After tumultuous year, UVA students return to campus

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WRIC) — It’s move-in weekend at the University of Virginia. The class of 2019 is one of the biggest in recent years, with 3,707 freshmen expected to start classes Tuesday.

The 2014 – 2015 academic year was tumultuous for the UVA. community. Officials had to deal with a public relations nightmare after a false Rolling Stone article that alleged a female student was gang raped at a fraternity house on Grounds. Racial tensions also boiled over after ABC agents arrested Martese Johnson. An investigation from the Governor’s office determined that the agents did not violate policy. Those agents are now back on duty. Charges against Johnson were also dropped.

There was also the murder of university student, Hannah Graham.

The school has since implemented an ambassador program to help protect students who may be vulnerable.

“The primary mission of the “Ambassadors” is to look out for people in vulnerable states and guide them to safety,” university spokesperson Anthony P. de Bruyn

wrote in an emailed statement.

de Bruyn also went on to say, “From 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., they will be based in two posts, at the corner of 14th Street and University Avenue and the corner of 10th Street and Wertland Avenue, and will move through the Corner area on foot or on bikes. From 5 p.m. until 3 a.m., they will set up two more outposts at Beta Bridge on Rugby Road and at the intersection of Grady Avenue and 14th Street, with additional Ambassadors on foot and bike patrol throughout the Venable neighborhood.

Despite everything that happened at the university over the last year, enrollment remains steady. 3,707 freshmen are expected at UVA this year, that’s only a two person decrease from the previous academic year.

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