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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.
Commerce Prof. Jeffery Leopold is facing backlash from Student Council and the Organization of African Students at U.Va. for racially insensitive comments he made during a Zoom session of his Foundations of Commerce class Oct 2.
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.
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.
University President Jim Ryan offered students advice and guidance in dealing with the results of Election Day in a University-wide email Monday afternoon.
Masks, midterms and mandatory testing — this is the reality that the more than 200,000 students attending Virginia’s 15 four-year public colleges and universities have faced since returning to school. Despite the possibility of contracting COVID-19, freshmen and upperclassmen alike moved into on and off-campus housing this fall, unsure of what to expect. From Charlottesville to Blacksburg, it has become clear that this fall has been a semester like no other. So far, it’s unclear when — or if — things will return to normal.
Students will be able to opt into a credit/general credit/no credit grading system between Nov. 2 and Nov. 6 for their classes this semester, per a University-wide email sent Friday afternoon by Provost Liz Magill. Unlike last semester, when credit/general credit/no credit was the default option for grades, students must opt in no later than Nov. 6 — about one month before final exams.
As of Wednesday, a total of 232 cases of COVID-19 have been identified among first-year residence halls and Lawn residents, 33 of which have been reported since the start of October. Twenty of the University’s 27 first-year dormitories and all Lawn residents have undergone testing.
University President Jim Ryan addressed controversy over critical signs posted on Lawn room doors and criticism of the Board of Visitors’ recent vote to contextualize the Thomas Jefferson statue in written remarks issued Friday. The University will consider imposing regulations on Lawn room residents as early as next year, according to Ryan.
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.
University President Jim Ryan announced further restrictions for students, faculty and staff living both on and off Grounds in the Charlottesville-Albemarle region in a video announcement posted to social media Tuesday night. The guidelines — which go into effect Wednesday at 9 a.m. — prohibit gatherings of more than five people, reinforce constant use of face coverings and ban travel and visitors for at least the next two weeks.
UPDATE (Sept. 18, 5:45 p.m.): University spokesperson Brian Coy confirmed that there was one additional case reported at the Echols dorm after the email notice to residents went out, bringing the total number of cases to four.
An unidentified user interrupted a virtual “Meet the Greeks” information session Monday night held by the University’s National Panhellenic Council — an umbrella organization for historically predominantly Black Greek organizations — and repeatedly shouted a racist slur, according to a University-wide email sent Tuesday morning by Dean of Students Allen Groves, Kevin McDonald, vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion and community partnerships, and Maurice Apprey, dean of the Office of African-American Affairs. When the student host of the meeting tried to remove the individual, the same racist message appeared on the screen in red letters.
The University has made several changes from the spring semester regarding its Zoom security, policies and best practices for users with U.Va. accounts, such as requiring all meetings to have passwords and banning the recording of class sessions except under special circumstances, among other measures.
University President Jim Ryan provided the Board of Visitors with an update on the University’s reopening and COVID-19 prevention efforts — such as testing and student compliance with public health guidelines — at Friday’s full Board meeting. Director of Athletics Carla Williams also detailed the return of student athletes to Grounds and Mazzen Shalaby, a fourth-year Batten student and student representative to the Board, delivered remarks.
The Board of Visitors voted to endorse the proposals outlined in the racial equity task force’s final report during its meeting Friday. Notably, the Board also voted to approve resolutions to rename the Curry School of Education and Human Development, contextualize the statue of Thomas Jefferson in front of the Rotunda, rededicate or remove the Frank Hume Memorial Wall, remove and relocate the George Rogers Clark statue and rename Withers-Brown Hall at the School of Law.
Mandatory asymptomatic prevalence testing procedures will begin next week for students living on Grounds and in the Charlottesville area this fall, University administration outlined Friday in a University-wide email. The message also announced plans to monitor wastewater from residence halls as well as a new saliva screening program that will start later this month.
Attendance at all home games this fall will be limited to family members of student-athletes and coaching staff until further notice, according to an announcement from Virginia Athletics. This includes competition at Scott Stadium, Klockner Stadium, University Hall Turf Field, Memorial Gymnasium and Panorama Farms.
The University’s senior leadership team announced Friday in a University-wide email that there will be no changes to the University’s plan to welcome on-Grounds residents Sept. 3 and begin in-person instruction Sept. 8.
The University launched a COVID-19 dashboard Wednesday to track the spread of COVID-19 within the community.