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Faculty Senate Votes for Review of Encampment Shutdown

UVA President Jim Ryan under questioning.

by James A. Bacon

The University of Virginia Faculty Senate voted Friday to call for an “independent and external” review of the use of police force to shut down the pro-Palestinian “liberation zone” near the University Chapel a week previously.

In a second vote, the Faculty Senate rejected a resolution denouncing the Virginia State Police’s “vastly asymmetric displays of force” in arresting 27 students, employees, and others.

The votes capped a two-hour session during which President Jim Ryan and Provost Ian Baucom expressed regret for the pain resulting from the arrests while also defending the decision to shut down the tent encampment.

“I know this is still very raw,” said Ryan. “I talked to people who were there. And it was horrible to see. And frightening. And traumatic. And I also know, we have lost some trust, and some of you feel a sense of betrayal.” Continue reading