UVA President Pledges To Be A Voice of Change In The Fight For Campus Safety

The University of Virginia announced that officials are considering including a new center for researching violence. There is also talk of including classes for students to take covering campus safety. These tentative plans come in the wake of a turbulent few months for the university after a now discredited magazine article created a fire storm of controversy.

Sullivan recently said that the fall semester at UVA was “one of the most traumatic in the university’s history,” according to the Associated Press.

The Rolling Stone magazine article released in November drew national attention and sparked a more in depth conversation about the violence that is occurring on college campuses from coast to coast.

A portion of the speech made by Sullivan read:

Before the Rolling Stone story was discredited, it seemed to resonate with some people simply because it confirmed their darkest suspicions about universities – that administrations are corrupt; that today’s students are reckless and irresponsible; that fraternities are hotbeds of deviant behavior. Working together, we have soundly refuted those suspicions through our actions over the past two months.

The Columbia Journalism Review placed the Rolling Stone story at the top of its list for “the worst journalism of 2014.” the story unfairly maligned UVA and many members of our community. Perhaps the most emphatic refutation of the story’s thesis was the collective revulsion to its allegations expressed by students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni.”

There is expected to be a proposal presented by the faculty for the plans pertaining to the potential “Institute for Research on Violence, Inequality and Power.”

The university’s focus to change the way sexual violence is dealt with on campus doesn’t stop at the research center, though. There has recently been a social network created by students to open up a dialogue between students to help them remain safe on campus and at social events.

The study results of a research project drafted by two UVA professors are also expected to be released shortly. The results will hopefully contribute to the discussion of campus related safety issues.

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