University Statements

COVID-19 guidance for the University of Utah

Dear Faculty Members, Staff, and Students, We are writing to share several important updates that affect the University of Utah community. As of today, March 3, 2020, there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state of Utah. However, the nature of the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak is fluid and changing daily. As […]


U of U ALERT: Reported sexual assault

The police investigation into an alleged sexual assault on campus is ongoing.


Racial slur written on bulletin board in Housing & Residential Education building

University officials are investigating to determine those responsible for the incident.


Title IX compliance investigation closed December 2019

The Department of Education Office of Civil Rights closed its investigation into the U on Dec. 10, 2019, dismissing an allegation that the U created a sexually hostile environment for students.


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Better together

Lori McDonald, vice president for Student Affairs, and Mary Ann Villarreal, vice president for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, focus on building an inclusive campus.


Police identify person responsible for writing homophobic slur in dirt on a car parked on campus

The act was not targeted, and the individual responsible will be held accountable.


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