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Statement on the Derek Chauvin Trial Verdict

April 21, 2021

Throughout the course of the past few weeks, our nation has been profoundly impacted by the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd. We recognize that this trial, including the events that led up to it, the testimony given during the proceedings, and the jury’s verdict that was announced, have been emotionally draining for many, especially our Black students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends. The verdict does not remove the pain we are feeling. We must once again dedicate our University to be a place that is safe and supportive as we work toward positive change and anti-racism.

Please reach out if you need support. Services for our students include the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, (330) 823-2138 or; Office of Counseling Services, (330) 823-2886 or; and the Office of the University Chaplain at (330) 829-8715 or For employees, our employee assistance program can provide counseling and support as well. In addition, Dewald Chapel is available to those members of the campus community who would like a moment for quiet reflection. 

As we wrap up the semester, please take care of yourselves and be good to one another during this challenging time. Recognize that those around you may be hurting and extend compassion whenever and wherever you can. Let us work together to ensure that everyone feels welcomed, respected, and supported in our learning community.