“the perpetrator was a student who was known to OAAA officials and who was motivated by factors unrelated to racial bias”
Do the folks at UVA realize how this looks to everyone else?
The College Fix reports:
UVA refuses to divulge race of vandal who attacked Office of African-American Affairs
More than a month after the University of Virginia determined that vandalism at the Office of African-American Affairs was “unrelated to racial bias,” officials still will not provide further details on the suspect.
Rocks had been thrown through a window of a building that houses the Office for African-American Affairs (pictured).
The University Police Department on Sept. 3 had arrested and charged the suspect, roughly two weeks after the vandalism occurred, The Daily Progress reported.
The College Fix emailed the media relations office and the police department throughout October to ask for more information, including a copy of the police report, but no response has been received.
The Fix also called the communications office and police department on November 2 and left two voicemails. It asked the university to specify the race of the suspect and if he or she is a student. They have yet to respond.
Jennifer Davis, UVA’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, and Tim Longo, campus police chief, emailed the campus community Sept. 22 with an update on the situation.
University police determined “the perpetrator was a student who was known to OAAA officials and who was motivated by factors unrelated to racial bias,” the email stated. “We are unable to divulge the student’s identity due to federal privacy laws, but the individual in question has been charged with this act of vandalism.”
The Fix reached out to the Office of African-American Affairs via email twice over several weeks in October to ask if videos or photos of the vandalism are available. It has not received a response.
The UVA student council on September 6 requested the university release “updated information and transparency regarding the investigation,” “stress[ed] the importance of Dawson’s Row as a space for Black students,” and “emphasiz[ed] the representative body’s solidarity with the Black community,” according to a September 7 article in The Cavalier Daily.
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