University Statements

U target of flyers using racist language

Several flyers that said “It’s okay to be white” were found on campus beginning Oct. 31. One flyer that said “Murdoch Murdoch” was also found. A large banner that said “Reclaim America” was found over the weekend.


Statement from Dan Reed, senior vice president for Academic Affairs, and Lori McDonald, vice president for Student Affairs, on the student petition

We appreciate the students’ willingness to discuss both their concerns and to provide a thoughtful analysis of safety-related actions they believe will be helpful on our campus. As we shared this morning, we want and welcome feedback from all students on what we can do to improve safety at the University of Utah.


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 […]