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Student Representative Statement to Board of Visitors

June 18, 2012 — The past week has been a tumultuous one – to put it mildly – for everyone at UVA. Every student was surprised – every student was confused – many are angry. President Sullivan was well-liked by many students and the pervasive anxiety has been compounded day-by-day by newspapers, blogs, Facebook and Twitter. To summarize what I am hearing from students, there is a sense that something has been broken here.

Today, students are sitting outside our meeting because they care. Students are creating Facebook pages because they care. Students are writing letters to the Board of Visitors because they care. While this widespread discontent can make things uncomfortable, it shows we have a healthy institution – one where apathy is not a virtue.

Not everyone agrees on what course the Board should take. But the most common element of their concern is simply a desire for a better explanation. What is the reason for the actions take by the Board? What is the reason for the actions taken last week? What is the reason for the actions that will be taken moving forward?

And so, as the Board moves forward today – regardless of the path it takes – I ask that there be more openness and better communication between the Board and students, both of whom care so much about this great University.

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