Dialogue Scheduled to Address UVa Campus Safety

August 12, 2010

New University of Virginia president, Teresa Sullivan is inviting students, staff, faculty and the rest of the University community to a day of dialogue on prevent violence and increasing campus safety.

In a letter to the university community, Sullivan wrote that she has scheduled a full day, September 24, where students can discuss violence prevention and campus safety. The day of dialogue will also include sessions with several keynote speakers.

The dialogue is in direct response to the death of Yeardley Love, the UVa lacrosse player who was allegedly killed at the hands of member of the men's lacrosse team, George Huguely. Sullivan says the University needs to learn from Love's death, so it will never be repeated.

Sullivan's letter to the University community follows below:

To members of the University community:

After the news of Yeardley Love's death reached me in Ann Arbor last May, I began to think ahead to joining the University of Virginia community and about what we as a community could learn from this horrific event and how we might begin to identify the characteristics of a caring community, one whose members recognize their mutual responsibility for each other.

With the start of the new academic year, it is important to continue the conversation that began in the wake of Yeardley's death. It is my hope that a full day of open and vigorous discussion about violence, violence prevention, and best practices for campus safety will bring us together in new ways so that each of us can feel safe to participate fully in the life of the University.

To that end, a Day of Dialogue has been scheduled for Friday, Sept. 24. There will be several plenary sessions with keynote speakers as well as a number of thought-provoking concurrent sessions.

Our goal is to develop interdisciplinary relationships that will serve as the foundation for the caring community we seek to create.

I encourage all members of our community -- students, staff and faculty -- to mark your calendars and plan to join me for what should be ground-breaking discussions.

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