To the University Community:
I write to request your assistance in continuing efforts this evening to ensure the safety of our community after today’s senseless violence sparked by the “Unite the Right” rally.
Importantly, our UVA hospital remains open, and health system employees should report for work as scheduled. Academic Division designated employees should also report to work as regularly scheduled.
Due to the current declaration of a State of Emergency in Virginia, the Governor’s office is urging all members of our community to stay home this evening. The safety and well-being of all members of our community is my most important priority as president. I ask that you help by staying off the streets tonight as our public safety officials work to maintain order and offer assistance to those who are in need.
Please also join me in offering heartfelt thanks to members of multiple law enforcement agencies, first-responders and other public servants who put themselves in harm’s way today to protect our community.
I also ask you to keep in your thoughts and prayers those who lost their lives or were injured today. Such violence violates common decency and the most basic values that we hold as a community.
Teresa A. Sullivan