1. Statement at February 2023 Board of Regents

    February 16, 2023

    (As prepared for delivery) I’d like to begin by offering our most profound sympathies to the loved ones of those who were wounded and lost on Monday night at Michigan State University. We’ve lowered the flags across our campuses to half-staff, and in coordination with the vigil on the Diag last night, we lit the …

  2. Statement on Michigan State University Shooting

    February 14, 2023

    Dear U-M community, Our hearts are broken with the Michigan State University family following last night’s horrific shooting. We wish for a speedy recovery of the wounded, and we pray for comfort and grace for the loved ones of those so suddenly lost. I know many in our community are reeling from this event as …

  3. Arts Initiative Announcement

    January 26, 2023

    (As prepared for delivery) Thanks for that introduction Provost McCauley, and thank you again for your fantastic partnership. I’d also like to thank: In addition, I’d like to thank all of you here today who have been so engaged in the startup phase of this initiative, and who will be essential in seeing it grow …

  4. Conversation on Climate Event with Vice President Kamala Harris

    January 12, 2023

    Statement delivered by Provost Laurie McCauley for Santa J. Ono President Ono truly wanted to be here with us today. However, he recently tested positive for COVID. So following U-M protocol, he is isolating. President Ono is in good spirits, resting, and eager to return. These remarks are intended to express his thoughts, but reflect …

  5. Statement at December 2022 Board of Regents

    December 8, 2022

    (As prepared for delivery) It’s a pleasure to be with all of you for our second board meeting together. I’m so honored to be serving as President of the University of Michigan, and I’d like to thank all of you again for your confidence in me.  I’d also like to note that, fulfilling a commitment …

  6. Statement on the Iranian Situation

    November 30, 2022

    As a University committed to human dignity, freedom of speech and freedom of intellectual inquiry, we are proud to join in support and solidarity with the Iranians fighting for their fundamental rights. Public demonstrations have cascaded across Iran’s streets and universities since the death of 22-year old Mahsa Amini after she was detained by the …

  7. Statement on Stadium Tunnel Incident

    November 23, 2022

    At the University of Michigan we appreciate the thoughtful, deliberate approach from the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office to this unfortunate incident. We also want to express our concern for all the players involved, especially those who were injured. The University of Michigan will continue to cooperate fully with any additional reviews of this matter.

  8. Statement on Outcome of Proposal 3

    November 9, 2022

    The voters of Michigan have approved Proposal 3. This ends the period of uncertainty faced by people across the state since the overturn of Roe v. Wade, including those engaged with the University of Michigan and Michigan Medicine for their reproductive healthcare, and for their education and training. The health, safety and wellbeing of the …

  9. Statement opposing anti-Black behavior

    November 3, 2022

    I am deeply disappointed to learn that posters supporting the Black Student Union have been torn down across campus. Freedom of speech is a core tenet of our democracy and our university. We condemn any harmful or destructive acts to property or public spaces. Anti-Black behavior is anathema to our community standards and collective growth …

  10. Statement opposing hate speech

    October 28, 2022

    Anti-Semitism and hate speech of any kind have no place at the University of Michigan. These types of attacks are in direct conflict with our deeply held values as a University. Recent events give us the opportunity to commit as an institution to addressing the rise of anti-Semitism and learn about the damage such words …