Living Wage at UVA

March 07, 2019

"As a university, we should live our values..." President Jim Ryan stated in a university-wide email he sent today announcing that beginning January 1, 2020, "UVA will begin paying all full-time employees a living wage of at least $15 an hour."  Read more.


To the University community,

From the day I started as president, I’ve been interested in what it would take to pay UVA employees a living wage.  As a university, we should live our values—and part of that means making sure that no one who works at UVA should live in poverty.

This issue has been front and center at UVA for more than two decades, in part because it’s difficult to solve completely.  But I don’t believe the perfect should be the enemy of the good, and the fact that we can’t do everything all at once shouldn’t keep us from doing what we can, for the employees we can, as soon as we can.

That’s why, starting January 1, 2020, UVA will begin paying all full-time employees a living wage of at least $15 an hour.

In making this decision, we are following the inspiring example set by the City of Charlottesville, as well as other cities, states, companies, academic institutions, and health systems across the country that have raised their base wages to $15 an hour.  This also follows a report by the UVA-Community Working Group identifying jobs and wages as the most important issue for the community.

This decision will cover roughly 60% of full-time employees who currently earn under $15 an hour.  The remaining 40% are employed by contractors.  Over the next few months, my team will be working on a plan to extend the same $15 commitment to contract employees.   This is legally and logistically more complicated, but our goal is to make it happen.  In the meantime, we’ll keep working on ways to make a difference on our own, including on the equally pressing topic of affordable housing.

This plan was heartily endorsed by the Board of Visitors at our meeting last week.  They believe, like I do, that we should strive not simply to be a great university, but also to be a good university.  While we have plenty of work ahead, and will be considering in more detail the full recommendations from the community working group, I am optimistic that this represents a new day for the University and the community that we love.

For more information, please see

James E. Ryan
University of Virginia


Spring Night Tour Survey

January 28, 2019

The UVA Security and General Safety Committee is soliciting suggestions for its upcoming Spring Night Tour. Submit your feedback by February 11, 2019

Fontaine Streetscape Public Workshop

January 27, 2019

A public workshop to discuss the Fontaine Streetscape will be held Jan. 31 from 5:30-7:30 at the VA Dept. of Forestry (900 Natural Resources Drive). 


November 26, 2018

Workday will go live on January 7, 2019. Stay up to date on the latest information and training opportunities.

Parental leave update

November 26, 2018

A working group has been ironing out the details of the newly revised parental leave policy. Read more on the HR website.


November 15, 2018

On Nov. 5, 2018, J.J. Wagner Davis succeeded Pat Hogan as the new executive vice president and chief operating officer. Learn more about her. 

Change in Parental Leave

September 11, 2018

President Ryan announced today that UVA will be extending paid parental leave to ALL UVA employees. The new policy allows for 8 weeks of paid parental leave after the birth, adoption or foster care placement of a child. Read more.

Inauguration of President James Ryan

August 28, 2018

The installation ceremony will occur on Friday, Oct. 19 from 3-4:30 on the Lawn, but inaugural events will run from Oct. 19-Oct. 20.  

Share Your Vision for UVA's Future

August 01, 2018

Share your ideas for the future of UVA with Jim Ryan on the Ours to Shape website or via Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, using #OursToShape.

Meet President Ryan

July 26, 2018

Meet President Jim Ryan at an icecream social on the Lawn 3-5 PM, August 1. 

Sandridge Award Winners - 2018

June 15, 2018

The Sandridge Awards are the highest honors the University gives to its employees. Read about this year's winners

BOV Members Update

June 14, 2018

The governor adds C Evans Poston, JR to the BOV and reappoints three current members. Read more.

Staff Senate Elections

April 27, 2018

The Senate is calling for nominations for open senator seats. If interested in running, contact your senator to see if a seat is available. Learn about serving on the Senate.

Community Picnic

April 26, 2018

Join the celebration to honor President Sullivan at a community picnic on Wednesday, May 2 from 11AM - 2PM outside Peabody Hall. 


August 23, 2017

Looking to reduce your commuting and parking costs?  UVA vanpools are forming now from various locations including Richmond, Harrisonburg, Louisa County, and Nelson County.

A vanpool is essentially a larger more formalized carpool.  Employee commuters decide the schedule and route of the vanpool.  Vanpools typically operate Monday-Friday each week.  Vanpool monthly fees include fuel, vehicle maintenance, parking, insurance, and roadside assistance.

Interested in learning more?  Consider attending one of our upcoming interest meetings, contact us at, or visit

Annual Spring Night Tour

February 13, 2017

The University’s Security and General Safety committee is seeking locations to visit on its annual Spring Night Tour on February 28.  During the Night Tour, committee members walk areas of Grounds in darkness to assess safety conditions in various facilities of the University.  The Committee particularly targets lighting, pathways, emergency phones, and physical infrastructure hazards. I hope you will feel free to share this invitation broadly with the Staff Senate members inviting them to survey their constituents.  Please forward to me any suggestions for site visits by Wednesday, Feb. 22 so we can map out our itinerary.  

Just a reminder that if anyone has an immediate concern related to infrastructure safety, they can report a hazard to the office of Safety and Emergency Preparedness through the footer on our homepage, “Click to Report a Safety Hazard.”  Persons can also call our office at 434 982 0565 or write to us at

UBike, UBurn!

February 02, 2017

UBike and Hoos Well are partnering to offer free bike-share passes to all UVA employees to help them reach their workout goals for the Spring Fitness Challenge! Just email to receive the link for free registration. Spread the word!

Want help with your taxes?

January 30, 2017

 Have your 2016 tax return prepared for free by UVA Law School, Darden, and Madison House student volunteers, certified by the IRS.  Click here for more information.


Green Dot Program

January 27, 2017

UVA’s Green Dot program is a bystander intervention program that trains students, faculty, and staff in how to become active bystanders when they recognize a situation of sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking. Green Dot training specifically for faculty and staff will occur on Friday, January 27th from 1-4 in Newcomb 481.  People who wish to attend can sign up here:

2016 Legislative Forum

December 19, 2016

Staff are invited to attend this forum on Monday, December 19 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in the Rotunda Dome Room. For more information, visit 2016 Legislative Forum.