University Statements

A statement from ChenWei Guo’s family

November 3, 2017

The University of Utah was asked to release this statement on behalf of ChenWei Guo’s family. ChenWei was a U student whose life was taken in a senseless act of violence earlier this week. “We are devastated by the loss of our son ChenWei, who brought immense joy into our lives and the lives of […]


Update on homicide case

November 1, 2017

The University of Utah Department of Public Safety released this statement providing an update in the homicide of ChenWei Guo at a press conference on Nov. 1, 2017: Austin Boutain and his wife Kathleen Boutain are both drifters and travel frequently from state to state. The Boutains chose to come to Utah after fleeing Colorado due […]


A message of gratitude

October 31, 2017

To the Campus Community, We are grateful the terrible events that unfolded Monday evening have been brought to a close with the apprehension of the suspect in the shooting death of our student ChenWei Guo. This senseless act of violence has shaken our community and ended the life of a dear son, true friend, and […]


Suspect in Monday shooting in custody

October 31, 2017

Dear Campus Community: We are gratified to report that Austin J. Boutain has been apprehended and is now in custody. He was spotted by an observant citizen — a librarian — at Salt Lake City’s Main Library, who notified library security. Security officers made contact with the suspect. Boutain was cooperative and immediately taken into […]


A tragic event on campus

October 31, 2017

To our campus community, It is with great sadness that I must tell you that on Monday evening, ChenWei Guo, one of our international students, was killed in a senseless, random act of violence. We have cancelled classes today in respect of ChenWei and the impact this violent event has had on our campus community. ChenWei was a pre-computer […]


New anti-racism task force announced

October 27, 2017

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff: Today we are announcing the creation of a Presidential Anti-Racism Task Force to work on developing and deploying actions on our campus that can increase dialogue and understanding among students, staff, and faculty from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. The group also will identify other actions and investments that will enhance the experience […]


Statement about graduate student Xiaolin Tang

October 19, 2017

Statement from the University of Utah regarding Ms. Xiaolin Tang, a Ph.D. candidate in the university’s Department of Physics and Astronomy: “Xiaolin Tang’s death is a tragedy and a loss to the University of Utah community. We extend our condolences to her family and friends during this difficult time. The university is in touch with Ms. […]


Gardner Building vandals arrested

October 18, 2017

The U’s Department of Public Safety announced Tuesday the arrest of three juvenile males in connection with vandalism at the new Carolyn and Kem Gardner Building last weekend. The three suspects, described as local high school students, will be referred to juvenile court on charges of trespass and criminal mischief, according to Dale Brophy, chief of […]


U reaches resolution on cancer institute

October 5, 2017

This morning, the university’s Board of Trustees approved a new agreement between the university and the Huntsman Cancer Foundation that resolves issues raised earlier this year. The agreement, signed by University of Utah President David W. Pershing, and Peter R. Huntsman, CEO of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, supplements and clarifies previous agreements. Joint statement between […]


Balancing values and condemning violence

October 3, 2017

Campus Community, Wednesday evening our students and community gathered on campus to make their voices heard. While there were a few incidents that required police intervention and two arrests, we were impressed with how the majority of those in attendance exercised their rights to share their views. Freedom of expression, academic freedom, diversity, equity and respect […]