Dear EVMS Students:

We hope this email finds each of you doing as well as can be expected in this unsettling time. Again, please know Student Affairs is here to help any way we can. We can be reached by individual email, office email (, or by phone (Allison Knight at 757.774.6577).

Available Study Space: To support student needs with the closure of the library this weekend, EVMS Administration has worked to provide an alternative study space on campus. Lester 104 will remain open for student study from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days a week, with the following conditions:

  • Students must wear masks in the room. Masks will be kept behind the security station in the Lester Hall lobby and the security officer will distribute them to students as they are ready to enter the room. Students are asked to recycle their masks, as appropriate.
  • Students will maintain physical distancing and hand hygiene in the room. In addition to the first floor bathrooms, a hygiene station with hand sanitizer has been placed outside of the room.
  • Tables will remain where placed to maintain a six-foot separation. Only one chair will be allowed at each table.
  • Students experiencing any illness symptoms will remain at home.

The room will be sanitized each evening after 5 p.m. Again, please join us in thanking our housekeeping, facilities, and maintenance staff for their tireless efforts toward our campus safety.

For health reasons, no other interior spaces on campus are available for student use for the immediate future.

Printer/Scanner Accessibility: With the closure of the library and the first floor of Lewis Hall, there will not be accessible printers for students. We understand this change might be a challenge. There are a number of helpful scanner apps that may be useful during this time, including the following that have been recommended by students:

EVMS Club and Class Events: As always, EVMS students are demonstrating their creativity and commitment to our community by wanting to hold virtual events. Please remember that all new or altered events require approval by Student Affairs, even if the event was previously approved. Please contact Joann Bautti or Diane Dougherty with any questions.

Student Volunteer Efforts for EVMS’ COVID-19 Response: As a reminder, we are requiring all students interested in volunteering during this time to coordinate with SGA ( and Student Affairs. Please visit EventMedley ( to see what opportunities are available to you. We are in awe of all of your efforts to date. Thank you!

Important student resources:

EVMS Student Primary Healthcare


EVMS Student Mental Health

757.446.5888 option #3

EVMS Police & Public Safety

757.446.5911 or 5199

HealthAdvocate Student Assistance Program


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Contact Lifeline


YWCA Sexual & Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline


Alcohol and Narcotics Help Line


Crisis Text line

LGBT Life Center


LGBT National Help Center

800.246.PRIDE (7743)

Please know we are thinking of each of you and are here to help. Please be safe and be well!

The Student Affairs Team


Student Affairs Staff Member

Area of Service


Allison Knight

All student needs


Melissa Scott

Student rights; student mistreatment; Title IX

Joann Bautti

Class/club programming; student equity; Safe Zone

Diane Dougherty

Class/club programming; student reimbursements; wellness ideas

Vera Potts-Anderson

Student lockers; MD ERAS questions

Dan St. John

Academic counseling; Safe Zone

Lindsay Meyers

Academic counseling; peer tutoring

Terri Edwards

Disability services; academic counseling



Allison P. Knight, Ph.D.  

Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Director of Student Wellness

Assistant Professor | Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Eastern Virginia Medical School | Room 1170 Lewis Hall | 700 W. Olney Rd. | Norfolk VA 23507

(757-774-6577  7: 757.446-5817