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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.
A new union made up of University employees has launched its inaugural campaign, #ActFastUVA, which demands that the University address student, worker and community concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustice. Citing the University administration’s “lack of transparency and unclear priorities,” the campaign calls on the University to move classes fully online this fall and cancel move-in for the majority of students living on Grounds, among other initiatives.
Virginia Athletics announced Friday that there have been no new positive tests of COVID-19 among student-athletes since July 24.
Due to the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games until next summer, Olympic hopefuls worldwide have had their lives and careers turned upside-down. Both sophomore swimmer Kate Douglass and senior swimmer Paige Madden were looking forward to competing for a spot to represent the United States at the Games this summer, but are now looking to use the extra year to prepare for 2021.
Due to Virginia Athletics’ 10 percent budget cut announced just after the cancellation of March Madness this year, both Virginia Cheerleading and the Virginia Dance Team have been forced to conduct tryouts virtually and cut the size of their teams to 12 members each. Though neither group has started conducting in-person practices yet, both are preparing for what is sure to be an atypical football season.
After months of discussion and planning, the ACC Board of Directors announced official plans for all fall sports today. Among other details, the ACC stated that all seven ACC-sponsored fall sports will begin competition the week of Sept. 7.
Two additional student-athletes have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of positive test results to four, according to a press release from Virginia Athletics. Of the athletic department’s four total cases, three are Virginia football players, who were required to return to Grounds for training July 15.
In response to a letter written by students and alumni of the University’s School of Architecutre, Dean Ila Berman announced several anti-racist efforts that the school plans to take to improve inclusion and equity.
Nationwide protests in response to the death of George Floyd and police brutality have reignited debate over the removal of statues commemorating Confederate war generals and other insensitive depictions in both Richmond and Charlottesville. Both Gov. Ralph Northam, D-Va., and Charlottesville’s City Council have announced commitments to removing their statues of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
U.S. Lacrosse announced May 21 that Amy Slade, current UMBC Coach and former Virginia lacrosse player, will be inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Slade joins seven other inductees this year and will be inducted in a ceremony Oct. 17 in Hunt Valley, Md.
Students from the Religious Studies Graduate Student Association have crafted a petition calling on the University to support graduate students during the COVID-19 pandemic. To encourage a response from University administration, students from the RSGSA — in coordination with other groups across the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences — launched the #6AsksUVA campaign.