Students allegedly spray-painted the walls, smashed eggs on windows and set off fire extinguishers as part of the prank.
Several right-wing commentators have suggested the fire was set intentionally, though have provided no evidence to support their claims.
Curt Sauer said it could take 200 to 300 years for the park to recover.
The vandals also spray-painted an anti-Semitic slur on the Jewish professor's office.
The husband of a Democratic New Mexico State House candidate was seen on video tearing down the sign of his wife's Republican opponent.
A brief argument over the seating of two homeless men at an Alaska café boiled over into social media threats and accusations of racism before vandals ultimately broke in and destroyed the Anchorage, Alaska restaurant.
Both a Republican and a Democrat running for Montana's House District 88 seat said they were "horrified" by vandalism targeting women and touting President Donald Trump.
This is far from the first time someone has vandalized Trump's star.
The formations were "sculpted by 320 million years of ice, wind, and the movement of entire continents," the National Trust said.
"UVA welcomes open and civil discourse on such important issues. However, acts of vandalism do not contribute to meaningful discussion."
The Lincoln Monument was vandalized by a penny, sources say.