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The Reasoning and Effectiveness of Moving to Online Classes to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey, Investigative Coordinator

March 12, 2020

  As the Daily Utah Chronicle previously reported, state leaders held a press conference Thursday morning to announce measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, or novel coronavirus, inside Utah. Among those measures was the transition of University of Utah classes to an online format for the remainder ...

Flood at Sage Point Forces 160 U Students into Temporary Housing

Sage Point Buildings in the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City, UT on Monday August 27, 2018.(Photo by Curtis Lin | Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Miacel Spotted Elk and Elise Vandersteen Bailey

October 2, 2019

Students have been temporarily moved out of Sage Point’s 812 building on campus at the University of Utah after a boiler room flooded on Monday evening, confirmed University spokesperson Annalisa Purser. According to Lexie Maschoff, assistant director of communications for the U’s Housing and...

U Police Chief Dale Brophy Suddenly Announces Retirement

University of Utah President Ruth Watkins and University Police Chief Dale Brophy spoke at a press conference on the investigation into the death of student Lauren McCluskey on Oct. 25, 2018.

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey, Investigative Coordinator

July 16, 2019

  In a statement Tuesday afternoon, University of Utah officials announced that U Police Chief Dale Brophy will retire on Oct. 15 of this year. Brophy has worked with the department since 2013, when he joined as deputy police chief. According to the statements, he was promoted to police chief...

DA Files Charges Against Man Accused of U Student MacKenzie Lueck’s Murder

Investigators release images of Mackenzie Lueck, the 23 year old missing University of Utah student. Courtesy Salt Lake City Police Department.

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey, Investigative Coordinator

July 10, 2019

  Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill formally filed charges against the man accused of kidnapping and killing University of Utah student MacKenzie Lueck. Ayoola Ajayi, 31, faces felony charges of aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping, obstruction of justice and desecration of a human b...

SLC Police Confirm Death of U Student MacKenzie Lueck, Charge Suspect with Murder

Investigators release images of Mackenzie Lueck, the 23 year old missing University of Utah student. Courtesy Salt Lake City Police Department.

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey, Jacqueline Mumford and Ana Luiza F. Ramos

June 28, 2019

  Content Warning: This article discusses kidnapping, violence, crime, death and other subjects some readers may view as disturbing. Reader discretion is advised. In a press conference Friday morning, Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown announced that they found the remains of Universi...

Parents of Murdered Student Lauren McCluskey Announce $56 Million Lawsuit Against University

Jill and Matthew McCluskey at Press Conference

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey, Investigative Coordinator

June 27, 2019

  Jill and Matthew McCluskey announced at a press conference Thursday morning that they have filed a $56 million civil rights lawsuit against the University of Utah following the on-campus murder of their daughter, 21-year old student-athlete Lauren McCluskey. They say the U failed to protect th...

Behind the Scenes of the University of Utah’s Response to Public Records Requests

Graphic designed by David Onwukeme and Justin Prather | The Daily Utah Chronicle

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey and Emily Anderson

June 18, 2019

  No time to read? Check out this story’s episode of the Floodlights podcast. Transparency in government relies on the public’s access to information detailing governing bodies’ actions and tax-sourced finances. According to a 2015 Pew Research Center survey, only 5% of Americans think state governments share these records effectively. In an analysis of public records requests made under Utah's public records law to the University of Utah, The Daily Utah Chronicl...

Former U Professor and Filmmaker Sterling Van Wagenen Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse of a Child

According to the University of Utah's campus directory, Sterling Van Wagenen's office was 257B in the Art Building prior to his resignation. (Photo by Emily Anderson | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey, Investigative Coordinator

April 30, 2019

  Warning: This story includes graphic descriptions of sexual abuse. Former University of Utah film professor Sterling Van Wagenen pleaded guilty in an initial Utah County court appearance on Tuesday to a count of the sexual abuse of a child. Van Wagenen's attorney stated that he will als...

Filmmaker, Former U Professor Sterling Van Wagenen Charged with Sexual Abuse of a Child

Sterling Van Wagenen, who has now resigned from his position as a professor in the Department of Film and Media Arts, has been charged with sexual abuse of a child. (Photo  by Emily Anderson | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey and Emily Anderson

April 12, 2019

  Warning: This story includes graphic descriptions of sexual abuse. Former University of Utah professor and noted filmmaker, Sterling Van Wagenen, was charged on April 2 with one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first degree felony. Court documents allege that 71-year-old Van Wage...

U Professor Sterling Van Wagenen Resigns After Allegedly Admitting to 1993 Molestation of a Minor

According to the University of Utah's campus directory, Sterling Van Wagenen's office was 257B in the Art Building prior to his resignation. (Photo by Emily Anderson | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey and Christina Giardinelli

March 7, 2019

  Film professor Sterling Van Wagenen has resigned following the release of a recording during which he is heard admitting to molesting a minor in 1993, according to spokesperson for the University of Utah's College of Fine Arts, Marina Gomberg. The recording is the result of an interview...

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