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Kyle Riopelle
President of the IFC


The following letter was sent to all active members of the IFC on Sunday, March 15, 2020:

Dear Members of the IFC Community,

I am writing to express a few thoughts about the IFC and COVID-19. First and foremost, I hope each and every one of you is healthy and safe, and that your families are as well. I hope you all are finding the resources necessary to manage this difficult time—this email will list some of those resources, and I encourage you to look into them if you need assistance.

Now, onto the primary purpose of this email: The IFC strongly encourages everyone to abide by the University’s recommendation to leave Charlottesville and return to your homes if it is within your means. We are facing a crisis unlike anything that any of us has seen in our lifetimes, and we all have the responsibility to follow the advice of medical experts: that means practicing social distancing, self-isolation, and certainly not engaging in large gatherings.

Why is this so important? Many students believe that because people our age aren’t often critically threatened even if they become infected with COVID-19, there is little danger to continue life as if nothing were different—this is categorically incorrect. If you contract COVID-19, you will almost certainly be okay, and you might not even show symptoms. But just as certainly, you will pass it on to others, and for many such as the elderly or immunocompromised, the danger is life-threatening. Now is the time to think of others more than ourselves.

A few practical measures: all IFC social events are prohibited indefinitely. We will be reassessing periodically in accordance with updates from the University. We will be enforcing this policy.

I know that this sucks, and that it isn’t fair. I particularly feel for fourth years who have had their final weeks unjustly stolen from them, and for international students and members of marginalized communities who may face heightened uncertainty and stress in the days ahead. In moments like these, the right thing to do is rarely the easy one; it would be much easier, and more fun, to return to Charlottesville and celebrate with each other, but I humbly request that you do the right thing instead.

All my best,

Kyle Riopelle

President of the UVa Inter-Fraternity Council