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Statement regarding student deaths in Idaho and Virginia

I was saddened to learn about the deaths of students at the University of Idaho and University of Virginia this weekend. Far too often, acts of violence are committed against our nation’s students. In moments like these, campus communities can feel hopeless and powerless. Please know, I share your grief and outrage at these events.

University of Utah leaders, students, staff and faculty are striving continually to make our campus a place of safety and belonging. I urge you to reach out to those you love—family, friends and coworkers today—to reinforce and strengthen our community of care. If you have been impacted in any way by these tragic events, we have campus resources that can help. You can check the SafeU website for resources (also below) or to report.

Lori McDonald
Vice President for Student Affairs

Counseling and support services

University Counseling Center (students only): 801-581-6826
Center for Student Wellness (victim-survivor advocates, bystander intervention training): 801-581-7776
Employee Assistance Program (staff): 801-587-9319 or 800-926-9619
Housing and Residential Education (available 24/7): 801-587-2000
Huntsman Mental Health Institute crisis line (available 24/7): 801-587-3000
Mental Health First Responders (MH1) (after-hours crisis support from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. for campus residents only) 385-324-5356
Women’s Resource Center (for students, staff and faculty): 801-581-8030