Statements From the Combined CU-Boulder Leadership in Response to Two Criminal Incidents in Boulder on Oct. 30

October 31, 2008

CU-Boulder Chancellor G.P. "Bud" Peterson

The assault against a recent CU graduate of Asian descent and three current CU students, and a horrific sexual assault against a Boulder woman last night, offend the sensibilities and values of our entire campus community. Such violence, whether perpetrated against women, or against people because of their ethnicity, has no place in any community, but particularly damages a community of learning. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, and we pledge the full support of the University of Colorado in bringing the perpetrators to justice. Should they be found to be CU students, they will face not only criminal penalties, but the harshest penalties possible under our Student Code of Conduct.

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Julie Wong

An attack on any member of our CU family, or against any person in our community, whether affiliated with CU or not, is an attack against all of us collectively. This hate crime underscores the importance of our messages of inclusion, diversity and acceptance. We urge any witnesses to these events to come forward immediately, and we are making the full resources of our Office of Victim Assistance available to anyone in the campus community. Contact Victim Assistance at 303-492-8855 or at www.colorado.edu/studentaffairs/victimassistance. CU's Office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is also an excellent resource at 303-492-6766.

Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement Sallye McKee

These acts of violence remind us of our need to remain committed to peace, justice and human safety in our community. Unfortunately, no community is free of violence, racism and sexism. These events compel us to improve our efforts to build better and safer communities. Anyone who wishes to join us in these community-building efforts should contact the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE) at 303-735-1332 or at www.colorado.edu/cu-diversity.

Dustin Farivar, Victoria Garcia and Ryan Biehle, tri-executives of the University of Colorado Student Government (UCSU)

CU students in the Boulder community condemn these crimes and demand their perpetrators be brought to justice. Every student has a right to expect a safe community in which to learn. UCSU and CU students are committed to creating a better, safer and more welcoming community. We stand against violence toward women. We stand against ethnically motivated violence, and we stand with our fellow students across Colorado as champions for inclusive, tolerant and safe learning communities. Students impacted by these crimes are invited to visit with the staff of the Center for Multicultural Affairs (CMA), which is working in partnership with UCSU to provide student support. For more information, contact UCSU at 303-492-7473 or the CMA Web site at www.colorado.edu/diversity/cma.

CU officials advise anyone with information on either of the two crimes to contact Boulder Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or 1-800-444-3776, or at the Crime Stoppers Web site at www.crimeshurt.com.

Contact: Bronson Hilliard, 303-735-6183 or

303-818-7496 (cell)

Dustin Farivar, 720-935-7784

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