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Dean of Students Allen Groves sat down for an interview Wednesday with The Cavalier Daily to discuss student compliance with public health guidelines and community building amid the pandemic.
University President Jim Ryan, Provost Liz Magill and Chief Operating Officer J.J. Davis joined The Cavalier Daily for a Zoom interview Tuesday to recap the fall semester and discuss the University’s plans ahead of an extended winter break. During the interview, they all agreed they are pleased with how the University fared this semester despite the pandemic.
Virginia governor Ralph Northam announced new COVID-19 mitigation measures Friday afternoon which expand the current mask mandate, prohibit on-site alcohol sales after 10:00 p.m., strengthen enforcement within essential retail businesses and limit gatherings to 25 people — down from the current maximum of 250. The executive order, effective on midnight Sunday, comes as the Commonwealth averages 1,500 new reported cases of COVID-19 per day.
While some races were declared soon after polls closed Tuesday night, the results of others — such as the VA-05 congressional race — remained up in the air. Dr. Cameron Webb conceded the race to Republican candidate Bob Good early Wednesday morning. The Webb campaign conceded when the number of outstanding ballots was unable to make up the difference between Webb and Good.
The University announced Thursday its plans to begin the spring semester Feb. 1 for undergraduate students and conclude May 6. In order to limit travel to and from Charlottesville, the traditional weeklong Spring Break will be canceled and replaced with shorter breaks throughout the semester.
The daily average number of new cases of COVID-19 in the University community dropped to 14 this week, after four weeks of daily averages at or above 20. Last week, from Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, the University recorded an average of 26 new cases of COVID-19 per day.
New University COVID-19 guidelines went into effect Sept. 23 mandating mask-wearing and barring students and faculty from gathering in groups larger than five or traveling to or from Charlottesville. Three days later, fans from in and outside of Charlottesville flocked to Scott Stadium to watch on as Virginia Football secured a 38-20 win against Duke University in the team’s season opener.
Albemarle County removed its “Johnny Reb” Confederate statue and nearby cannons and stacks of cannonballs from the county courthouse Saturday morning.
University President Jim Ryan sat down for a 20-minute Zoom interview with The Cavalier Daily Wednesday afternoon to discuss the return of students to Grounds and the start of in-person learning.
Thousands of first-year students moved into on-Grounds dormitories Sept. 3 through Sept. 6, several of whom said they came in search of one thing — the “college experience.” Or, whatever sort of college experience they could untangle from a university in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students were unable to access the University’s online course management and collaboration system — UVACollab — Monday due to an outage on the site.
University Student Council passed resolutions in support of an extension of the spring semester’s credit/no credit grading policy and “U.Va. RA’s” and their demands in a Tuesday night general body meeting.
Residents of the International Residential College, Johnson, Malone and Weedon Houses and Shea House were given just 24 hours to choose a housing reassignment or remain off-Grounds after learning on Friday at 8:00 p.m. that their dormitories were being converted into quarantine and isolation areas.
36 University students have tested positive for COVID-19 before the start of fall classes, according to University spokesperson Brian Coy.
The University’s Racial Equity Task Force released its final report titled “Audacious Future: Commitment Required” Monday, recommending the University adopt 12 initiatives to promote systemic change and racial equity through significant investments in financial resources, leadership and accountability.
After a tenure review widely believed to be riddled with racial bias, a lengthy appeal process and national outcry, the Curry School of Education and Human Development has pivoted its position, recommending that professor Dr. Paul Harris be approved for tenure.
After being met with a slew of lawsuits and backlash from hundreds of universities, the Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded a rule issued by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that would have revoked international university students’ visas in the case of an online-only semester.
The University agreed to pay the United States $1 million Tuesday to settle claims from the federal government that it did not properly account for certain rebates and credits received on purchases using federal grants and awards, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Assistant Curry School professor Paul Harris had received positive annual reviews since he stepped into a tenure-track position at the University in 2014. By all impressions, he was well on his way to being tenured this year.
Virginia Athletics announced a change to the V-Sabre and Cavalier Shield logos Monday following controversy over its depiction of the University’s serpentine walls.