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

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

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...

The Takeaway Panelists Discuss Troubling Rates of Violence Against Indigenous Women in Utah

The Takeaway Panelists Discuss Troubling Rates of Violence Against Indigenous Women in Utah

By Miacel Spotted Elk, News Writer

June 10, 2019

  On June 6, KUER hosted National Public Radio’s "The Takeaway" at the University of Utah's S.J. Quincy Law School. The live event featured a panel discussion about violence against women and two-spirit people in the American West. The panel included Democratic Representative Angela Romero,...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

U’s Asia Campus Reports Zero Instances of Sexual Assault Since Opening

U’s Asia Campus Reports Zero Instances of Sexual Assault Since Opening

By Mitch Shin, News Writer

March 6, 2019

  According to the University of Utah Asia Campus' (UAC) most recent Clery Report, released in October 2018, none of its students, faculty or staff have ever reported a sexual assault since the campus opened in September 2014. Although there are no documented instances of sexual assault, t...

Police Contact the Suspect of an Apparent Hate Crime Caught on Video

Police Contact the Suspect of an Apparent Hate Crime Caught on Video

By Christina Giardinelli

February 19, 2019

  Correction: a previous version of this article incorrectly stated that a senate bill amending hate crime passed the senate, the bill is still in the senate and will receive a committee hearing from the chamber on Thursday. The article has been updated to include this information. One wo...

U Responds to GMA Interview of McCluskey Parents

U Responds to GMA Interview of McCluskey Parents

By Connor Applegate

February 3, 2019

  The University of Utah released an updated statement regarding the murder of the university's student and track athlete Lauren McCluskey on Jan. 25. The statement was released in response to a recent “Good Morning America” interview of McCluskey’s parents aired that morning. The McCluskeys maintained in the intervie...

Utah’s Hate-Crime Laws: A History of Contention and Failure to Result in Conviction

Utah’s Hate-Crime Laws: A History of Contention and Failure to Result in Conviction

By Christina Giardinelli

January 29, 2019

  On Nov. 22, 1988, Gordon Ray Church, a 28-year-old student at Southern Utah University was set to meet some friends for dinner before the students returned home for Thanksgiving but, as The Spectrum reported, the meeting never occurred. After Church stopped at a 7-Eleven to pick up ciga...

Lauren’s Law: Social and Judicial Movements Towards Addressing Sexual Assault

Lauren’s Law: Social and Judicial Movements Towards Addressing Sexual Assault

By Miacel Spotted Elk, News Writer

January 22, 2019

  Addressing the numerous dimensions of violence on campus is a difficult conversation. The fatal case of Lauren McCluskey changed that entirely this year at the U, however. Numerous lawmakers, students and campus groups want to shift how we approach this topic and prevent incidents like La...

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