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When several hundred white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville five years ago to protest the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue from Market Street Park — then Emancipation Park — they left death and destruction in their wake. On Aug. 12, as “Unite the Right” rally participants were met with counter-protestors on the Downtown Mall, white nationalist James Alex Fields Jr. drove his Dodge Charger towards pedestrians on Fourth Street, injuring dozens and killing Charlottesville resident Heather Heyer.
Charlottesville Police Department officers responded to an incident of aggravated assault Thursday night at 9:26 p.m. on the 1600 block of University Ave., per a community alert sent Thursday by Tim Longo, chief of the University Police Department and vice president for security and safety.
Trigger warning: This article includes mention of sexual assault.
Charlottesville Police Department officers responded to an incident of aggravated assault Saturday night at 9:10 p.m. on the 100 block of Culbreth Road, per a community alert sent by Tim Longo, chief of the University Police Department and vice president for security and safety.
Each year, the Z Society — one of the University’s secret societies — awards the Distinguished Faculty Award to a member of the University faculty who serves as a notable leader and role model to those around them. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Z Society publicly announced its 2021 awardee, Tyler Jo Smith, professor of classical art and archaeology along with 2022 awardee Dan Player, assistant professor of public policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.
Around 75 students and community members gathered at the Rotunda steps Wednesday at noon for an educational teach-in event following a leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court which would overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark case that legalized one’s right to abortion nationwide.
Around 100 students, alumni, professors and community members congregated in Nau Hall Thursday night for an event honoring the life of Otto Warmbier, a then third-year Commerce student, Echols Scholar and member of Theta Chi fraternity who was detained in North Korea in 2016 and passed away 17 months later once returned to the U.S.
The University Police Department extended a previous four-year “no trespass” order for Jason Kessler, “Unite the Right” rally organizer and Class of 2009 alumnus, Wednesday. “No trespass” bans are issued to individuals who break Virginia criminal code, violate University regulations or otherwise place the health and safety of University community members at risk.
This past weekend, over 1,200 alumni and guests attended Black Alumni Weekend events both on and off-Grounds. After the 2021 BAW was postponed due to public health concerns, this was the first in-person BAW since before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019. Programming began with a series of dinners on Thursday evening and ran through Sunday afternoon, closing with a faith-based service and brunch at Alumni Hall.
Over 250 Law students, professors and community members gathered to watch Justice Stephen Breyer accept the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law Tuesday afternoon. Justice Breyer — who has spent 28 years serving on the U.S. Supreme Court and will retire at the end of this term — was given the award for his dedicated commitment to public service and the values of democracy.
Graduate student Reps. Shalmi Barman and TCA Achintya announced their resignation from the Honor Committee in a committee-wide email Thursday, citing frustration at the way the Committee and its leadership have functioned over the course of the previous year and how University-wide elections were conducted this spring.
The Centers for Disease Control reclassified Charlottesville City and Albemarle County’s COVID-19 community level from “high” to “medium” Thursday. The CDC uses three metrics to measure the community levels — new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, total cases per 100,0-00 residents, both measured weekly, and the percentage of inpatient hospital occupant beds occupied by COVID-19 patients.
Students voted by a four-to-one ratio to pass a referendum to the Honor constitution in early March. This historic vote — which reduces the sanction of expulsion to a two-semester leave of absence — marked the largest change to the Honor system since its inception over 150 years ago.
Former vice president Mike Pence will speak at the University April 12 at an event hosted by the University’s chapter of Young Americans for Freedom. The event will take place in Old Cabell Hall and is a part of Young America’s Foundation’s Ken and Janice Shengold Advancing Freedom lecture series.
The University Board of Elections announced results of the student body elections Friday evening. Fourth-year College student Ceci Cain was elected Student Council president with 73.4 of the vote. Students also voted to pass the historic Honor referenda, which changes the single sanction for committing an Honor offense from expulsion to a two-semester leave of absence, marking the largest change ever made to the Honor system since its inception in the 1840s.
The Health System Board opened Thursday’s Meeting of the Board sessions with remarks from the School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Medical Center, while the Board of Visitors’ Committee on the University’s College at Wise met Friday to discuss enrollment figures and the school’s funding requests.
The Board of Visitors will meet Wednesday through Friday in one of its quarterly meetings to discuss an addition to Fontaine Research Park, changing the name of Maury Hall and interview candidates to serve as the student member of the Board.
Sergeant Ben Rexrode of the University Police Department released a press release Tuesday afternoon announcing that the University of Virginia Police Department obtained several warrants for Larry Allen Young in connection with an incident on Grounds Monday evening.
After the University Police Department and Charlottesville Police Department responded to an initial armed robbery report, an individual was found in the restricted construction area behind Alderman Library and was taken into custody. A weapon was discovered on the scene, but UPD and CPD are not aware of any shots being fired on Grounds during this incident, per a press release.
The weekly average of COVID-19 cases per day for both students and faculty remained low over the weekend, with no new cases reported Friday through Sunday. There are a total of 69 individuals currently hospitalized for COVID-19 at U.Va. Health, down significantly from 98 this time last week.