The Board of Visitors will meet this weekend to discuss the University’s honor system, free speech, tuition and other priorities. The meeting is the first of the academic year and the first full series of meetings for many new Council members.
The Council of Visitors — composed of 17 members — meets four times a year and is responsible for the long-term planning of the University. Group meetings will be held at the Rotunda, pending the Health System Council meeting to be held at Boar’s Head Resort. All meetings will be broadcast live.
Governor Glenn Youngkin appointed four new members over the summer, including College and Darden alumnus Bert Ellis, former board member Stephen Long, Abingdon City Council member and l Education Amanda Pillion and College and Law alumnus Doug Wetmore. Ellis in particular has drawn criticism from student advice, University Democrats and Virginia Democrats for his role in bringing a pro-Grounds eugenicist and for deny a co-sponsorship with the Gay Student Union to bring gay rights activists to the University.
Currently, Ellis is President of The Council of Jefferson, a conservative group “dedicated to preserving the legacy of Thomas Jefferson”. More recently, Ellis recently participated in controversial on signage on the lawn room doors that criticized the University’s history of inaccessibility and slavery. By a staff statementEllis was “ready to use a small razor blade” to remove part of a sign posted by a lawn room resident.
This Board meeting will also be the first for Lily Roberts, fourth-year architecture student and student board member.
During the Board meeting, which will wrap up over the weekend, members will participate in a discussion with University leadership about the Living Honor Project and recent staffing challenges.
The Living Honor Project is an initiative offers by University President Jim Ryan and Provost Whittington Clement to help students and alumni learn about the honor and its role at the university following the historic vote of reduce the sole penalty of expulsion to a two-semester leave last spring. This was the biggest change to the honor system in its history.
At the recent Council retreat, Chief Operating Officer JJ Davis said the University is currently do the experience historically high vacancy rates due to the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and limited state funding.
On Thursday afternoon, the Academic and Student Life Committee will consider written reports on several university programs for students, including the university guide service, student counseling and orientation programs.
In response to some negative feedback from visiting tourists after tours with guides, the Admissions Office plans to create a new senior position to focus full-time on the guest experience at the University. The office has also hired an external expert to improve the customer experience, as per the agenda.
The Student Orientation Report understand recommendations made by Vice Provost Brie Gertler in June 2022 to the board, such as providing all students with an undeclared major with an academic advisor for whom advising is a primary responsibility and adopting a scaled advising platform of the University. Student council was a priority for Class of 2022 alumnus Sarita Mehta, who served as a student council member last year.
Finally, the orientation report details how Wahoo Welcome – planned programming to welcome new students to Grounds after move-in – has expanded from 2021 and will feature events programming in the semester.
The finance committee will consider a proposal to approve holding an in-state undergraduate apartment and offer eligible students a $690 tuition discount. The Tuition Finance Sub-Committee vote in favor of the proposal at a meeting on Wednesday afternoon.
Since February, Governor Glenn Youngkin has under pressure Virginia universities will freeze tuition for the next school year. The 2022-23 budget impact of this will be $7.5 million and will be funded by cost savings and $2.5 million in state support.
The Buildings and Grounds Committee will vote on the design and progress of ongoing renovation projects, such as the schematic design for the $7 million Physics Building classroom renovation and Garden Apartment demolitions. academics. This committee will also vote on a proposed strategic plan to improve the Darden School of Business, which will create a central academic hub for Darden students.
A number of construction projects are currently underway and have impacted accessibility on the ground. Active construction sites include the Ivy Corridor on Emmett St., Alderman Library, Gilmer Hall, and the road to Newcomb behind Brown Residential College.
The Committee will also hear several reports, including the 2021-2022 Sustainability Report, a Report on the Implementation of Capital Program Recommendations, the 2021-22 Minor Capital Projects Report, and the Projects Report of historic preservation.
By the University Sustainable development plan 2020-2030the Board resolves to be carbon neutral by 2030 and fossil fuel free by 2050, to reduce water consumption, reactive nitrogen emissions and the University’s waste footprint, to increase sustainable food purchases and to partner with the community in sustainable initiatives.
The Health System Council to listen written reports on the academic medical center, medical school, and nursing school. The Council also plans to exam its financial package for fiscal year 2022. The consolidated financial package indicates that the actual health system operating revenues are better for the University financially than the budgeted amount.
The final item on the Health System Board’s agenda is the approval of the U.Va. Strategic health plan, which delimits the goals of the organization.
The meetings will all be streamed live at bov.virginia.edu/live. Detailed agendas for each committee can be found on the visitor board website.