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Dear Students:

As we resume the Fall Semester in the midst of challenging times, we care about your well-being and are here to support you as many of you make plans to return to Grounds. While many of us still feel uncertain due to the effects of the COVID-19 virus, we are hopeful that things will continue work out in time. As the Dawson’s Row office is preparing to reopen, we have implemented physical distancing guidelines to better assist your engagement and utilization of OAAA’s spaces in the midst of the unpredictable COVID-19 virus. While we cannot go back to the way things were, one constant remains, the OAAA Deans and staff are committed to helping you navigate this school year and to reach your personal and academic goals. 

One of the main recommendations to slow the spread of Covid-19 is wearing a mask or face covering. When entering OAAA, all students will be required to wear a mask. This is for your safety and ours. Please help in keeping our community and grounds safe from outbreak. One of the services that our office provides is free printing. In order to reduce the risk of exceeding the max capacity, the Office has created an email for you to send print requests. Click here to get more details about printing.

Also. to maintain social distancing and safety guidelines while still supporting you, OAAA will only be able to host a very limited number of persons by appointment only.Students will be able to reserve study space for 60 minutes each day.  Click here to get more details and to make a reservation for study space.

Since we are all returning to Grounds, you may call our main number (434-924-7923), however sending an email to Ms. Carter ( is the still best way to reach our office. If you cannot reach Ms. Carter via phone or email, you can contact Mr. Smith ( or Ms. Comfort ( to assist.

While we are in anticipation of returning to in person appointments, we still have to be cautious. For this semester, any face to face appointments will be left to urgent or crisis situations and that decision will be at the discretion of the Deans and staff. As an alternative to our regular in-person meetings at OAAA, appointments can be scheduled via Zoom and phone calls by Ms. Carter. She can schedule your appointment with Dean Bassett (1st years), Dean Thomas (2nd years), Dean Mason (3rd years) or Dean Apprey (4th years).  Please follow the link to website for more detailed information regarding COVID-19 changes. Let us continue to work together, staying focused and hopeful along the way and in ways that would enable us to do our best work in the midst of crises. We look forward to working with you this semester.


Dean Apprey, Associate Dean Thomas, Associate Dean Bassett, Associate Dean Mason, Ms. Comfort, Ms. Carter and Mr. Smith