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A Message to Our Students

January 18, 2019
All Students
Allen W. Groves, University Dean of Students

Dear students:

Yesterday, University officials were made aware of an incident that occurred sometime late Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning.  One of our National Pan-Hellenic Council groups, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, painted a positive message on Beta Bridge to celebrate their 99th anniversary as an organization.  Zeta Phi Beta has a rich history as one of the pioneers in Greek life for African-American women.  A photograph shared with the University showed that one or more individuals painted graffiti over part of the Zeta Phi Beta message.

University officials offered immediate support to the women of Zeta Phi Beta last night.  We also wish to make a public statement strongly condemning this racially motivated targeting of the sorority’s positive message on Beta Bridge.  We are very glad Zeta Phi Beta is part of the UVA Greek community and this institution is better for their presence here.  The women of Zeta Phi Beta have our unwavering support as they celebrate their founding this week.


Maurice Apprey
Dean of African-American Affairs

Gloria Graham
Associate Vice President
Safety and Security

Allen W. Groves
University Dean of Students

Catherine Spear
Associate Vice President
Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights