University Statements

Statement about Title IX proposed regulations

The U.S. Department of Education today issued proposed regulations governing the way universities handle allegations of sexual assault and harassment as outlined under Title IX, the federal law that protects individuals from gender discrimination and ensures equal access in educational programs and activities. The proposal is now open for public comment, and the regulations will […]


A statement from President Watkins

This has been one of the most tragic events in the history of this University and we are so deeply saddened by the death of Lauren McCluskey. I was in China when the horrible incident took place and came back as soon as I was informed of the tragedy. I have spoken with the McCluskey […]


Timeline of events in Lauren McCluskey case

The following timeline is based on contacts University Police had with Lauren McCluskey as well as information gathered in the case since Monday and was shared at a press conference held Thursday, Oct. 25: Sept. 2: Lauren met Melvin Shawn Rowland at a local bar where he was working as a bouncer and began a relationship […]


A tragic loss on campus

To our campus community, It is with tremendous sadness that I share the news that Lauren McCluskey, an accomplished student athlete who came to the University of Utah from Pullman, Washington, was killed Monday night on our campus. Lauren was a highly regarded member of the university’s track and field team and an outstanding scholar, […]


Condemning Racism: Response to national poster campaign

A number of stickers and posters promoting a white supremacist group were found on campus on Sept. 6, 2018. According to the Anti-Defamation League, this organization is known to use tactics like this on college campuses across the country. The improperly posted flyers and stickers were removed. The University of Utah stands against racism in […]


U inaugurates 16th president

The inauguration for Ruth V. Watkins, the 16th president of the University of Utah, will be held Friday, Sept. 21, 3 p.m. in Kingsbury Hall on the U campus, 1395 Presidents Circle. The event is free and open to the public. Because seating in Kingsbury Hall is limited, it is recommended that guests arrive early. […]


University statement on course syllabus issue

University of Utah officials recently learned that a graduate teaching assistant included a statement in an undergraduate course syllabus that violated both state law and university policy. The statement has been removed from the syllabus and students in the class have been alerted to the error. The graduate student instructor has apologized and has received […]


Statement on David Cross performance

Note: The performance is being produced through an outside promoter renting the public venue and is not affiliated with the University of Utah. The university rents many of its facilities to outside groups.   “The University of Utah condemns bigotry and religious intolerance in any form. The offensive use of sacred religious imagery in a tweet by David Cross promoting his performance at Kingsbury […]


Michael L. Good appointed senior vice president for health sciences at the University of Utah

University of Utah President Ruth V. Watkins has appointed Michael L. Good, M.D., as the university’s new senior vice president for health sciences, CEO of University of Utah Health, and executive dean of the U’s School of Medicine. Good, who currently serves as the dean of the University of Florida College of Medicine, replaces interim […]


Mark Harlan Named Athletic Director at University of Utah

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 […]