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After a Rape Story, a Murder, and Lawsuits: What’s Next for the University of Virginia?

Any story about the University of Virginia must begin with its founder, Thomas Jefferson, who is often referred to locally as “Mr. Jefferson”; with an invocation of the Rotunda and the surrounding “academical village”; and with a discussion of the venerable Honor Code and the exclusive secret societies. There must be a reference to the university as a “Public Ivy” or perhaps a “Southern Ivy,” and to the act of being physically on campus as being “on grounds.” There must be a nod to “girls in pearls and guys in ties” attending football games and horse races but paying attention to neither.

More recently, there’s another thing that any story about the University of Virginia must mention: the horrific period the institution has just come through.