Office of the President

Statements from President Kennedy

Message About the Mass Shooting in Boulder

Our university is a community, not just on our campuses or in the four cities they call home, but as part of a larger whole – our state, our nation, our world. And in times like this, we must rely on our community to pull together and provide the support that will help each of us grieve and support one another.

The University of Colorado community is grieving after the tragic and horrific events in Boulder yesterday. Our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones, friends, colleagues and to everyone impacted by this terrible event. We have learned today that some of the victims have connections to CU, which makes this tragedy especially difficult.

Our university is a community, not just on our campuses or in the four cities they call home, but as part of a larger whole – our state, our nation, our world. And in times like this, we must rely on our community to pull together and provide the support that will help each of us grieve and support one another.

We mourn those who were lost. They were family members, friends, neighbors, members of our community. We honor Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley, whose heroism resulted in the ultimate sacrifice. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and colleagues, as they do to those of all the victims. We thank law enforcement and first responders for their diligent professionalism in the face of danger.

We cannot make sense of the senseless. What we can do is support each other and our community. A list of resources on campuses and system administration you can turn to should you need is below. We must also recognize that it is important to support our Muslim and Arab communities, particularly our students, faculty and staff, and help guard against any animosity directed at them because of the assailant’s heritage. This parallels support for our Asian American Pacific Islander community after last week’s terrible mass shooting in Atlanta.

Our hearts are heavy today with this tragedy so close to home. Our community will endure, even while a part of us has been lost. Please take care of you and yours, and know that the strength of our community will help see us through.

Additional Statements

 

Statement from CU President Mark R. Kennedy

The Board of Regents and I have entered into discussions about an orderly transition of the presidency of the university in the near future.
 

CU Requires Vaccine for Fall Semester 2021

Since the health and safety of our campus communities is among our top priorities, we have determined to require that all University of Colorado students, faculty and staff receive a COVID-19 vaccine before the start of fall semester 2021.
 

State of the System Report

CU President Mark R. Kennedy gave the following presentation to CU Faculty Senate on April 22, 2021