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A shots fired incident was reported to Charlottesville Police in the 500 block of 12th Street NW at 9:13 p.m. Wednesday, the second report of shots fired this week. Timothy Longo, associate vice president for safety and security and chief of the University Police Department, shared the report with the University community in a community alert.
U.Va. Health is requiring all employees to receive COVID-19 vaccination by the beginning of November. Anyone who remains unvaccinated as of Nov. 1 will face disciplinary action, which may include employment termination.
If the Delta variant continues its current trajectory and behaviors do not change, Charlottesville could see a peak in cases during the week ending Aug. 29 — the first week of classes for undergraduate students.
The Charlottesville City Council voted unanimously to remove the Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson statues during a public hearing Monday night, taking action that has been four years in the making. The earliest that the statues can be removed is 30 days from Monday on July 8.
The University’s Board of Visitors discussed the College at Wise’s 10-year strategic plan and growth in both enrollment and endowment, approved an academic and health systems audit plan for the 2021-2023 fiscal years and provided updates on the University’s transplant center and COVID-19 response during a series of meetings Thursday.
The Charlottesville Police Department is investigating a report of shots fired on Elliewood Avenue, according to a University-wide community alert sent early Friday morning. The incident occurred around 12:45 a.m. Friday.
As students and alumni departed Charlottesville following the end of final exams and Final Exercises for the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020, for many, the challenges faced throughout the course of the spring semester have become a distant memory. Today, most students have had the opportunity to receive their first and second doses of the vaccine through U.Va. Health or their local health districts and cases within the community are at an all-time low — still, reaching this point required navigating a series of record-breaking caseloads, including a high of 229 cases on Feb. 16, fluctuating gathering limits and ever-changing public health guidelines.
Final Exercises for the Class of 2020 were held in-person in Scott Stadium Sunday after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the traditional graduation ceremony into a year of cancellations and postponements. The ceremony was originally scheduled to be held over two days on May 16 and 17, 2020 — exactly one year earlier.
University leadership announced that those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear a mask indoors or outdoors in an email to the community late Friday afternoon. The changes will go into effect Saturday at 9 a.m. and are in accordance with newly announced statewide and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.
Charlottesville City Council met Monday night to discuss plans surrounding the Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson statues. Excluding a budget amendment resolution, all City Council members approved the rest of the meeting’s consent agenda, which included authorizing the publication of a notice of City Council’s intention to remove, relocate, contextualize or cover the Lee and Jackson statues. The Council will also hold a public hearing on the next steps for the statues.
The Naming and Memorials committee is hosting a listening session on the future of the Frank Hume Memorial Fountain Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. to give University community members the opportunity to share their input on the next steps the University should take regarding the statue. The committee is hoping to make a recommendation on the future of the memorial by the next Board of Visitors meeting in June and will be taking these public comments in account during that decision-making process.
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.”