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Posted at 6:22 PM ET, 08/19/2010

U-Va. to look at journal after suicide

By Terri Rupar

University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan announced Thursday afternoon an inquiry into the operations of a respected literary journal following the suicide of one of its top editors.

The suicide of Kevin Morrissey, managing editor of Virginia Quarterly Review, has been scrutinized in some recent media reports because of questions raised about the work environment at the journal and Morrissey's efforts to contact university officials before his death.

"The untimely death of Kevin Morrissey ... has caused a great deal of pain for his family, friends and colleagues," Sullivan said in a statement. "It has also raised questions about the university's response to employees' concerns about the workplace climate in the VQR office. I therefore am announcing that we will be undertaking a thorough review of VQR's operations.

"Conducting this review does not in any way presume that any members of the VQR staff have been involved in improper conduct. The review will, I hope, provide a factual basis for understanding this workplace and deciding what corrective actions, if any, the university should undertake."

Sullivan said Barbara Deily, the university's chief audit executive, would lead the review.

More details to come on PostLocal.

--Jenna Johnson

By Terri Rupar  | August 19, 2010; 6:22 PM ET
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I feel very sorry for Mr. Morrissey's family and friends. He has probably been hounded to the point of suicide. But, I don't have any sympathy for Mr. Morrissey's choice of death because it is the ultimate form of conceit. He only cared about himself, not his family and friends. Nothing is so bad that one has to take his/her own life.

Posted by: mortified469 | August 19, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Get off your high horse, mortified469. People don't take their lives because of conceit, or because they only care about themselves. When one is functioning normally, of course - he/she realizes that nothing is so bad that suicide is the answer. However, when one is severely, clinically depressed, things can appear much different and the only way out CAN sometimes seem like death. Don't judge this person. You have no idea how he was really feeling inside. And for him to have taken his life, it sounds like he felt absolutely hopeless.

Posted by: graphchick1 | August 19, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Amen, graphchick1.

Posted by: mygr8kidz2 | August 20, 2010 7:06 AM | Report abuse

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