registered nurse and a family nurse practitioner made available through student fees. It has three exam rooms, a telemedicine room, and staff offices. In Cantrell Hall, it is open weekdays from 8 am–5 pm and walk-ins are welcome. Please bring insurance cards to every visit as well as a list of all medications being taken.

All students are required to have insurance coverage. A copy of the insurance card and a completed Pre-Entrance Health Form with medical history and immunization records must be on file in the Health Wise Clinic.

Wintson Ely Health & Wellness Center

The Winston Ely Health & Wellness Center offers a variety of health & wellness related programming and opportunities to help establish and maintain healthy lifestyles that will last beyond a student’s time in the classroom. UVA Wise Wellness offers something for everyone regardless of fitness level, including participation in group exercise classes such as R.I.P.P.E.D., POUND, and Power 30, taught by highly trained and certified instructors as well as state-of-the-art cardio and selectorized weight equipment in the Ely Center, including two new Peloton® bikes.

Additionally, the Ely Wellness Center houses free weight equipment and includes power stations, barbells, bumper plates, a Crossfit® style rig, dumbbells ranging from 5-100 pounds, and more. Recently, a functional fitness space was created on the first floor of the Ely Wellness Center and is equipped with barbells, plates, an Assault® Runner and Assault® bike, indoor tires, indoor sled, plyo boxes and turf.

Two racquetball courts are available for use for students to participate in a wide variety of events including racquetball and wallyball with all equipment provided free of charge. Greear Pool is also available for open swim during specified operating hours.

Information Email: wellness@uvawise.edu
Phone: 276-376-4514
Wellnes Website
Wellness Facebook (this is where we post any schedule updates, changes, classes, etc.)

Student Governance

Student Government Association

The SGA represents the student body in matters affecting student life and affairs of the College, promotes and supervises student organizations and activities, and promotes improvement of community conditions. All students enrolled for six or more semester hours are voting members of the SGA. The SGA constitution is available online at www.uvawise.edu/sga. SGA meetings are held each Friday at 1:00 pm in the SSC Dogwood Room and are open to the public.

Honor System

UVA Wise adopted an Honor System in 1956 under which all students pledge to cooperate in acting honestly and honorable. The Honor System is administered by an Honor Court composed of two representatives from each class. Upper-class representatives are elected by the student body each spring and freshman representatives are elected after the start of the fall semester. It is the job of the Honor Court to enforce the Honor System and to adjudicate violations. Additional information, including the Honor Court constitution is available online.

Residence Life Guidelines

The 2023-2024 Housing Agreement, as well as the Guide to Campus Living, outlines policies, terms and conditions for UVA Wise students who are residents of an on-campus housing facility. Students are responsible for reading and understanding the entire Housing Agreement available online at www.uvawise.edu/reslife. Students’ signatures on the electronic Housing Application indicate agreement to abide by all terms and conditions.

Student Code of Conduct

The UVA Wise Community Standards and Student Conduct System supports the premise that students are expected to act responsibly, as outlined in the Code of Conduct. The Community Standards and Student Conduct System is designed to encourage accountability while emphasizing the relationship between an individual’s choice and its impact. Additional information about the Community Standards and Student Conduct System.


Academic Grievance

Students who have a grievance, complaint, or appeal procedures relating to a faculty member, department chair, or member of the Academic Affairs staff should review the College Catalog.

Alcohol & Drugs

UVA Wise does not condone the illegal or otherwise irresponsible use of alcohol and other drugs. It is the responsibility of every member of the College community to know the risks associated with substance use and abuse. This responsibility obligates students and employees to know relevant College policies and federal, state and local laws and to conduct themselves in accordance with these laws and policies. To these ends, the College publishes the following information regarding College policies and sanctions; laws and penalties concerning substance use and abuse; health and behavioral risks of drug use; and resources for treatment and educational programming. UVA Wise is committed to providing an environment free of alcohol and drug abuse in support of the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act.

In compliance with the Drug Free Schools & Communities Act, UVA Wise publishes information regarding the College’s educational programs related to drug and alcohol abuse prevention; sanctions for violations of federal, state and local laws and College policy; a description of associated health risks; and available treatment programs and resources for UVA Wise students and employees. More information about these topics, as provided in the College’s annual notification to students and employees.

ALCOHOL The College hopes the Alcohol Policy will encourage students to make responsible decisions about the use of alcoholic beverages.  The policy is intended to promote safe, legal and healthy decisions related to alcohol and social interaction.  We recognize that our students are responsible adults and believe that students should behave in a manner that is not disruptive or endangering to themselves or others and is in compliance with state and local laws regarding the possession, consumption, sale, and delivery of alcohol.

UVA Wise does not encourage the use of alcoholic beverages and does not condone the illegal or otherwise irresponsible use of alcohol. In accordance with State and Federal law, the College prohibits the unlawful possession, sale, use or distribution of alcohol on College property or at College-sponsored functions. UVA Wise Campus Police has primary responsibility for the enforcement of State underage drinking laws.

All members of the College community are expected to know and act in accordance with Virginia State laws concerning the purchase, possession, consumption, sales and storage of alcoholic beverages. In this connection, members of the College community are reminded of the following:

  1. Any sale of an alcoholic beverage requires an ABC license.
  2. Alcoholic beverages are not to be given or sold to persons who are under the legal drinking age, which is 21 years of age.
  3. Alcoholic beverages are not to be given or sold to persons who are intoxicated.
  4. State law prohibits drinking in unlicensed public places; possession of an alcoholic beverage by a person under the legal drinking age; falsely representing one's age for the purpose of procuring alcohol; and purchasing an alcoholic beverage for a person who is under the legal drinking age. Violations of state alcohol laws are criminal misdemeanors punishable by fines of up to $2,500, imprisonment for up to 12 months, and suspension of driver's license.
  5. All persons on College property consuming or possessing alcohol must carry a valid driver’s license or state identification card, military identification card, or passport. In addition, students must carry their CAVS ID Card at all times.
  6. Being under the influence of any amount of alcohol while underage is considered a violation of the alcohol policy.
  7. Unsafe or irresponsible behavior is defined as actions that are harmful or potentially harmful to one’s self or others involving the use of alcohol. Unsafe behavior includes, but is not limited to, consuming through beer bongs, participating in or facilitating drinking games or progressive parties, taking shots of liquor, or consuming an excessive quantity in a short amount of time. Irresponsible behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use or attempted use of fraudulent identification in order to obtain alcohol or making alcohol available to underage drinkers.
  8. It shall be a violation of the alcohol policy to engage in an action while under the influence of alcohol that is disruptive to the community. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, vomiting in public, public urination, fighting, exhibiting disorderly conduct, damaging property, throwing bottles, blocking or lying across or otherwise preventing or interfering with access to or passage across an entryway or thoroughfare, or cursing or shouting at others.
  9. In the residence halls, alcohol is only allowed in the rooms of legal age residents in facilities that have not been designated alcohol-free.  It is the responsibility of those residents who are of age to ensure that underage drinking does not occur in their room or apartment.
  10. The use of alcoholic beverages as a prize in a contest, drawing, lottery, etc., is prohibited.
  11. The use of alcoholic beverages in games (e.g., quarters, drink-offs, “beer pong,” etc.) is prohibited.
  12. Only university-approved bartenders are permitted to distribute alcohol on campus, including alcohol from common-source containers.
  13. Except at events in a licensed facility providing a cash bar, no spirituous liquor or fortified wines may be served to undergraduates.
  14. Alcohol may not be brought in glass containers to BYOB events that require registration by submission of an Event Planning Form.
  15. The College recognizes the value of group-sponsored social events. Groups are permitted to hold open or closed (by invitation only or through the use of guest lists) social events. Groups or individual group members may be held accountable for underage possession, unsafe or irresponsible behavior and/or violations of the risk management policy that occur during a group-sponsored event.
  16. All club or organization events without alcohol require completion of the General Events Planning Form, and those events with alcohol require completion of the Alcohol Event Planning Form. The appropriate form must be submitted to the Office of Student Engagement at least seven (7) days prior to the event.  The event cannot move forward or be held until approval is granted. See the appropriate planning form for specifics.

Any member of the College community who violates state alcohol control laws is subject to prosecution. Whether or not criminal charges are brought, all students are subject to College discipline for any violation of state alcohol laws that occurs (i) on College-owned or leased property, or (ii) at College-sponsored or supervised functions, or (iii) under other circumstances involving a direct and substantial connection to the College. Any student found to have engaged in such conduct is subject to the entire range of sanctions, including suspension and expulsion.

UVA Wise assumes no responsibility for any liability incurred at any event not sponsored by the College where alcohol is served and/or sold. Students and recognized student organizations are always expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia and to assume full responsibility for their activities and events. See Student Conduct Sanctions in the Student Code of Conduct.

Areas of Emphasis

The Chancellor and his/her designee approve all public areas on the campus of The University of Virginia's College at Wise where alcoholic beverages may be provided.

  1. College funds may not be used for the illegal purchase of alcoholic beverages.
  2. Alcoholic beverages purchased with College funds may be used only in compliance with State law.
  3. Alcoholic beverages should not be served at any function or event sponsored by the College or held on College-owned or leased property without the permission of the Chancellor or his/her designee. Requests for permission must be made in advance to the Chancellor or his/her designee.
  4. Non-alcoholic beverages and food items should be present at the College-sponsored events where alcoholic beverages are served.
  5. Alcoholic beverages should not be mentioned in the advertising or publicizing of a College-sponsored event.
  6. Organizations serving alcohol at College-sponsored events should not permit the entry or exit of persons with beverage containers.
  7. Organizations must check for proper age identification of individuals attending events when alcohol is served. Organizations must submit an Alcohol Event Planning Form for approval at least seven (7) days before an event. The event cannot move forward or be held until approval is granted. See the appropriate planning form for specifics.
  8. A student may not let another person use his/her student ID for the purpose of obtaining an alcoholic beverage.
  9. Dining Services is the only organization eligible to obtain an ABC license for the purpose of selling alcoholic beverages on campus.
  10. Any organization, as well as its leadership, sponsoring an event at the College will be responsible for following all State laws relative to the serving and/or selling of alcoholic beverages.
  11. Members of the College community living on property owned or leased by the College, and their invited guests, who are lawfully permitted to purchase, possess and consume alcohol, may do so in the residence or on any immediately adjacent area devoted to residential use. They should not do so, however, in public places or in any area owned by the College which is devoted to common use. Public areas include, but are not limited to, hallways, lounges, patios or parking lots. The presence of underage family members, employees or guests does not preclude the serving of alcohol in College-owned or leased housing provided an appropriate of-age family member and/or host is willing to assume the legal responsibility for insuring compliance with state law.
  12. The possession of kegs, pony kegs, beer bongs, or any common source container is prohibited in College-owned residence facilities or at College organization events.
  13. Possession of alcohol is prohibited in residence facilities where none of the permanent residents are of legal drinking age.
  14. Intoxication is strictly prohibited.

DRUGS Policies Regarding Possession, Use, and Distribution of Controlled Substances UVA Wise expects all students to abide by state and federal laws pertaining to possession, use and/or distribution of controlled and illicit substances. The policy applies to students, faculty, staff, and visitors on College-owned or leased property, College-sponsored or supervised functions, or under other circumstances involving a direct and substantial connection to the College. Although Virginia has approved legislation to legalize marijuana, at the federal level marijuana is still classified as an illegal substance and is therefore subject to the same limitations as other controlled substances at the College, including any state-certified medical purposes.

  1. Federal and state laws control the manufacture, sale, distribution, and possession of controlled substances and include severe penalties for violations. UVA Wise prohibits the possession or transfer of illicit drugs so defined under state or federal law. Controlled substances or illicit drugs include but are not limited to marijuana, mushrooms, cocaine, acid, etc. The misuse, transfer, or sale of legal substances such as prescription drugs and inhalants are also prohibited.
  2. Federal law makes the distribution of analog substances such as “bath salts” and “carpet cleaner” marketed for human consumption illegal. Synthetic or counterfeit substances that are an analog for a controlled substance are also prohibited under this policy.
  3. The possession of any device or materials utilized for the consumption and/or distribution of a controlled or illicit substance is prohibited at UVA Wise. This includes but is not limited to grinders, bowls, scales, dab rigs or pens, or hookahs.

Whether or not a criminal charge is brought, a student or student organization may also go through the Student Conduct Process on campus. Action taken by the College in all cases of drug violations will be guided by a concern for the welfare of the person(s) involved and for the maintenance of a suitable educational environment for all members of the College community.

Students are accountable for their own decisions regarding the use of illicit drugs and are responsible for knowing and complying with applicable College regulations, state, and federal laws related to illicit drugs. Civil or legal penalties may vary based on factors but may include fines, imprisonment, and denial of professional licenses or federal benefits, such as federal student aid. Students certified to use medical marijuana, with questions about housing or accommodation policies should contact Disability Services.

Health & Behavioral Risks

The UVA Wise community believes that the overall well-being and safety of its members are connected to the set standards for alcohol and other drug use. The harmful effects of alcohol and other drug abuse on physical and mental health are well established, as are the costs of such actions both legally and academically. The use of alcohol and other drugs puts individuals at increased risk for health or impairment problems. Examples include but are not limited to: when there is a history of alcohol or other drug addiction in the family, while engaged in athletics or other physical activities, when full cognitive function is necessary such as school work or employment, while operating complex or dangerous equipment such a motor vehicle or laboratory equipment, or while taking certain medications for a wide variety of illnesses or disorders.

The substance abuse of family members and friends may also be of concern to students and employees. Patterns of risk-taking behavior and dependency not only interfere in the lives of the user, but can also have a negative impact on the affected student's academic work, emotional well-being, and adjustment to college life. Assistance is available both on-campus and off-campus for students and employees who are dependent on, or who abuse alcohol and other drugs. Licensed Professional Counselors available in the College’s Counseling Center are available for treatment considerations (student only) and referrals for outside resources (students and employees). UVA Wise counselors may be contacted at 276-376-1005 or by visiting the Counseling Center located on the ground floor of Cantrell Hall. View a full list of on- and off-campus resources.

Amnesty – Violation of Alcohol or Drug Policy

The College’s highest priority is the health and safety of students and members of the College community. Students are encouraged to seek help when they believe that assistance is needed in instances where students are ill, injured, (have experienced prohibited conduct) or need medical attention from the use of alcohol or other drugs. The Amnesty procedure grants student’s immunity from punitive disciplinary action when seeking assistance in alcohol or drug-related incidents.

Amnesty Considerations

No student seeking assistance for themselves or others as a result of a medical emergency involving alcohol or other drug use will be charged with a violation of the alcohol or drug policy, provided that:

  1. The student requests assistance:
    • By calling local or College law enforcement for medical assistance;
    • By calling appropriate College personnel or student employees (such as Resident Assistants);
  2. The student(s) cooperates with College personnel or procedures, law enforcement, and medical personnel;
    • Students should identify themselves if requested and cooperate with medical personnel, College officials, or law enforcement.
    • Students should remain with the individual needing assistance if it is safe to do so and provide any of the above personnel with any information they request to help the person in distress.
    • The student needing help or medical assistance may be required to complete follow-up with relevant offices on campus such as the Dean of Students Office or Community Standards. At the discretion of the Dean of Students or Assistant Dean of Students, failure to complete recommended follow-up after the incident may result in separate disciplinary action for failure to comply with a college official. Likewise, organizations involved must agree to take recommended steps to address any concerns.

In incidents of alleged sexual misconduct/prohibited misconduct, the College’s focus will be on addressing that concern, not on the lesser policy violations that may be discovered or disclosed.

This procedure addresses violations of the Code of Conduct, it does not grant amnesty for criminal, civil, or legal consequences for violations of Federal, State, or Local Law. Amnesty does not apply to other conduct such as assault, property damage, or distribution of illicit substances.

Additional information, including the full structure, sanctions, rights and expectations of students in hearings, and hearings procedures is available online.

Arrest Self-Disclosure Policy

All accepted and currently enrolled students are required to promptly (within 72 hours) report any arrests and/or criminal charges filed against them to the Office of the Dean of Students. Pursuant to policy, a student must disclose any arrests or convictions of a criminal offense, excluding minor traffic violations that do not result in an arrest or injury to others, regardless of whether they occur inside or outside the Commonwealth of Virginia and regardless of whether the College is in session at the time. Students should err on the side of disclosure if they believe an arrest or conviction may be covered by this policy.

This self-disclosure policy covers arrests or convictions that have occurred “since you were first admitted to the College” until the date of response. Students do not need to re-disclose matters that they have already disclosed to the Office of the Dean of Students in prior years.

In the highly unusual case where a minor student has an underlying juvenile arrest or conviction that occurs after admission to the College and is otherwise under seal, he or she should seek the advice of counsel regarding the disclosure obligation in light of the relevant law of the state in which the arrest or conviction occurred.

UVA Wise recognizes that arrests do not represent an adjudicated conviction or an admission of guilt. Disclosure of an arrest is understood as that – simply an arrest — and may result in follow-up questions by the Dean of Students with subsequent supplementation by the student regarding the ultimate outcome of the case. Our focus at all times is on the underlying behavior. For those arrests that are referred to the Student Conduct Process (and only where the underlying offense falls within the Student Code of Conduct jurisdiction), a hearing is generally delayed until the underlying criminal matter is fully resolved in court. However, we believe it is important to know in a timely fashion when a student has been charged with a crime. What ultimately occurs in a criminal proceeding may certainly inform any action the College considers taking, but it does not dictate the College’s response.

Students should disclose arrests that were later dismissed, although there will be an opportunity after answering “yes” to explain the subsequent dismissal. Arrests or convictions that have been expunged by court action should not be disclosed (see the specific provisions of Virginia Code Section 19.2-392.4(A)). Note that “expunged” and “dismissed” are not the same thing. Students should consult with legal counsel if they believe a prior arrest or charge has been expunged as that term is defined under applicable law.

The Dean of Students (or designee) will review each response to determine if follow-up is needed, helping to provide consistency and fairness in its ultimate application.

For most disclosures, there may be a follow-up e-mail or conversation to fill in any necessary facts and context. For arrests and convictions occurring in Virginia, the Dean of Students (or designee) also will access the court records database of the relevant city or county to check the specific charges and status of each. For more serious infractions, there may be a meeting with the Dean to discuss what the student is doing to prevent a repeat offense or similar harmful behavior and also a referral for appropriate resources including College counseling, alcohol or substance abuse resources to assist the student in future decision-making. Certain cases may require referral to the Student Conduct System for a review, consistent with the system of student self-governance at UVA Wise. For a small number of cases that indicate a significant risk of violence, referral to the College’s Threat Assessment Team for evaluation also may be warranted.

All disclosures are documented in a confidential, password protected database maintained in the Office of the Dean of Students for the purpose of noting and tracking any follow-up actions taken and to provide possible context for any future infractions. However, only matters that ultimately result in a Student Code of Conduct adjudication will be subject to future disclosure by the Office of the Dean of Students in response to student-authorized inquiries by graduate programs and employers regarding a student’s conduct or disciplinary record at the College. Arrest or conviction information also may be shared with appropriate student services staff in the student’s relevant major (e.g., Education, Nursing, etc.) and may be subject to disclosure by that school if covered by a subsequently authorized disclosure by the student (for example, as part of a broad background check required under certain professional licensure requirements).

Most arrests and convictions are a matter of public record in the court files of each jurisdiction. In addition, a student agrees to be governed by the policies of the College upon enrollment. The College will maintain the information disclosed by students pursuant to this policy in a confidential fashion. It will be accessible to, and reviewed by and with, only those staff with a need to know such information.

The Arrest Self-Disclosure Form can be accessed through the my.uvawise.edu portal. Failure to report an arrest and/or criminal charges to the Office of the Dean of Students may result in disciplinary action.

Degree Revocation

In the event a student is found responsible of some behavior through the Student Conduct Board, Honor Court, or Administrative Settlement or Hearing, possible sanctions can include denying the student further membership in the College community and therefore the student is not entitled to hold or receive a degree from The University of Virginia's College at Wise. In such cases a recommendation is made to revoke degrees awarded to students who have breached the Honor Code or Student Code of Conduct during their tenure as students, following proceedings consistent with due process of law.

Domestic Animal & Wildlife Management

This policy is developed in the event a domesticated animal or wildlife needs to be removed from campus grounds. The following procedures should be utilized. Efforts should be made to remove any animal from campus in the most humane manner possible.

  • Removal of domesticated animals: In the event the animal is domesticated (i.e., dog, cat, etc.) the Wise County Animal Control Officer will be contacted. The Animal Control Officer will assume primary responsibilities for the removal of the animal, unless there is clear and imminent danger and time is of the essence. The standard practice and procedures for capture, removal, and/or disposal of the animal will be the responsibility of the Animal Control Officer.
  • Removal of wildlife: The Wise County Game Warden will be contacted to provide guidance on the best means for removal of the animal, unless imminent danger is present. The Wise County Game Warden will have responsibility for the removal, relocation, and/or subsequent disposal of the animal. Any wildlife or domesticated animal that is inadvertently killed on campus as a result of vehicular traffic will be buried by Campus Police or Physical Plant personnel. In addition to consultation with the Wise County Game Warden, it may be prudent to consult with local rehabber(s) that are predetermined by Campus Police and recommended by the Wise County Game Warden.
  • Notification of the campus community: On an annual basis, Campus Police will provide to the campus community a written reminder that it is ill advised for any employee or student to feed wildlife. The Chief of Campus Police will have the responsibility and duty of implementing this policy. The policy will be issued as standing orders.

Drug-Free Workplace Policy

The use of alcohol or drugs by employees while on the University of Virginia’s College at Wise owned or controlled property, including meal periods and breaks, is absolutely prohibited except when authorized by the College for approved College functions. No employee will report to work while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. Violations of these rules will be reason for evaluation/treatment for a substance use disorder or for disciplinary action up to and including removal. This policy applies to all employees (full-time, part-time, students, etc.).

Free Speech

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is a community of scholars in which the ideals of freedom of inquiry, freedom of thought, freedom of expression, and freedom of the individual are sustained. The College is committed to preserving the rights guaranteed to individuals by the Constitution. However, the exercise and preservation of these freedoms and rights require a respect for the rights of all in the academic community to enjoy them to the same extent. It is clear that in a community of learning, willful disruption of the educational process, destruction of property, and interference with the orderly process of the College or with the rights of other members of the College cannot be condoned. Students enrolling in the College assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the College’s function as an educational institution. To fulfill its functions of imparting and gaining knowledge, the College retains the authority to maintain order within the College and to exclude those who are disruptive of the educational process.


Hazing is prohibited under the State statute on hazing (Virginia Hazing, Civil and Criminal Liability, Code of Virginia, 18.2-56) as well as by College policy. The College does not condone hazing in any form. The term "hazing" means any action taken or situation created by a member(s) of a student organization toward one or more organization members or toward prospective members (as a part of the new member selection process), that occurs on College-owned or leased property or at College-sponsored or supervised functions or at the local residence of any College student, faculty member, or employee, and that is designed to or produces mental or physical harassment, discomfort, or ridicule. Such activities and situations include, but are not limited to, creation of excessive physical or psychological shock, fatigue, stress, injury, or harm. Student organizations and/or individual members found to have engaged in hazing shall be in violation of College policy and may also be in violation of the State statute. See the online Student Organization Handbook for more information.

Involuntary Withdraw

Students may be involuntarily withdrawn from the College for habitual delinquency in class, habitual idleness, through either a student conduct or honor court process, or any other fault that prevents the student from fulfilling the purpose implied by registration at the College. Students who have been involuntarily withdrawn must apply for re-admission to the Admission's Office in the same manner as a suspended student.

Students who display behavior that is disruptive to the educational process may be required to complete an assessment with a college counselor. Based on recommendations from the counseling staff and the Assistant Dean of Conduct & Responsibility to the Dean of Students, a student may be involuntarily withdrawn from the College.

Notification of Missing Students


UVA Wise complies with Section 485(j) of the Higher Education Opportunity Act regarding missing residential student notifications. On the UVA Wise Residential Campus Housing Application, students have the opportunity to identify an emergency contact. They also have the opportunity to identify confidential contact person(s) to be contacted in the event that the College determines them missing. UVA Wise will maintain the confidentiality of the registered missing person contact(s) and this information will only be accessible to authorized campus officials, law enforcement, and designees.


If anyone within the campus community believes that a residential student is missing, they should immediately contact the Office of Residence Life (276-639-8497) or the Campus Police. The first office to receive the report will notify the other. Both offices will attempt to determine if the student is missing. Within 24 hours of the report, if Campus Police are unable to locate the student, Campus Police will then notify the Assistant Dean of Students Residence Life or a designee. The Assistant Dean of Students for Residence Life or designee will then provide Campus Police with the contact information for the person(s) the student designated as their confidential missing person contact(s). It is important to note that if the student is under the age of 18 and not yet emancipated, Campus Police will also notify the student's custodial parent or guardian. Updates on the status of the missing student will then be provided to the Dean of Students or designee and the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.


Students identify their confidential contact person(s) for missing student notification events in their application for housing, but can update this information at any time using the online StarRez platform, provided by the College, and accessible through the housing portal. Students may also update this information by contacting The Office of Residence Life.


Regardless of whether a student has identified a confidential contact person, is above the age of 18, or is an emancipated minor, Campus Police will notify local law enforcement agency/agencies within 24 hours of the determination that the student is missing, unless the local law enforcement agency was the entity that determined the student is missing.


When the student is located, Campus Police and/or Residence Life or designee will contact the student to offer support. The confidential contacts (and/or parents if the student is under 18 and not yet emancipated) will confirm that the student has been located. If the initial investigation is unsuccessful in locating the student, Campus Police will continue to investigate. If a victim is deceased as a result of a crime or offense, next of kin of the victim will be treated as the alleged victim.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, military status (which includes active duty service members, reserve service members, and dependents), veteran status, and family medical or genetic information, in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Governor’s Executive Order Number One (2018), and other applicable statutes and University policies. The College prohibits sexual and gender-based harassment, including sexual assault, and other forms of interpersonal violence.

The College’s Title IX Coordinator is Tabitha Smith whose office is in Cantrell Hall and contact information: 276-328-0131 (office), 276-870-5065 (cell) or tabitha.smith@uvawise.edu. Additionally, Campus Police may always be contacted at 276-328-0190 during regular business hours, 276-328-3756 after hours, or 911 at any time.

Parental Notification

According to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), “When a student turns 18 years old or enters a postsecondary institution at any age, all rights afforded to parents under FERPA transfer to the student. However, FERPA also provides ways in which schools may share information with parents without the student’s consent.” The decision to contact a parent or guardian and the subsequent phone call will be made and documented by the Dean of Students or their designee and may occur in the following circumstances:

  • “…if the student who is under age 21 has violated any law or its policy concerning the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance”
  • “…if a health or safety emergency involves their son or daughter”

The decision to notify a parent or guardian in these circumstances is not intended as a punitive measure. Rather, the College will notify a parent or guardian in order to establish a supportive and encouraging network of resources for the student. Note: All above-quoted material is taken from Balancing Student Privacy and School Safety: A Guide to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act for Colleges and Universities, published by the Family Policy Compliance Office of the U.S. Department of Education.

The Virginia General Assembly has enacted legislation (HB1005) which requires mental health providers to notify parents when dependent students receive mental health treatment if the student is found, by the professional counseling staff, to be in a state of psychological emergency, i.e. “there exists a substantial likelihood that, as a result of mental illness the student will, in the near future (i) cause serious physical harm to himself [herself] or others as evidenced by recent behavior or any other relevant information, or (ii) suffer serious harm due to his [her] lack of capacity to protect himself [herself] from harm or to provide for his [her] basic human needs.”
The bill allows such notification to be withheld if the student’s treating physician or treating clinical psychologist has made a part of the student’s record a written statement that, in the exercise of his/her professional judgment, the notification would be reasonably likely to cause substantial harm to the student or another person.

Pet Policy

Pets are not permitted in College buildings by state law. Pets may be walked outdoors on campus grounds, but must be appropriately leashed or caged and under the control of and accompanied by their owners. Pets must not be left unattended. Pet owners must clean up after their pets while on campus. Pet owners shall be held responsible for any personal injury or property damage inflicted by their pets. Exceptions to this policy are limited to service animals or approved therapeutic animals; animals under the control of and used by academic departments for approved teaching and/or research purposes. These animals must also be leashed and under control at all times and follow pertinent College policies.

The police have the right to pick up and hold unattended pets and any pet, whether or not under an owner’s control, constituting a public hazard or nuisance. Pets creating a nuisance may be banned from campus by the College Police.

The Office of Residence Life promulgates and administers policies governing pets in residential facilities.

Posting & Chalking Policy

The College is committed to promoting communication among students, faculty, the administration and the surrounding community. This policy is intended to:

  1. afford individuals appropriate means by which to advertise events on campus or to engage in expressive activity;
  2. to reduce litter and preserve the College’s general appearance; and
  3. protect surfaces on which materials are placed and to reduce maintenance cost.

Posting/chalking on College property is permitted under the following conditions:

Posting Posting on College property is permitted on designated bulletin boards. Materials may not be placed on areas or surfaces not intended for posting such as trees, columns, lampposts, walls, trash bins, railings, or glass windows or doors. Exceptions must be approved by the Dean of Students.

Materials shall be posted in such a manner as not to deface or damage the surface to which they are attached. Duct tape, nailing, and stapling are not allowed; nor are liquid paste or cement of any type.

All materials posted shall clearly indicate the name of the sponsoring College department, office, student organization, independent group, or outside organization.

If you would like the resident assistants (RAs) to post your student organization flyers in the residence halls, provide 30 copies to the Office of Residence Life in Cantrell Hall.

Chalking Chalk may be used on exposed (not below roofs or overhangs) exterior concrete or asphalt sidewalks or walkways. Use of chalk on brick, slate or other stones surfaces or on buildings, or other structures of any kind is strictly prohibited. Only non-permanent sidewalk chalk may be used. No paint, spray/adhesive chalks, markers or ink may be used. Exceptions must be approved by the Dean of Students.

Removal All flyers and banners will be removed from bulletin boards and posted areas once the event date has passed. Flyers advertising general information will be removed at the conclusion of the academic year.

Compliance Postings and chalkings must comply with all federal and state laws (e.g., they may not advertise unlawful activities) and all other applicable policies of the College (e.g., alcoholic beverages may not be mentioned in the advertising or publicizing of a College function per the College’s Alcohol and Drug Policies).

Release of Information

UVA Wise complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). This act restricts information concerning students that the College can make available without a student’s consent. A complete review of the Release of Student Information Policy and an informational brochure may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office. The University of Virginia’s College at Wise maintains the confidentiality of education records; neither such records, nor personally identifiable information contained therein, except for directory information, shall be released without student permission except as authorized by the Act. Exceptions to this policy are only made under the conditions specified by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. They are:

  1. directory information. UVA Wise does not maintain a public directory and Virginia Law prohibits the release of student addresses, email address, or telephone number without affirmative consent. (Information contained in an education record of a student that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. This information may be released by the College unless the student requests the restriction of its release. Directory information includes the student's name; home and school address; home and school telephone number; e-mail address; UVA Wise computing ID; date of birth; place of birth; country of citizenship; major field of study; school of enrollment; location of attendance; full-time/part-time status; level and year in school; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight and height of the members of athletic teams; dates of attendance; candidacy for degree; degrees, honors, scholarships, and awards received; the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended; the names of a student's parents or guardians; any unique identifying number created for the purpose of compiling, releasing, or transmitting directory information; and photographic images of the student.),
  2. release of information in an emergency where such information is necessary for the protection of the health or safety of the student,
  3. release of information to other College staff members who have a legitimate educational need for the information,
  4. in connection with financial aid for which a student has applied,
  5. under court order or subpoena.

The College, of course, recognizes that parents are very much interested in the progress and welfare of their students, and the staff is anxious to address parents’ concerns. Parents and students are encouraged to discuss their feelings about the need to receive information the College would otherwise consider confidential and arrive at an understanding about this important matter.

In compliance with House Bill No. 1058, effective July 1, 2008, UVA Wise has developed a policy and procedure providing for the release of educational records of dependent students to a parent/guardian at student request. This shall be implemented as follows:

  1. The UVA Wise Office of Information Technology shall electronically solicit dependency status from all incoming and returning students and shall store such data on the College’s central student system of record; and
  2. A parent also may provide his/her tax records to the University to demonstrate a student’s dependent status to ensure that such status is accurately recorded in the central student system of record; and
  3. The College’s Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs shall designate the office within his/her division as being primarily responsible for collecting and responding to requests from parents of dependent students for academic records; and
  4. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or designee shall designate the office within his/her division as being primarily responsible for collecting and responding to requests from parents of dependent students for non-academic (conduct) records; and
  5. Appropriate personnel in the offices charged hereunder shall consult the College’s central student system of record to confirm a student’s dependent status prior to furnishing educational records to parents under this policy; and
  6. The foregoing is subject at all times to the authority and direction of the College officials charged hereunder to develop and implement specific procedures as may be desirable or necessary including designating other College offices or personnel to respond to requests for records under this policy as may be necessary or appropriate under the circumstances.

Please also note that according to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), “When a student turns 18 years old or enters a postsecondary institution at any age, all rights afforded to parents under FERPA transfer to the student. However, FERPA also provides ways in which schools may share information with parents without the student’s consent.” See the Parental Notification Policy in the UVA Wise Policies section for more information.

Sexual Misconduct & Interpersonal Violence

UVA Wise is committed to maintaining a respectful, professional and nondiscriminatory working environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. This includes having an environment free from sexual and gender-based harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking. The College will take prompt and equitable action to eliminate Prohibited Conduct, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects. The Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence is available online.

The College recognizes that it is important to coordinate the Sexual Misconduct & Interpersonal Violence Policy with other existing policies related to harassment and discrimination knowing that harassment related to an individual’s sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression can occur in conjunction with misconduct and harassment related to a person’s race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, pregnancy or parenting status, disability, or other protected status. Therefore, when a report is made of harassment or discrimination based on sex as well as harassment or discrimination based on some other protected status, the College’s response will be governed by the procedures referenced in the Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence. Questions about which policy applies in a specific instance should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator.

Title IX Contact Information The Title IX Coordinator at UVA Wise is Tabitha Smith. Her office is in Cantrell Hall, 1 College Avenue, Wise, VA 24293. Contact her at 276-328-0131 (office), 276-870-5065 (cell) or tabitha.smith@uvawise.edu.

Skateboarding, Scooter, Self-Balancing Board, Self-Propelled Device Policy

Skateboards, scooters, and other self-propelled devices may be used safely outdoors by students at UVA Wise. Skateboards, scooters, and self-propelled devices must yield to and not interfere with pedestrians.

Operators should wear the appropriate safety equipment while using skateboards, scooters, and self-propelled devices on campus. Individuals may not engage in tricks, including but not limited to, grinding, ramp building, and jumps anywhere on College grounds, including but not limited to, roadways, stairs, steps, railings, benches, tables, and entrances to buildings.

Skateboarding, the use of scooters, and use of other self-propelled devices (excluding medical devices) in all campus buildings, including residence halls, is strictly prohibited. Scooters may not be stored or charged in campus buildings.

Bicycle/storage racks are available around campus. Self-balancing/hover boards are not permitted on campus.

Individuals who operate equipment recklessly or without care or fail to follow the guidelines described above may be subject to disciplinary action through the Student Conduct system.

Solicitation & Sales Policy

Solicitors and salespersons, except those on official business with the College, are not permitted on campus except with the permission of the Chancellor or designee. This includes any on-campus business operations and door-to-door sales.

Student Life/Non-Academic Grievance Policy

The respect for others and the value of diverse opinions and viewpoints is critical in resolving concerns. Informal, candid discussion should always be a primary goal. As part of the educational process, students are encouraged to mediate concerns themselves leading to amiable resolution of disagreements.

If informal, candid discussion is not successful in resolving an issue, the student should follow this procedure: A student may submit a formal written grievance within 30 calendar days of the event or encounter in question using the Student Life/Non-Academic Grievance Form. The written grievance must contain the following: the date of the alleged incident, a statement indicating the college policy, regulation, or rule which the student alleges has been violated and any individuals who are allegedly involved in the violation; a statement summarizing any action the student has taken to attempt to resolve the matter prior to filing the complaint and the results, if any.

The Dean of Students or their designee will review the written grievance and schedule a meeting with the student within 5 (five) business days. The Dean of Students or their designee will investigate if circumstances require additional information. The Dean of Students or their designee will issue a response, either through a scheduled meeting with the student or a written response, within seven (7) business days of the initial meeting with the student who filed the written grievance.

If a satisfactory resolution is not achieved, the student may appeal in writing to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. For concerns related to the Dean of Students, consultation and written complaints should be directed to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. For concerns related to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, consultation and written complaints should be directed to the Chancellor.

Student Publications

UVA Wise students have the opportunity to publish in a variety of college sponsored publications. Students who wish to publish, distribute, or sell any other publication must consult with the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. The issuance, distribution, or sale of anonymous publications is discouraged.

Students Exhibiting Suicidal Thoughts or Behaviors

UVA Wise is committed to providing a living-learning environment for all members of the campus community. UVA Wise annually provides training opportunities and resources to assist students, faculty, and staff, including residence life staff members, in identifying and addressing the immediate needs of students exhibiting suicidal thoughts and/or behaviors.

Any member of the campus community who believes that a student is exhibiting behavior detrimental to their welfare should contact The Counseling Center at 276-376-1005 between the hours of 8 am-5 pm Monday through Friday, or accompany the student to The Counseling Center for immediate intervention. Campus Police should be contacted after hours at 276-328-3756, or if a suicide attempt has been made, call 911. Those desiring training or resources should contact The Counseling Center office on the lower level of Cantrell Hall by phone at 276-376-1005.

To fulfill its function of imparting and gaining knowledge, the College retains the authority to maintain order within the College and exclude those who are disruptive of the educational process. No UVA Wise student shall be penalized or expelled solely for exhibiting suicidal thoughts and/or behaviors or seeking mental health treatment for suicidal thoughts and/or behaviors.

College personnel, if the situation so deems, may take appropriate action in requiring treatment or mental health evaluation (campus or community) as a requirement for continued enrollment of a student who has exhibited suicidal thoughts and/or behaviors. This policy will be distributed annually to the campus community through inclusion in the Faculty Handbook, Staff Handbook and Student Handbook.

Student iPad Policy

The iPad and accessories are the property of UVA Wise. As with all college-owned computing equipment, users must adhere to all law, policies, and university regulations. Please read the following carefully to ensure you understand the policy agreement.  

  1. The iPad is enrolled in a Mobile Device Management (MDM) system. This means the iPad can be updated, located, reset, or wiped by system administrators.  
  2. You are responsible for the acceptable use of the device. (View the UVA Policies which apply to UVA Wise.) 
  3. Attempts to tamper with the hardware, remove the MDM profile or bypass the operating system will result in disciplinary action.  
  4. Lost or stolen devices or accessories must be reported to Campus Police and/or the Office of Information Technology (OIT). A loaner will be provided to use. 
  5. The iPad and accessories are covered by AppleCare for 3 years beginning approximately on the date of pickup. You can check your warranty status/expiration date in the ‘Settings’ app on your iPad. Repairs to damaged iPads must be arranged, within those three years. All repairs must be arranged with the OIT. Email ipadwise@uvawise.edu to request an appointment. 
  6. All repairs are the responsibility of the student, unless the repair is free of charge. The OIT Department will initiate the repair and the amount will be charged to the students account payable at the Cashier’s Office. 

1st Incident**

  • iPad Cost: $49*
  • Accessory Cost: $129*
  • Who Pays: Student

2nd Incident 

  • iPad Cost: $49*
  • Accessory Cost: $129*
  • Who Pays: Student

3rd Incident 

  • iPad Cost: $419*
  • Accessory Cost: $129*
  • Who Pays: Student

*Note: The $49 fee covers accidental damage as defined by Apple. Apple may determine some repairs to be free of charge. Price of accessories starting at $129; Cover Buddy Case replacement is $49. **Incident = damaged, lost, or stolen. Can be subject to change depending on the nature of damage. If lost a second time, student responsible for $419 charge.

  1. Users will return the iPad and accessories promptly at the time of withdrawal or unenrollment from UVA Wise. Property not returned within 30 days will be invoiced for the replacement cost of the equipment. Failure to pay the invoiced amount will result in a report of theft to law enforcement.  
  2. Year in Wise students will receive a loaner device at the start of Fall Semester and will return the iPad AND accessories (keyboard, Apple Pencil, charging cable and wall brick) on or before the last day of exams at the end of their final semester at UVA Wise. Property not returned by the last day of exams will be invoiced for the replacement cost of the equipment and will result in a hold placed on the student’s transcripts. Failure to pay the invoiced amount OR return the property will result in a report of theft with law enforcement.  
  3. If Year in Wise student decides to attend UVA Wise full time, student can return loaner device and receive an new iPad at the start of the new School Year.  
  4. Upon Graduating from UVA Wise, graduates will take the iPad and accessories with them. Within a month, graduates will receive a series of 2 emails, to their uvawise.edu email address, regarding de-enrollment from our MDM System.

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) is an all-encompassing federal law that prohibits discrimination based on the sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. The College strives to provide a working and educational environment for all faculty, staff and students that is free from sexual misconduct/harassment. Sexual harassment, sexual assault and other acts of sexual misconduct are forms of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. The College’s Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence can be found online.

Tobacco Products Use Policy

UVA Wise is dedicated to providing a healthy, comfortable, and productive learning environment for faculty, staff, and students. Smoking and/or the use of other tobacco products pose a significant health risk to both individual members and the campus community at large. All members of the UVA Wise community, as well as visitors on campus for events, receptions, and classes, are responsible for abiding by the tobacco products policy outlined below.

The College prohibits any tobacco product, nicotine vapor product (including e-cigarette devices), and alternative nicotine product use within all campus buildings, residence halls, seating areas/stands of outdoor athletic facilities, and College-owned vehicles. Tobacco product use is also prohibited within 25 feet of the entrance to campus buildings, residence halls and the seating areas/stands of outdoor athletic facilities.

For the purposes of this policy, “tobacco product” is defined as any substance containing tobacco leaf including but not limited to: cigarettes, cigars, blunts, bidis, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco, snuff, nicotine vapor products (e.g. electronic cigarettes), alternative nicotine products and any other items containing or reasonably resembling tobacco or tobacco products. “Tobacco product use” includes smoking, chewing, dipping, or any other use of tobacco products.

The policy does not include any cessation product specifically approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in treating nicotine or tobacco addiction.

Use of Copyright Materials Policy

The copyright materials policy can be found in the College Catalog.

Weapons & Firearms Policy

UVA Wise provides rules and regulations concerning the possession of weapons on college owned property and all facilities in an effort to provide a safe and secure learning and working environment for the students, faculty, staff and visitors in accordance with the University of Virginia Policy: Regulation of Weapons, Fireworks and Explosives, Virginia Administrative Code related to fireworks, explosives, etc. and Virginia Administrative Code related to definitions.

Weapons are defined as, but not limited, to:

  1. any gun, bow, crossbow or other weapon designed or intended to propel a missile or projectile of any kind, including any pistol, revolver, rifle, musket, long gun, or other weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind by action of an explosion of any combustible material; or any object similar in appearance whether capable of being fired or not, in such manner as to reasonably induce fear in the mind of another.
  2. any stun weapon, including any device that emits a momentary or pulsed output, which is electrical, audible, optical or electromagnetic in nature and which is designed to temporarily incapacitate a person;
  3. any knife, including but not limited to any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, machete, or razor except a pocket knife having a folding metal blade of less than three inches;
  4. any slingshot, spring stick, metal knucks, or blackjack;
  5. any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such a manner as to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as a nun chahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain;
  6. any disc, of whatever configuration, having at least two points or pointed blades which is designed to be thrown or propelled and which may be known as a throwing star or oriental dart;
  7. any frame, receiver, muffler, silencer, missile, projectile or ammunition designed for use with a dangerous weapon, including any cartridge, pellet, ball, missile or projectile adapted for use in a firearm;
  8. any explosive substance or explosive device, if such substance or device is intended to be used as a weapon that causes but not limited to bodily harm of another person; any person who constructs, uses, places, sends, or causes to be sent any hoax explosive device so as to intentionally cause another person to believe that such device is a bomb or explosive.
  9. any tear gas, mustard gas, phosgene gas or other noxious or nauseating gases or mixtures of chemicals designed to, and capable of, producing vile or injurious or nauseating odors or gases, if such gas or chemical is intended to be used as a weapon to cause bodily injury to another person(s).

No student, faculty, staff, visitor or affiliate shall carry, possess, maintain, or conceal (concealed handgun carry permits included) on any property owned by UVA Wise.

Sanctions A student who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary sanctions under the student code of conduct, up to and including expulsion. An employee who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary sanctions under misconduct policies of the college, up to and including dismissal. An affiliate or visitor who violates this policy will be subject to removal from campus and being trespassed from all college-owned property and special events.

Emergency Preparedness

The UVA Wise Crisis Management Team is tasked with the planning as well as the external and internal communication for UVA Wise in the event of a crisis or emergency situation. Emergency protocol information sheets are posted in campus buildings and residential facilities. For more information about UVA Wise emergency response planning and preparedness.

Campus Notifications

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these UVA Wise campus notification methods. Be sure that you take any notification from Campus Police or College personnel seriously. Note that the notification systems are tested periodically with advance notice provided to the campus community.

  • Emergency Siren sounds in the event of a campus emergency. Please listen to the campus siren and following loudspeaker announcement from Campus Police.
  • E-Mail College email is one of the first places to look for alert notifications and instructions on what to do in the event of an emergency.
  • Emergency Alert System (phone/text message) This system allows for phone and/or text messages to registered numbers. Update your information at https://home.uvawise.edu/alertsystem.
  • Website Emergency notifications and additional information will be posted on the UVA Wise main website at www.uvawise.edu.
  • UVA Wise TV / Channel 55 Emergency notifications and additional information will be posted on the local UVA Wise Comcast television channel.

Lockdown/Shelter in Place

In the event that the campus is in lockdown, no one is permitted to leave the campus. Do NOT go to your vehicle, do NOT leave buildings, do NOT go to class/meetings, etc. Immediately seek shelter in the nearest secure location, lock and barricade doors, and stay behind solid objects away from the door and windows. Stay quiet and calm. Minimize noise that may draw attention to your location – turn off lights, computers and radios, and put cell phones on vibrate.

If you have knowledge of an incident or assailant, call 911 when it is safe and provide as much detailed information as possible, including location, description, etc.

Follow all directions of authorities; do not challenge law enforcement.

Threat Assessment Team

UVA Wise has a Threat Assessment Team to help preserve the safety and security of the campus community in collaboration with other College services and in accordance with requirements outlined in the Code of Virginia (23-9.2:10). The mission of the Threat Assessment Team (TAT) is to assess and to intervene regarding any individual whose behavior may potentially pose a threat to self, others, or the campus community. The team will plan and respond to potential threats or any act of violence in an attempt to maintain the safety of those involved as well as the safety of the campus community.

All members of the UVA Wise community are responsible for preventing violence and supporting the safety of our campus community. The Threat Assessment Team depends on the referrals of the community – students, faculty, staff, and visitors – to keep UVA Wise a safe and enriching campus for all who live, study, and work here.

Faculty, staff, and students may contact any member of the Threat Assessment Team at any time to report observations of unusual behavior, regardless of whether or not a conduct or behavior violation has occurred.

Always in the event of an emergency or immediate safety concerns, contact Campus Police at 276-328-COPS weekday business hours; 276-328-3756 after hours, non-emergency; or 911 for all emergencies.

Campus Security – Clery Act

UVA Wise is committed to helping the campus community provide for their own safety and security. The Annual Security Report and Fire Safety Report containing information on campus security and personal safety, including alerts, fire safety, crime prevention tips, and crime statistics is available upon request by calling 276-328-0190 or 276-376-3451.