COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

UVA Wise in the Fall
May 12, 2020

Dear Campus Community,
I hope this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and well. Congratulations on the completion of a historic spring semester! Now that the spring is behind us, I understand the question on all of your minds is whether classes will resume on campus in the fall.

Our intention is to start the fall semester together, on-campus. To help us prepare for our opening, I have appointed a steering committee to develop the best plans for us to safely operate classrooms, perform daily work duties, and manage residential and campus facilities. The central focus remains maintaining a healthy and safe space for our community to live, learn, and work.

Southwest Virginia has some of the lowest rates of infection in the Commonwealth, and we feel that we are well positioned to keep students and employees safe especially given the extra precautions we plan to implement.

While we carefully and diligently prepare for a campus return in August, we will also be prepared to move to an online or virtual format if for some reason there were indications of viral spread nationally or regionally.

Over the summer, please stay tuned for further communications and information. We look forward to launching another academic year with each of you, and we look forward to seeing you, CAVS STRONG!

Best regards,

Donna Price Henry, Ph.D.

Frequently Asked Questions

The College is open and operating.
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise has moved courses online for the remainder of the spring semester to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our students safe.

Since students won’t be residing in residence halls or eating in the cafeteria, will there be any sort of financial adjustment for room and board during this time period?
Due to recent events surrounding COVID-19, and students being asked to remain off campus, housing and dining charges will be prorated and a credit given.  Due to this unique situation, the College had to be careful to make sure providing the appropriate credit did not cause any problems with regulations such as federal financial aid or NCAA compliance, to name a few.

This credit will be used to satisfy any outstanding balance on your student account for the Spring semester.  Any remaining credit will be applied toward a future semester’s charge for housing and dining. If you are a graduating senior, you may request a refund by emailing Amanda Hughes at no later than April 15th, and please provide the appropriate mailing address for this refund. Refunds will apply to the direct payments made on the account by the student.

Students who resided in McCraray Hall will receive a credit of $2,100.  Students who resided in all other residence halls will receive a $2,400 credit.  If you have any questions regarding this credit, please email

How is the College keeping students, parents, faculty, and staff informed?
UVA Wise is keeping our COVID-19 page up-to-date with the latest information on the College’s response to this virus. Students, faculty, and staff should also check their campus email regularly.

A comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions for students, faculty, and staff has been assembled for the UVA Wise community.