We have arrived at the end of a tumultuous week for our country. The tensions witnessed nationally also are in evidence here at the University. Students are experiencing a range of emotions, with shock, anger, sadness, and uncertainty seeming to predominate. Whether supporting the winning side or the losing side, many students are navigating an intense environment right now. We acknowledge this current environment and ensure you that we are here to support all of our students.
The University of Virginia Police Department takes seriously its mission to serve and protect the UVA community. Our officers consider it an honor to work for a University that prides itself on the virtues of honor, trust and integrity.
I was disappointed to learn of reports that UPD personnel allegedly used the public address system in their vehicle inappropriately following the results of the election in the early morning hours on Wednesday. UPD is investigating this incident and takes this matter seriously.
Election Day is tomorrow and, for many of us, this is the first time we will be voting in a presidential or general election. The checklist of questions included below should help you finalize your voting plan, including transportation options that are available (see below). Make a plan and stick to it. Your vote matters.
As you are aware from prior emails from University leaders and coverage in the local media, bias-motivated incidents at the University have increased this fall. There are several theories for why this may be occurring, including the tone and tenor of the ongoing national election. In the past day, we have seen additional incidents of hateful acts, including a racial slur used against African-American students and a homophobic slur placed on another student's door, both occurring in on-Grounds residential communities.
Sometime yesterday afternoon or evening, an unknown individual or individuals wrote a message on the wall next to the door of two Muslim students living in Brown Residential College. The message consisted of the word “terrorist” with an arrow pointing to the students' door, written in lead pencil. It is our belief this graffiti was placed at this specific location to target and intimidate the residents who live in this room. As a community, we categorically reject and condemn this type of hateful message.