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University President Jim Ryan notified graduating students that Final Exercises will not be held as usual this May in an email to the Class of 2021 Wednesday. Ryan said the decision was made based on the size of gatherings permitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia as well as travel advisories. In a separate statement, Ryan also announced the postponement of Final Exercises for the Class of 2020 until the summer of 2022.
University President Jim Ryan sat down for an interview with The Cavalier Daily ahead of the full meeting of the Board of Visitors Friday to discuss the start of the spring semester and proposals that the Board will consider.
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 lifted its ban on in-person gatherings and said it would be returning to a six-person gathering limit in a University-wide email sent Friday. After restricting movement outside residences to essential activity only Feb. 16, students are now also free to resume normal activity following health and safety guidelines.
The University has implemented additional restrictions on the signage Lawn room residents can put on their doors following controversy over signs posted last semester. According to the addendum to the Terms and Conditions for Lawn and Range Residents, Housing and Residence Life will affix two message boards to each Lawn room door, to which residents are permitted to attach messages or paper materials.
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.
The University released its decisions on Lawn rooms for the 2021-2022 school year Feb. 12. Forty-seven students have been offered Lawn rooms, while the seven remaining rooms are reserved for specific awards and organizations. Demographic data provided by Dean of Students Allen Groves shows an increase in the number of students of color offered Lawn rooms — from only 32 percent of offers last year to nearly 60 percent this year.
The University banned all in-person gatherings and urged students living on and off Grounds to restrict movement outside residences to essential activities in a University-wide email Tuesday afternoon. The announcement comes following a “troubling” increase in COVID-19 cases and the spread of the more contagious B.1.1.7 variant of the virus. The policy will go into effect Tuesday at 7 p.m. and will be reevaluated Feb. 26.
Student Council will automatically mute microphones and deactivate cameras and Zoom’s chat function during meetings for the foreseeable future, among a few other smaller features, per a Student Council Executive Board statement released Monday.
The University extended its six-person gathering limit, confirmed the presence of the B.1.1.7. U.K. variant of the virus in the community and acknowledged rising University COVID-19 case numbers in a Return to Grounds update Friday afternoon.
The University has announced the creation of two new committees, one focused on free speech and expression and the other examining the names of University institutions and the contextualization and status of memorials on Grounds.
UPDATE: After testing all residents, zero additional cases were found in the residence hall. Residents of Gibbons were permitted to leave the building starting Wednesday morning.
Provost Liz Magill and Chief Operating Officer J.J. Davis outlined the logistics of mandatory weekly testing this semester, clarified the consequences for students who fail to report for testing and announced the installation of heated outdoor tents and fire pits for small group gatherings in a Return to Grounds email sent Thursday afternoon.
Governor Ralph Northam extended an executive order aimed at slowing the progress of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth at a press conference Wednesday. The executive order establishes a daily curfew between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m., mandates a gathering restriction of 10 people, requires that masks be worn in both indoor and outdoor settings within six feet of another person and bans the sale of alcohol after 10 p.m., among other restrictions.
Students traveled back to Charlottesville for spring semester move-in this week. Despite the increase in cases nationwide the past two months, students reported being excited to return, yet cautious of the health risks that remain a pressing concern. Move-in for students living in on-Grounds housing began Tuesday and continued through the weekend.
Former delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, hosted a virtual roundtable with Charlottesville small business owners Tuesday evening. During the event, Carroll Foy discussed her plans to safely reopen Virginia’s economy and promote small businesses.
A University Police Department internal investigation found “poor judgment” by an officer in a November incident on the Corner that, according to Defund Charlottesville Police, resulted in a local man seeking medical attention at U.Va. Health for three broken ribs. The officer involved was placed on administrative leave and is required to undergo several weeks of training, then will return to the job.
The University will move forward with its plan to begin in-person classes Feb. 1, leadership announced in an email update Friday afternoon. The University cites their information on the pandemic and the University’s capacity to combat it, in-person instruction allowing the University to monitor compliance from off-Grounds students and lack of evidence of transmission through the classroom or into the Charlottesville-Albemarle community as reasons for this decision.
U.Va. Health, the Blue Ridge Health District and the state of Virginia have experienced a rise in cases, hospitalizations and deaths as the winter has progressed. So far, the University has not announced any changes to its plans for the spring semester — classes are scheduled to begin Feb. 1 and on-Grounds students will move in starting Jan. 29.