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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.
UPDATE (Sept. 20, 1:45 p.m.): Three cases of COVID-19 were identified within Lefevre, the University announced Sunday. There were previously no known cases prior to Friday's testing.
Around 100 community members gathered around the University’s George Rogers Clark monument on the Corner Thursday evening in support of various demands put forth by Indigenous community activists. The demonstration came one day before President Jim Ryan and the Board of Visitors are set to discuss Racial Equity Task Force recommendations and the University’s historic landscape.
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.
Students and organizations who do not comply with the University’s gathering capacity, mask wearing and social distancing guidelines will face disciplinary action, Dean of Students Allen Groves stressed in a video message to students Saturday. The University has already received reports of “significant non-compliance,” he added, which the University classifies as conduct that “intentionally or recklessly threatens the health or safety of the University community.”
The University’s George Rogers Clark Statue continues to garner significant public criticism for its blatant display of Clark’s violence against indigenous people. On Monday morning, University police discovered the statue and pedestal covered in red paint, which facilities workers removed, and University police logged that Clark’s head was “nearly decapitated” the following day.
The University plans to start the Fall 2020 semester on-time and in-person, introducing various adjustments to academic operations, student life and public health measures, the University announced today. The announcement builds on a May 28 community-wide email that originally stated the semester would begin on Grounds Aug. 25, as originally scheduled.
John L. Nau III — a University alumnus of the College’s Class of 1968 and former member of the Board of Visitors — has donated $27.5 million in support of the College’s recently established Democracy Initiative, the University announced Wednesday.
University President Jim Ryan spoke with CBS “Face the Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan, a University alumnus, Sunday morning about how COVID-19 is impacting plans to bring students back to Grounds. Acknowledging that the University has not canceled fall semester, or even all summer session courses, Ryan said that reaching a decision is dependent on guidelines determined by public health concerns, which could require University-wide testing, the ability to contact trace individuals affected by the virus and the means to isolate exposed individuals.
After extensive deliberation regarding alleged violations of endorsing procedure policies, the University Board of Elections disclosed Thursday that two violations occurred in the 2020 election of Student Council president, vice president for administration and vice president for operations. However, investigators from UBE’s executive board found the violations did not impact the outcome of the election, and therefore did not require further action.
The University introduced efforts to support workers furloughed by its contractors — such as Aramark — in an announcement from University President Jim Ryan to the University community Monday. The efforts include establishing a $2 million emergency assistance fund for the University’s contract workers and an additional $1 million to Charlottesville Area Community Foundation efforts.
University Provost Liz Magill announced Wednesday evening the default grading system is now credit/no credit for all spring semester undergraduate courses that have not yet completed coursework. Courses that are graded CR/NC — rather than with letter grades A through F — will not be factored into students’ grade point average, but they will count toward curricular, major and graduation requirements if completed with a letter grade equivalent of C or better.
Patricia Lampkin, vice president and chief student affairs officer, issued an email statement Friday night asking that parents and guardians of University students enforce the University’s request that all students return home if possible — particularly students who live off-Grounds and expressed a desire to remain in Charlottesville.
A female victim reported an attempted robbery to University police Saturday night, according to a right-to-know alert issued by Tim Longo, chief of University police and associate vice president for safety and security. The incident occurred at 10:31 p.m. at the Colonnades at Lambeth Field.
Third-year College student Hunter Wagenaar announced that he is dropping out of the race for Student Council president during his closing remarks of The Cavalier Daily’s fourth-annual presidential candidate forum Monday night. The University Board of Elections is investigating Wagenaar’s allegations regarding violations of endorsing procedure policies.
University staff received report of a sexual assault Sunday afternoon, according to a timely warning email issued to the University community by Tim Longo, interim chief of University police and associate vice president for safety and security. The reported incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. Saturday in an on-Grounds residence hall.
The University released early action admission decisions Friday evening for the incoming Class of 2024. According to statistics provided by Dean of Admissions Gregory Roberts, out of the 25,160 students that applied in the early action cycle, 5,220 were offered admission — a 20.7 percent acceptance rate. Last year’s early action pool had an acceptance rate of 26 percent.
University President Jim Ryan and Kevin G. McDonald, vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, announced Thursday that the University will be adopting an Inclusive Excellence framework pursuant to the 2030 Plan, which was approved by the Board of Visitors Aug. 2019.
Charlottesville and University police responded to reports of shots fired shortly after 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to a University-wide community alert issued by Timothy Longo, interim chief of University police and associate vice president for safety and security. The incident occurred at 12:41 a.m. inside The Hole bar at 11 Elliewood Avenue.
University Police arrested Charlottesville resident Anthony Lyle Lee Jr. Saturday, after a verbal altercation led to shots fired. He was charged with attempted malicious wounding and is being held at the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail.