U-Va. to look at journal after suicide
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.
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