To the Members of the Sweet Briar Community:
This morning was a disturbing one for us all. Thank you for your cooperation in the lockdown procedure as Campus Safety, with the help of local law enforcement and the Virginia State Police, secured our College. You will continue to see an increased police presence and security measures on campus overnight and as their investigation continues. Please carry on with your normal activities, but remain alert to your surroundings.
Over the past several days, it has become increasingly clear that I need to clarify one point: the calls made for forgiveness for the student–who came forward and admitted to making and placing the labels in Meta Glass Hall–do not remove the need for responsibility and accountability. As I stated previously, the College has continued its investigation.
As a result, the student responsible is no longer enrolled at the College.
Per federal regulations, the name of the student involved will not be released, but because of the circumstances and the questions it has raised, I can tell you that she is African-American and that I believe her apology was sincere.
While this closes our investigation, the discussions about inclusion and respect must continue on our campus. We must acknowledge the pain that has befallen our community, and we must find a path forward. Very soon I will have information to share about how the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities will be helping us in that effort.
I have appreciated the many comments, questions, words of encouragement, and feedback that I have received over the past few days.
Yours very truly,
James F. Jones