University Statements

Mark Harlan Named Athletic Director at University of Utah

June 1, 2018

University of Utah President Ruth V. Watkins has appointed Mark Harlan as the university’s new director of athletics. Harlan, currently serving in the same role at the University of South Florida, will start at Utah on July 1. His appointment follows the retirement of longtime athletic director Chris Hill. “After an extensive national search during which we […]


Daniel A. Reed named Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Utah

April 30, 2018

Daniel A. Reed, Ph.D., has been named senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Utah. Reed, who currently serves on the faculty at the University of Iowa, will start on July 1. “Dan is an exceptional addition to the university’s leadership team and the thought leadership of our state,” said university President […]


Statement on Student Art Installation

April 25, 2018

Background: The art installation, “Cry Closet,” in the J. Willard Marriott Library was created by a graduating senior in the College of Fine Arts. The piece – a project from the student’s woodshop class – was installed on April 22 and will remain in the library until May, 2. The installation, available for use by […]


University of Utah announces search committee for next athletic director

April 23, 2018

University of Utah President Ruth V. Watkins has announced the members of a search committee to find a successor to retiring Athletic Director Chris Hill. Ventura Partners, a national executive search and talent management firm with a specialty practice in intercollegiate athletics, has been retained by the university to assist in the search. Chad Chatlos, […]


U president statement on passing of Zeke Dumke

April 14, 2018

Zeke will be deeply missed by our faculty, staff and students. Zeke and his beloved wife Kay shared a passionate commitment to the University of Utah and gave generously of their time, enthusiasm and financial resources to support dozens of university programs — including Red Butte Garden, our gymnastics team, University of Utah Health, and […]


University statement condemning racism

April 14, 2018

Several flyers were reported in various locations around the University of Utah campus Friday, April 13, that said “Stop genocide in South Africa White Lives Matter.” These improperly posted flyers were removed. The University of Utah stands against racism in any form. In October, the university announced the creation of a Presidential Anti-Racism Task Force […]


Results of Physics & Astronomy Department Review Released

March 17, 2018

In October 2017, the University of Utah experienced the tragic death of one of its international graduate students in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. In response to the loss and as part of its strong commitment to improving processes for helping students in crisis, the university appointed Zhu Julie Lee and the law firm of Foley & Lardner […]


Statement on passing of philanthropist Ian Cumming

February 5, 2018

The University of Utah was saddened to learn of the passing of Ian Cumming. Ian generously shared his time, business acumen, wisdom and financial resources with the university and leaves a tremendous legacy across our campus and to the people of Utah. Our condolences go out to Annette and his family. Ian will be remembered […]


U president statement on passing of Jon Huntsman Sr.

February 2, 2018

Utah, and indeed the nation, has lost one of its truly great citizens with the passing of Jon M. Huntsman Sr. Jon was a passionate supporter of the University of Utah, and his vision and generosity will benefit cancer patients, students, faculty, researchers and people throughout Utah and the nation for generations to come. I am grateful for my friendship […]


University of Utah emphasizes safety for international students on campus

January 29, 2018

Note: The following statement was released to Chinese media summarizing the events surrounding the death of student ChenWei Guo. An English translation follows below. The University of Utah is committed to the safety of all of its students, visitors, faculty and staff.   留学安全问题慎重对待,犹他大学多措施确保校园安全 刚刚过去的2017年,世界范围内的留学安全事件时有发生,留学安全问题引发了国内社会的持续关注。近期发布的《中国留学发展报告(2017)》就指出,随着当前留学生低龄化趋势日渐凸显和种族歧视依然存在,留学安全问题需要慎重对待。很多媒体在2017留学领域的年终盘点时,也把“留学安全”作为重要关键词之一,并对2017年部分留学安全事件进行了回顾,其中美国犹他大学校园附近的枪击事件备受瞩目。 2017年10月30日晚,23岁的犹他大学中国留学生郭宸玮事件发生后,校方于30日当晚向全校师生发布了警报,并在31日发表声明宣布当天停课,以悼念郭宸玮。据了解,嫌疑人已于2017年10月31日被抓获,目前已被谋杀、抢劫和其他十余项罪名起诉,如果谋杀罪名成立,嫌疑人最高可被判处死刑。 根据事后了解,郭宸玮并非因其民族或族裔而成为目标。他的不幸是由于一起随机的、愚蠢的暴力行为所致。 犹他大学副校长兼学生主任 Lori McDonald博士表示,“对学生来说,犹他大学仍然是非常安全的地方。 事实上,近些年犹他大学一直在校园安全方面加大投入,建立了完备的校园安全机制。“在枪击事件发生后,学校的校园警报系统第一时间通过短信、电子邮件和社交媒体等渠道向全体学生和教职员工进行通知。校园每年全天候24小时都有大学公共安全部的人员巡视。整个公共安全队伍包括70多人,而且都是资质过关的犹他州警察。除了监控和响应警报、控制大学设施门禁以及巡视校园外,该部门还提供全天候的安全护送服务。必要时,盐湖城警察局、犹他州高速公路巡逻队和盐湖城警长办公室也为犹他大学提供必要的支援。 按照联邦政府的国家规定,犹他大学每年都会发布校园犯罪方面的统计数据。与美国的大多数大学一样,校园内的大多数犯罪活动基本都是涉及盗窃和违反本州的酒精管制法律,任何形式的暴力袭击实为罕见。需要指出的是,美国大学校园是严格限制枪支的,警察是校园里唯一允许公开携带武器的人,而且学生宿舍楼不允许藏有枪支。如果想在犹他州购买枪支或获得隐藏武器许可,需年满21岁且没有任何犯罪记录。而要获得隐藏武器许可还需要接受额外的培训。 “在校园安全方面,犹他大学还面向全体学生(包括留学生)提供众多支持服务,如个人咨询(支持大多数语言)、警察教授的安全培训和课程等等。在枪击事件之后,学校对校园安全将更加重视。“Lori McDonald女士表示,“郭宸玮同学的离世给犹他大学的每个人都带来了影响,但这起事件也让学校上下更加团结一心。” 为悼念郭宸玮,犹他大学在10月31日全校停课,而后又举办了两场悼念仪式,师生们在FACEBOOK上也纷纷表达了对郭宸玮的哀悼。郭宸玮父母给犹他大学的电邮中写道的:“对于曾认识他的师生所发表的感言我们都很感动。很显然,郭宸玮在过去的两年给大家带来了很大的影响。” […]