UVA Students Requesting the Support of Alumni and Parents

Reasons for signing

See why other supporters are signing, why this petition is important to them, and share your reason for signing (this will mean a lot to the starter of the petition).

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Alexandra Mayer
Apr 1, 2021
Lockdowns violate our constitutional rights. There shouldn’t be a double standard for students. The vulnerable need to protect themselves and let everyone else get on with life.

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Karina Houghton
Mar 31, 2021
A parent

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Turner Barringer
Mar 27, 2021
These students are not children and were offered admission to UVA to learn how to perform, manage and lead. When a student or particular group of students causes an increase in COVID incidences, let there be consequences. In the meantime, please pay attention to the science and statistics that say this age group is relatively safe from COVID. Instead save your mandates for elderly faculty.

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walter smith
Mar 22, 2021
Students - don't just rely on alumni and parents here. You need to "out" yourselves as well. There is strength in numbers. The cry-bullies prefer to intimidate you into silence - don't let them. They are horrible people. Ask the totalitarians if they have read the Great Barrington Declaration -gbdeclaration.org
A lot of scientists and medical professionals believe the lockdown theater is not helpful, if not harmful.
Make the party of science answer the science...

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oriet milmoe
Mar 20, 2021
Here’s an idea, call it Transfer Day. Get 1k first years to independently walk into business office and ask for their transcripts and say they are considering to transfer if the school does not agree to open up in Fall. Don’t sit there and take it. Push back. School paper will pick up, then you’re on the record but still anonymous.

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Es Cole
Mar 20, 2021
Hi. Parent/Alum here...When I was in college in the early 90’s, the classroom was a place for robust exchanges of ideas, of respectful, albeit at times heated, discussions. We were there to learn, to educate ourselves and to be educated. As it stands now, my child is not receiving an education, they’re receiving an indoctrination and that is unacceptable and frightening. If a teacher wants to share with the class that “we deserved 9/11,” then that teacher needs to be prepared to discuss their viewpoint, as well of those of the class. Calling a student who disagrees and that, no, we did not “deserve” it, a “white privileged nazi” is NOT a healthy (or frankly, rational) discussion. Viewpoints and opinions are one thing, ideologies are a very different, very dangerous, other thing. Take Greek life for example. Spend 5 minutes on Twitter, and you will find out how many teachers “feel” about the subject. It’s incredibly disconcerting. Students are targeted, belittled, and judged as being part of a “racist, classist, patriarchal system that must be destroyed.” What is progressive or compassionate about such inflammatory statements? Statements coming from those in leadership, no less. Why is UVA enabling the vitriol? For all the recent talk of “safe spaces,” doesn’t every student have the right to feel safe? Stop indulging the cancel culture festering on campus. Lastly, and most importantly, the Covid protocols in place are, and have been, detrimental (understatement) to the students’ mental and physical well being. What part of isolating a child off campus for 14 days, unable to leave for fresh air or exercise, and only a box of food the wouldn’t meet federal govt standards...a low bar to begin with...appropriate?Yet, that is what you all did, until enough pushback gave you the equally inhumane idea of locking down dorms with threats of expulsion should they disobey orders. To make matters worse, you openly encouraged students to report any (perceived) deviation from the weekly Covid edicts. As if there was no room for error in that grand plan. How many students were falsely reported, I wonder. What proof did you require to ensure these “reports” weren’t simply targeted harassment? Did you advance your mission of a “community bound by trust, respect, and integrity” or is UVA now a community bound by paranoia and fear? Quite the unintended, at least I hope it was, psyop UVA created. If the goal was to break their spirits in order to achieve full submission, congratulations, it worked. I entrusted my child with you all knowing full well there would be rules and expectations. At NO time did it ever occur to me that they would be subjected to the stripping away of basic human rights, and kindness. The bond of trust, the respect I once had, is now gone. My hope is that it can be rebuilt, but given there was a need for this petition, I’m not particularly optimistic. The saddest part about what students have been subjected to this year, is that my child has the means to “escape.” Others don’t have that luxury. It’s heartbreaking when I think about the worry, helplessness, and anger their parents feel. This is not hyperbole. This is based on real conversations with parents anguished over their once “happy go lucky” child. If teachers/leadership spent half the time and energy they spend on Twitter raging and complaining, and, instead, focused on THE STUDENTS, these young people might regain a sense of hope and trust. Students need help now. Figure it out UVA. It can be done, and it can be done in a safe, actual data, science driven manner. Until then, UVA is failing our young people. The adults in leadership are failing our young people. We adults owe them the same opportunities we had. Time to recenter on our young people.

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Julie Schildt
Mar 20, 2021
My husband and I are so proud of our two granddaughters who are UVA students but who are now being robbed of the college experience we all looked forward to them having. We pray that this petition will result in the administration’s immediate change of the Covid restrictions for the mental and physical health of the students and the future support of UVA.

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Jane Hughes
Mar 20, 2021
Jane hughes, md

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Lisa Bailey
Mar 19, 2021
Come on UVA, be a leader! Stand up for your students! Just like you could have stood up to the Governor sooner about graduation. Lead!!

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Lise Godvin
Mar 19, 2021
My daughter is a student there.