President's Updates

Campus perspectives on race and the criminal justice system

12/15/2014 • The exchange of ideas and discourse is at the heart of our mission here at the University of Oregon.  In that spirit, I am pleased to share Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, Yvette Alex-Assensoh’s recent opinion essay titled, “Are Black Men America’s Proverbial Canaries in the Coal Mine?”   Her essay offers a perspective on the two recent grand jury verdicts and their implications for American democracy.

Email to University Senate: Policies proposal

12/10/2014 • Interim President Scott Coltrane sent the following email to members of the University Senate regarding the proposal for university's process for reviewing policies: Colleagues, The University of Oregon lived up to its reputation as a place of lively debate and passionate discourse this week in our discussion of a policies proposal before the UO Board of Trustees.

UO and GTFF reach tentative agreement

12/10/2014 • I am very pleased to report that the University of Oregon and the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation have reached a tentative contract agreement. Once ratified, the new contract will provide pay increases and a graduate assistance fund and absences provision that address concerns about financial losses from medical and parental needs. This agreement means the strike has ended and we can return to our end-of-term activities.

Senate addresss, December 3, 2014

12/03/2014 • Interim President Coltrane make the follow remarks to the University Senate: This is a challenging time for our campus.  I think it is fair to say the GTFF strike is hard on everyone, and that no one wanted things to get to this point. Frances and I, and our team, certainly hoped to reach agreement, and we have worked day and night to do so.

Policy review and revision process update

12/01/2014 • The University of Oregon has embarked on a process of reviewing and updating its policies, as I announced to campus in October.

Senate address: Comprehensive plan to address sexual assault

11/05/2014 • The following is the text of the president's prepared remarks to the University Senate at its regular meeting. Thank you, President Kyr. Good afternoon everyone. I want to first let you know that Provost Bronet is not able to attend today’s senate meeting because she is at the University of Michigan with Vice Presidents Yvette Alex-Assensoh and Robin Homes for a national meeting on campus climate.

Policy review and revision process

10/22/2014 • Under our new governance by the Board of Trustees, the University of Oregon needs to review and update its policies. This is a big undertaking. But it is important work, as these policies are critical to our operations and fulfilling our mission. This review will also afford us the opportunity to organize and streamline the policies so that the University can operate effectively and transparently.

University Update: Making history - the Oregon way

10/22/2014 • Interim President Coltrane shared the following message with faculty and staff by email:

Important information about reporting sexual violence

10/01/2014 • Sexual Harassment and Violence Prevention and Response – Email to Faculty. For the most up-to-date information and resources, visit or October 2014

Review panel invites campus to speak during two listening sessions focused on the student experience

09/30/2014 • The following message was sent on behalf of Mary Deits, Chair of the President’s Review Panel.