April 30, 2017

April 30, 2017: incident investigation, announcements

Creighton University President, the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ

As we begin finals week and students prepare to leave for summer break or look ahead with great anticipation to Commencement on Saturday, May 13, I am writing to request your assistance with a very important matter, as well as share a preview regarding upcoming announcements this week.

On Friday, I communicated with you regarding the incident on Tuesday, April 25, in which a student reported finding a note containing hateful and discriminatory language taped to his residence hall door. I remain very troubled by this incident, which is not at all representative of the inclusive environment we value as a University. All forms of discrimination or discriminatory harassment violate our Catholic, Jesuit principles and will not be tolerated.

Our investigation, which began immediately after the incident was reported, remains active, and you can be helpful: I strongly encourage you to immediately report – confidentially, if you prefer – any information regarding the individual or individuals responsible for this message to

  • Creighton’s Office of Equity and Inclusion (402-280-3189), 
  • the Office of Residence Life (402-280-2717), 
  • or the Public Safety office (402-280-2104).

On Tuesday of this week, as you continue to navigate final projects and examinations, I will share good news regarding the 2017 Creighton Global Initiative (CGI) awards. The CGI committee reviewed many outstanding proposals, and we are ready to announce the distribution of $1 million in seed funding for the second year of the highly successful program. I sincerely thank Vice Provost for Global Engagement Dr. René Padilla and this year’s CGI committee for their time-intensive discussion and discernment of proposals.

Also, students, please remember to join me on Tuesday evening from 9-10:30 p.m. near the fireplace in the Skutt Student Center for a brief study break that includes free coffee and donuts. I have truly enjoyed sharing this popular event with you at the end of semesters, and I look forward to the conversation about your academic highlights and summer plans during a period that I know is quite hectic for you.

Regarding the fine and meticulous work of the Policy and Procedure Review Committee on Sexual Misconduct, I will provide an update on Thursday regarding preliminary findings from the group. The committee, which is chaired by Dr. Catherine Todero, dean of the College of Nursing, and Mr. David Weber, senior associate dean in the School of Law, has met many times since it was formed in February, and sub-committees also have been studying specific aspects of our policies and procedures.

As this extraordinarily busy spring semester comes to a close, and with notable awards and accomplishments to celebrate, I wish you all the best. I do hope that everyone will find an opportunity to enjoy summer months – most assuredly here on campus, across the nation, and around the globe.

Sincerely,

Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ