President Gottfredson sent the following message to all students, faculty, and staff regarding a report released by the Eugene Police Department on May 5, 2014.
Dear Campus Community,
The report of sexual violence affecting our community is of deep concern to me, as it is to all of us. The University of Oregon takes such reports extremely seriously. As a residential campus, a close community of students, faculty, and staff, supporting our students and protecting their safety is our highest priority.
I am deeply troubled by the information contained in the police report released yesterday by the Eugene Police Department. The university has rigorous internal conduct processes that we follow when we receive a report such as this, as well as legal processes and a moral commitment to our students. We share a responsibility to provide a safe learning environment for our students, a responsibility I take very seriously.
Michael Gottfredson, President
A listing of resources available to students who have experienced sexual violence or harassment is available at safe.uoregon.edu and at the SAFE hotline at 541-346-SAFE.