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Thu May 2, 2024, 05:06 PM May 2

A campaign is calling on UVa's rector to resign. But who is funding it?

Hat tip, LauraInLA:

{Have you ever heard of this before?!} DIGITAL DISGUISE: MYSTERIOUS LED TRUCK INCIDENT ON CAL POLY HUMBOLDT CAMPUS YESTE

A campaign is calling on UVa's rector to resign. But who is funding it?

Robert Hardie has faced pushback for not addressing concerns over antisemitism on Grounds during a public meeting of the school's Board of Visitors

Emily Hemphill Apr 6, 2024

On March 26, a truck towing a large digital billboard made its way around the University of Virginia. ... “Rector Robert Hardie won’t confront antisemitism,” the LED screen read at times. Hardie is “unfit to lead UVa” and should “resign now,” it read at other times.

Who or what is responsible for the campaign remains unclear. ... University spokeswoman Bethanie Glover told The Daily Progress in a prepared statement that the billboard’s message was “false and offensive” and that the school is working to uncover who hired the truck.

To be clear, neither the truck nor its message are in violation of any local, state or federal law. ... “We are not investigating that because there’s nothing to investigate,” Charlottesville Police Chief Michael Kochis told The Daily Progress. “From what I can see, it’s somebody expressing their First Amendment rights. There’s no crime to investigate.”

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University of Virginia Rector Robert Hardie speaks at a Board of Visitors meeting in the Rotunda on Friday Sept. 15, 2023.
CAL CARY, THE DAILY PROGRESS

The Daily Progress reached out to the UVa Police Department to see if that agency had been tasked with uncovering who was behind the truck. No one responded.

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This story has been updated with a statement from University of Virginia Rector Robert Hardie.

Emily Hemphill (540) 855-0362
ehemphill@dailyprogress.com
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