Dear Members of the University Community:
I write to inform you that the University of Virginia has returned to a regular operating schedule.
The series of events that have transpired in Charlottesville and on Grounds this past weekend are tragic. We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of those who lost their lives, and also express our concern to those who were injured. We also recognize the emotional and psychological impact that these events may cause to members of our University and broader communities.
I want to express our sincere appreciation to the members of the University community – faculty, staff and students –who worked tirelessly over the weekend in support of our educational and health care mission, particularly our colleagues in the UVA Medical Center.
The safety and well-being of all UVA community members continues to be our top priority. Next weekend, thousands of new students and hundreds of new faculty and staff will arrive on our Grounds to begin a new academic term.
Students seeking support during this difficult time can contact UVA Counseling and Psychological Services at (434) 243-5150 during the day or at (434) 972-7004 after hours and on weekends. Additional information may be found online at http://www.virginia.edu/studenthealth/caps.html.
Faculty and staff, in both the academic division and the medical center, may contact the Faculty and Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) if they need to speak with a counselor or obtain a referral to other confidential resources that may be available. You may schedule an appointment with a FEAP consultant by calling (434) 243-2643 or by visiting http://www.medicalcenter.virginia.edu/feap/general-information.
The weekend events do not define Charlottesville or the University of Virginia. Our community comes together in times of great need, and in the coming days we will continue an important dialogue and begin the healing process.
In the days, weeks and months ahead, there will be important opportunities to discuss as a community the events of this past weekend and how our community of trust and mutual respect can further demonstrate and underscore our shared values.
Teresa A. Sullivan