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UVA president vows to heal together following Charlottesville violence

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The University of Virginia released a preliminary report regarding the violence surrounding a white supremacist rally on Aug. 11. 

University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan issued a statement to the community saying the Deans Working Group issued the preliminary report, which says the school could have improved their response in three important areas:

  • The intelligence sought, received, and acted upon by the University administration
  • The policies the University had in place to govern protests and demonstrations
  • Application of existing protocols for responding to a demonstration that did not conform to past pattern, i.e., a protest by large numbers of people carrying torches and acting in an intimidating and violent manner towards members of the University and Charlottesville community on Grounds.

At the end of the statement, Sullivan said to not let the events on Aug. 11 to define the university.

"What happened on Aug. 11 on our Grounds, while unprecedented, was unacceptable. But we will not let it define us. It takes time to heal as a community and we must do so together. This Working Group report is an important step. Going forward, we must recommit ourselves to our core values and further enhance our inclusive, diverse learning and living environment," said Sullivan.

During the "Unite the Right" rally, Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when a car ran into protesters. 

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