April 28, 2015

President Sullivan's message on 2015/04/28 to University community regarding the November 2014 publication in Rolling Stone magazine of "A Rape on Campus" (later retracted).

One is a series of emails sent by University President Teresa Sullivan to students that mention or focus on sexual assault and the Rolling Stone articles.
Teresa Sullivan
Dear Students: 4/28/15

Today, on the last day of classes, we are nearing the conclusion of what can only be described as a challenging and traumatic year at UVa. As we prepare to celebrate the joyful occasion of Finals Weekend in Charlottesville, we are aware that severe challenges and trauma continue in other parts of the nation and the world.

The magnitude of the earthquake's devastation in Nepal is astounding, with more than 4,300 lives lost. Some estimates project that the death toll could reach as high as 10,000. At least 20 of our students are citizens of Nepal, and many of our students and faculty members travel there for various reasons. We are connecting with our Nepalese students here in Charlottesville, and we are trying to reach members of the UVa family who are in Nepal to confirm their well-being and to offer assistance. Recovering from this disaster will require a long-term effort. I encourage you to consider supporting the relief organizations that are providing assistance. Public Radio International has compiled a list of vetted charities that are doing relief work here.

Closer to home, Baltimore residents are in the midst of a public crisis following the death of an African-American man while in police custody. Sadly, we must now add Freddie Gray's name to the list of African-American men who have died recently during encounters with police. At least 40 of our students are from Baltimore, and more than 3,000 of our alumni live in the Baltimore area. They are in our thoughts and prayers as the turmoil continues.

Violent incidents and catastrophes occurring near and far can add to the stress that students may experience as you prepare for final exams and the end of the school year. Remember to contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) if you would like assistance and support. You may call 243-5150 to arrange for a screening and make an appointment. If you are in crisis or need immediate assistance, you may walk into CAPS without an appointment. CAPS is located in the Elson Student Health Center at the corner of Jefferson Park Avenue and Brandon Avenue, with regular business hours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. After business hours and on weekends, you can reach a CAPS counselor at 972-7004.

As you contend with complex emotions at the conclusion of a challenging year, I hope you will also experience the moments of pure joy and pride that you deserve. You have worked hard, and together with your classmates, you have shown exceptional leadership during difficult days. To our graduating students: I wish you success and happiness as you begin an exciting new chapter of your life. To our returning students: please enjoy your summer and return safely to us in the fall.

Teresa Sullivan
Date Added July 27, 2016
Date Modifed August 12, 2016
Collection Rolling Stone article 11/19/2014, "A Rape on Campus"

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