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Statement on "Unite the Right" Event

Faculty Senate Executive Council & General Faculty Council Executive Council — Aug. 16, 2017

The Faculty Senate Executive Council and the General Faculty Council strongly condemn the hatred, violence, and intimidation that the supporters of the recent "Unite the Right" event brought to the Charlottesville community and the University of Virginia. We repudiate the white supremacist, white nationalist, and neo-Nazi ideologies lying at the heart of these actions. We confirm our commitment to the values of the academy: that every person has moral worth and dignity, that free inquiry and the pursuit of truth help to improve and repair the world, and that free expression and open deliberation through civil discourse advance understanding and empathy. We stand ready to defend those values against any who seek to undermine them.