University Statements

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 […]


Our values and free speech

September 14, 2017

University of Utah community: Public universities at their core are places for the free exploration and expression of ideas. This allows us as students, researchers, and educators to advance new ideas and new knowledge; it permits us to imagine and to be part of creating a better world. Disagreement that stems from the exchange of […]


U addresses wrongful arrest

September 11, 2017

Administrators with University of Utah Hospital and the U’s Department of Public Safety held a press conference Monday, Sept. 4 to express support for Alex Wubbels, a nurse in the hospital’s burn unit who was threatened with arrest after refusing to allow a Salt Lake City police officer to draw blood from a patient. Administrators […]


University of Utah Presidential Search Committee announces public meetings

August 28, 2017

The University of Utah Presidential Search Committee will host three public meetings to obtain input from members of the University of Utah community and the general public on the presidential search. Public input from these meetings will help the committee shape a position announcement, the primary advertisement for the position used in recruiting candidates. Sept. […]


Response to events in Charlottesville and on campus

August 14, 2017

Dear Campus, We express the deepest sadness for students, staff, faculty, and all in the Charlottesville and UVA communities with the horrific events that led to injury and loss of life this past weekend. Our hearts go out to the members of the Charlottesville community who sought to defy white supremacist, neo-Nazi, and anti-Semitic speech […]


Statement from President David W. Pershing about Huntsman Cancer Institute Leadership

April 25, 2017

This past week has been an extraordinary and challenging time for our University and community. Members of our campus community spoke out and made their perspectives known. It is now time, I believe, to return to our mission of serving our students, caring for our patients and pursuing critical research. In that spirit, I am pleased […]


Our campus community

November 21, 2016

On behalf of the entire University of Utah administration, we are writing to underscore the U’s unwavering commitment to be an inclusive, respectful, and safe community where people of all backgrounds and perspectives are welcome. We share the sentiment Governor Gary Herbert expressed last week, “In Utah, we care about each other. As a community, […]


No place for violence

November 7, 2016

Violence has no place on our campus. Monday’s report of a student sexually assaulted at gunpoint has prompted understandable feelings of vulnerability and anger, especially for survivors of sexual assault. This incident remains a high priority for our campus. Campus police have engaged additional officers to continue their investigative efforts and have asked anyone who […]