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Governor Ralph Northam signed a bill April 1 that will require five major public universities in Virginia to make reparations for their ties to slavery. Under this new legislation, the University — along with Longwood University, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Virginia Military Institute and the College of William & Mary — are required to identify and memorialize the enslaved people who worked for their universities as well as offer a “tangible benefit,” such as a college scholarship or community-based development program, for individuals and communities with historic ties to slavery.
Martha Minow, distinguished legal scholar and former dean of Harvard Law School, presented the annual Grob Lecture on American Jewish Life Tuesday night, discussing her new book “When Should Law Forgive?” and themes of Jewish and American history. The lecture took the form of a webinar conversation with James Loeffler — the Jay Berkowitz professor of Jewish History and the Ida and Nathan Kolodiz director of the Jewish Studies Program.
University President Jim Ryan announced Friday that the University is planning to hold Final Exercises in person this May thanks to new guidance on in-person graduation ceremonies announced by Gov. Ralph Northam in mid-March.
The Charlottesville Police Department is investigating a sexual assault that occurred at approximately 11:40 p.m. Thursday in the area of University Circle, according to a community-wide alert sent by Chief of Police Tim Longo early Friday morning.
The University announced plans for the summer 2021 academic terms in a spring email update Thursday. All summer session courses will be taught online as was the case last summer, with Session I taking place May 24 to June 17, Session II taking place June 21 to July 17 and Session III taking place July 19 to Aug. 13. Students will also continue to have the option of taking courses for credit/general credit/no credit.
The University increased its outdoor gathering limit to 25 individuals following a continued decline in COVID-19 cases, according to an email from Dean of Students Allen Groves Tuesday. The indoor gathering limit remains at six individuals.
The University’s COVID-19 tracker reported zero new cases Sunday for the second week in a row. Four new cases were reported Thursday, three Friday and one Saturday, bringing the total number of cases this spring to 1,697.
University President Jim Ryan and Provost Liz Magill announced Robyn Hadley as the University’s next vice president and chief student affairs officer in a community-wide email sent Thursday. Hadley will succeed Patricia Lampkin, who retired this month after over 20 years in the role.
In a letter Wednesday, Jewish student leaders “denounce, in the strongest of terms, the recently-surfaced antisemitic comments” made by Gavin Oxley, Student Council presidential candidate and third-year College student. In the comments, which were made in response to a pro-life Instagram post, Oxley compared abortion to the Holocaust, calling abortion “the greatest genocide of all time.”
Third-year College students Abel Liu and Gavin Oxley discussed their platforms and fielded questions from The Cavalier Daily and community members at the fifth annual Student Council presidential candidate forum Monday night. The forum was co-hosted by The Cavalier Daily, University Board of Elections and the U.Va. Democracy Initiative’s Student Advisory Council.
The Academic and Student Life Committee of the Board of Visitors met Friday afternoon to approve the establishment of 11 new professorships and two new degree programs. The committee also made enrollment projections for the next seven years and heard from two professors about their experiences with hybrid teaching. Following the committee meeting, the full Board met to provide a summary and conclusion of the meetings that took place Wednesday through Friday.
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’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.
The first results from the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American student survey conducted by two members of the Asian Student Union last year were released Feb. 1. Since a large amount of data was collected from nearly 900 respondents, the findings have been divided into several reports that will gradually be released in the coming months. The first report focuses on the demographics of the APIDA population at the University.
The University addressed frustrations with the new COVID-19 restrictions and detailed its compliance reporting process in a University-wide email Thursday afternoon. The announcement comes after many students have expressed concerns about individual and group noncompliance with COVID-19 policies.
The Virginia Department of Health launched a centralized website Tuesday allowing residents of Virginia to pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine. By pre-registering, individuals are added to the vaccine waitlist and will receive updates when they are eligible to receive the shots. The process does not schedule an appointment.
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.
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.
U.Va. Health announced in a tweet Jan. 26 that some non-medical employees and students from the University had signed up to get vaccinated for COVID-19 despite being ineligible to receive the vaccine from the University. Currently, only U.Va. Health employees are eligible to get vaccinated at U.Va. Health.