Dear Kent Dabney,
Sometime early this morning, our dorm was vandalized and hate speech was written on several peoples’ doors, walls, and white boards. The words written were derogatory racial slurs that have no place in our community. There is no excuse for this behavior and it will not be tolerated. I am deeply disappointed and saddened by this act of prejudice and hatred towards our community.
UVA is intended to be an extraordinary community, especially for its First Year Students. It is supposed to be a place in which EVERYONE may feel happy, safe, and able to be their full self. Events like this seriously harm our community. It makes many of our community members (including myself) feel unsafe, unwelcome, and unwanted. To anyone who may feel this way, I sincerely apologize and wish for you to know that I, and the entire Kent-Dabney RA staff, welcome you here, want you here, and hope that you may always feel safe.
In an effort to provide space for reflection and discussion about this event, myself and all of your RAs will be available throughout the evening on and off of coverage to discuss what happened.
Kent Dabney is our home. Together, we can make this a community more than just a place where we sleep and study. Together, we can aim to be extraordinary. My hope is that we may all move forward with compassion in our hearts, understanding in our minds, and an appreciation for how our actions can impact those around us. Please reach out if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.
If anyone has any information regarding who may have participate in this act, please reach out to myself, your RA, the Dean on Call (434-243-3326) or our Area Coordinator, Daniel Fairley (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Additionally the Office of Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights (“EOCR”) want to remind you all about UVA’s core values, which include honor and diversity. UVA is committed to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to participate in its educational programs, activities, and opportunities in an environment free of bias, discrimination, and harassment. This commitment also extends to UVA residence halls.
As a member of UVA’s residential community and a UVA student, you are expected to treat your fellow residents with civility and respect. UVA strongly prohibits any verbal or written act of harassment or intimidation which targets a UVA student on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or family medical or genetic information. Please visit the link below to familiarize yourself with UVA’s Preventing and Addressing Discrimination and Harassment policy, which protects students as well as faculty and staff:
If you have any questions or concerns, UVA offers numerous resources. Please contact EOCR or the Office of the Dean of Students for more information:
· http://eocr.virginia.edu/ and