University Statements

Statements involving the arrest of University of Utah student

Note: Any additional victims or those with relevant information are encouraged to contact the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Victim Advocates at 801-580-7969. The following is a statement from University of Utah President Ruth Watkins I am closely following the serious and disturbing allegations involving a university student. My heart goes out to the victim, […]


U identifies those responsible for writing racial slur in ice on car windshield

The Office of the Dean of Students is seeking to determine the level of involvement of the four individuals involved with the incident and will hold those responsible accountable for their actions.


Updated university statement & FAQ on McCluskey lawsuit

On Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, the university (through the Utah State Attorney General’s Office) will file two new responses in federal court in the ongoing lawsuit by the family of Lauren McCluskey. These new court filings are part of the expected legal process and a response to filings by the McCluskey family’s attorneys in November. […]


U statement on racist incident on MLK Day

U identifies those responsible for etching N-word into ice on car windshield


Two flyers promoting racist and anti-diversity ideologies found near Student Services Building

The University of Utah has reported two flyers found on campus with racist and anti-immigrant ideologies to the Anti-Defamation League.


University statement on former professor Henry Harpending

Henry Harpending was a professor of anthropology from 1997 until his death in 2016.


Response to UnsafeU petition

A response to the petition was shared with the group’s representatives and is being shared here in the interest of transparency. 


Next steps in McCluskey family lawsuit

Lauren McCluskey’s tragic murder in October 2018 was a pivotal moment for the University of Utah. This institution is committed to improving and to reducing the likelihood of such a tragedy happening again on campus.


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.