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Concert Update and Welcome Week 2017

August 18, 2017

To the University Community:

As chair of the University Programs Council, an organization on Grounds founded to provide welcoming and inclusive events and spaces for students, I and the rest of our Council are grateful for the opportunity to welcome students to Grounds this upcoming week. However, I feel we would not be following through on this promise of inclusion if we did not speak out against the hatred and violence our community has recently experienced.

Starting the New Year

August 16, 2017

Dear Students:

I begin this message with a warm welcome to our new students. We look forward to introducing you to the UVA family and all the opportunities that await you as a member of this community. I've enjoyed meeting you and your parents over the summer, and I am anticipating the many ways in which you will be contributing to this special place.

An Update From President Sullivan

August 15, 2017

Dear Members of the University Community:

Last Friday torch-bearing protestors marched on our Grounds prior to Saturday’s rally and protests in downtown Charlottesville. Emotions remain raw in our community. We all mourn the loss of life on Saturday, the injuries, and the resulting distress. And we feel anger and frustration at the hateful messages that were directed to valued members of our community. Beginning to heal as a community from this trauma takes time and energy. And we must do so together.

An Update for UVA Parents

August 15, 2017

Dear Parents:

We remain as enthusiastic as ever about the arrival this week of our new and returning students. It will be our privilege to serve as a continuing resource for them and to provide a safe, welcoming, and richly diverse environment for them to pursue their interests and aspirations. At the same time, the emotions of this past weekend remain very raw. Anger, fear, sadness, and disbelief have been left behind in the wake of the violence and hate brought here, largely by outsiders representing the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other white supremacist groups.

University Returns to Regular Operating Schedule

August 13, 2017

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.

An Important Community Update From President Sullivan

August 12, 2017

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.

Important Message from President Sullivan (to the University Community)

August 12, 2017

Dear Members of the University Community:

All of us are profoundly concerned and disturbed by incidents occurring this weekend related to the “Unite the Right” rally in downtown Charlottesville. 

Last night, alt-right protestors carrying torches marched on UVA’s Grounds, attempting to intimidate bystanders and spread their message of intolerance and hate. There were several violent altercations during and after the march, and minor injuries were reported, including one University police officer who was injured while making an arrest.  

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