University Statements

Response to unsafeU Declaration of Protest

We applaud our students for advocating for changes and for their interest in making campus a safer place. Creating a culture of safety means that all members of our community—administrators, students, faculty, staff and visitors—have important roles to play.


University Statement Regarding Student Government Resolution

The following letter was sent to Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU) to clarify points related to a legal filing (motion to dismiss).


University of Utah statement about Elva Torres

The campus community is mourning the death of student and ROTC cadet Elva Torres, who collapsed during physical training with her ROTC cohort on campus the morning of Monday, Aug. 26.


Statement from President Ruth V. Watkins on search for new director of public safety

A national search for a director of public safety will begin in the coming weeks.


Police Chief Dale Brophy announces retirement

A national search will be conducted to fill the position.


Vigil for MacKenzie Lueck

ASUU held a vigil on Monday, July 1, at 6 p.m. on the Union lawn.


University statement about the death of student MacKenzie Lueck

We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of University of Utah student MacKenzie Lueck. Our campus community mourns her tragic loss. We send our heartfelt condolences to her family and all those who knew her.


Statement in response to lawsuit

We will respond to the McCluskey family’s lawsuit through the appropriate channels, but I want to express again our deep sorrow for the loss of Lauren McCluskey. Our hearts go out to her family and friends. While there are differences in how we would characterize some of the events leading to Lauren’s tragic murder, let […]


University statement about missing U student MacKenzie Lueck 

The University of Utah is deeply concerned about the well-being of MacKenzie “Kenzie” Lueck and her family. The university is cooperating with the Salt Lake City Police Department, which is investigating her disappearance.


University of Utah statement on campus safety actions

The University of Utah is committed to fostering a culture of safety, with ongoing efforts to improve infrastructure, practices, campus awareness, and response to daily incidents as well as during crises.