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Chief Safety Officer and Chief of Police Outline Plans for Officer Training

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By Joseph Moss, News Writer

March 24, 2020

  Chief Safety Officer Marlon Lynch and Chief of Police Rodney Chatman plan to revamp police training at the University of Utah. During the event “Reframing the Conversation: Expanding the Portrayal of Black Men” on Feb. 24, chief safety officer Marlon Lynch received many questions fro...

Get to Know the New University of Utah Police Chief

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By Marshall Foster, News Writer

February 17, 2020

  Today, Rodney Chatman starts at the University of Utah's new chief of police. On Jan. 9, 2020, the U announced that Chatman had been named the new Chief of Police of the U's Department of Public Safety.  In a statement released by the U, president Ruth V. Watkins said, “Rodney is an experienced law enforcement ...

The U is Hiring a Chief Safety Officer. Here’s What You Need to Know.

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By Marshall Foster, News Writer

December 3, 2019

It has been over a year since University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey was murdered on campus. The position of chief safety officer was one of the recommendations of an independent review that was done by the University of Utah after Lauren’s murder. “The idea of a chief safety officer is a position we have never had on campus,” said U spokesperson Chris Nelson. “The idea is t...

ASUU Assembly Officially Denounces the U’s Response to Lauren McCluskey Lawsuit

Students, staff, family and friends attend a vigil on the steps of the Park Building for Lauren McCluskey. Chronicle archives.

By Brock Bernstein, News Writer

September 26, 2019

The Associated Students of the University of Utah has officially responded to ongoing controversy surrounding a lawsuit from the family of Lauren McCluskey, who was murdered on campus in October 2018. The civil rights case aims to sue the University on the grounds of violations of Title IX, the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and due to Interest...

The University of Utah Moves to Dismiss Lauren McCluskey Lawsuit

Students, staff, family and friends attend a vigil on the steps of the Park Building for Lauren McCluskey who was tragically killed on campus at The University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. (Photo by Kiffer Creveling | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Delaney Sheppard, News Writer

September 25, 2019

On Sept. 20, 2019, the Utah Attorney General filed for the dismissal of Lauren McCluskey’s case on behalf of the University of Utah. McCluskey’s parents filed a lawsuit against the University for the mishandling of their daughter’s case last October, which they claim led to her death. The mot...

As UUPS Seeks Accreditation, Students Consider the Value of the Safety Recommendations

A UPD car parked on campus. Chronicle archives.

By Joseph A. Moss

September 22, 2019

After the murder of Lauren McCluskey ignited intense debates about campus safety, the University of Utah has taken several steps to find solutions. The U published a list of 3o recommendations made by a team of independent reviewers with a focus on campus safety. The team suggested the U review the policies...

#SafeU: Students Advocate for Changes in Campus Safety

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By Delaney Sheppard, News Writer

August 29, 2019

  “The loss of Lauren McCluskey and Mackenzie Lueck were tragedies that I believe have permanently changed this campus and our commitment to safety. My thoughts, and the thoughts of our student body, are with their family, friends, and loved ones as they continue to mourn their deaths," said...

Not All Crimes Make it into the U’s Annual Clery Report

Crime Scene of Katherine Peralta's Murder

By Justin Prather, Sports Writer

August 21, 2019

  No time to read? Check out this story’s episode of the Floodlights podcast. In 1990, then-President George H.W. Bush signed the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act into law. Commonly known as the Clery Act, the legislation’s creation was the result of efforts by Constance and Howard Clery after their daughter, Jeanne, was sexually assaulted and murdered in her Lehigh University dorm room by another...

ChenWei Guo’s Killer Has Been Extradited to Colorado, Charged with Another Murder

Students, staff, and friends of ChenWei Guo came to show their support after the recent shooting tragedy in Red Butte Canyon by lighting candles and walking from the Marriott Library to President's circle for a candle light vigil to share their condolences on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 | Chronicle archive

By Stephany Cortez

July 24, 2019

  On October 30, 2017, ChenWei Guo, a 23-year-old international student who studied computer science at the University of Utah, was shot and killed on campus by Austin Boutain. Boutain and his wife Kathleen were passing through Utah after fleeing from the murder of Mitchell Ingle in Golden, Col...

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...