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An Important Message From President Teresa A. Sullivan

June 13, 2016

To the University Community:

The horrific act of domestic terrorism at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando took the lives of many innocent people and injured many more. We offer our deepest sympathy to the victims’ families and the Orlando community. We express our support for all who stand for mutual respect and acceptance. We also offer our support to members of the Muslim community, who often face backlash and hatred when acts of violence are committed by individuals who claim to be acting in the name of Islam. This act of hatred directed toward the LGBTQ community is the deadliest shooting tragedy in United States history.

Cville Pride is hosting a candlelight vigil tonight, Monday, June 13, to remember those who were killed or injured in the shooting. The vigil will be held at the Free Speech Wall on the Downtown Mall starting at 7:30 p.m. See for more information.

Students seeking support during this difficult time can contact UVA Counseling and Psychological Services at (434) 243-5150 during the day or at (434) 972-7004 after hours and on weekends. Additional information may be found online at

Faculty and staff, in both the academic division and the medical center, may contact the Faculty and Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) if they need to speak with a counselor or obtain a referral to other confidential resources that may be available. You may schedule an appointment with a FEAP consultant by calling (434) 243-2643 or by visiting

Diversity stands with ethics, integrity, and academic excellence, as a cornerstone of University culture. The University promotes an inclusive and welcoming environment that embraces the full spectrum of human attributes, perspectives, and disciplines.

Teresa A. Sullivan