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In separate statements issued Friday, both the Inter-Sorority Council and Inter-Fraternity Council suspended all in-person gatherings, effective immediately. The ISC ban will be in place until at least March 12 while the IFC said it plans to reevaluate its suspension at the end of March.
The University’s COVID-19 tracker reported 252 new cases Thursday through Sunday, bringing the total number of active cases at the University to 840. This more than doubles the 108 new cases reported over the same four-day period last week.
University administrators answered questions regarding the recent spike in COVID-19 cases within the University community and speculation that it is due to in-person Greek life recruitment at a virtual town hall Friday afternoon. The seven panelists also discussed vaccine efficacy, the presence of the B.1.1.7. U.K. variant and plans for next fall, among other topics.
A burglary was reported to Charlottesville police Saturday at approximately 3:20 a.m., according to a University-wide email sent by Chief of Police Tim Longo on Monday. The break-in took place in the 400 block of 14th Street, which consists of houses with one apartment building.
The University announced in an update Friday that first-year applicants for undergraduate admission will not be required to submit standardized test scores in the Fall 2022 and 2023 application cycles.
University School of Medicine alumna Dr. Sherita Hill Golden discussed the impacts of two interwoven issues — systemic racism and COVID-19 — on Americans in a virtual discussion held Tuesday by the University’s Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as part of the Community Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy.
In a semester unlike any other, students at the University have had to adapt to many changes in the school calendar — this year, students were asked to take their finals from home, but had the option to remain on Grounds only if they intended to stay there until the start of winter break. The University is continuing prevalence testing over the break and requiring that students staying in Charlottesville be tested once a week at the Central Grounds Garage.
Third-year College student Alex Briegel wrote an open letter to the Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship at the University after they pressured him to step down from his leadership position, citing disagreement in religious beliefs after Briegel told them he was in a relationship with another man.
The University announced Oct. 22 that they will be replacing the traditional week-long Spring Break with multiple shorter breaks throughout the semester in an effort to limit travel. The intended break days are Wednesday, Feb. 17; Tuesday, March 9; Monday, March 29; and Thursday, April 15, while students are concerned about having to manage an entire semester without extended breaks.
Wastewater indicators have suggested potential COVID-19 infections in five first-year dormitories — Balz-Dobie, Lefevre, Echols, Kellogg and Hancock — so far, necessitating mandatory quarantines so that residents could comply with the University’s testing guidelines.
UPDATE: Residents of Balz-Dobie were notified Thursday at 9:16 p.m. that there were 10 additional positive cases in the dorm, bringing the total to 15 cases following yesterday's testing. The students with positive results will be moved to isolation housing, and their close contacts will be moved to quarantine housing.