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U of U Statement: U.S. Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v. Wade

Dear Colleagues,

The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) is committed to supporting our students, staff, faculty, and researchers. As one of our core values states: We strive to facilitate a welcoming and safe research campus that acts on courtesy, compassion, and awareness of all groups and individuals.

Friday’s decision by the United States Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade is one that has and will certainly create much dialogue, and its impact will be felt throughout all communities. 

We recognize there are strong opinions on this issue and that, ultimately, the legal and moral issues surrounding this debate must be resolved by the courts and the voters. We stand together and support the university's statement that our campus is a place where people of all beliefs are welcome to gather, discuss and debate issues. 
 
The VPR Office and the University of Utah support all those impacted by this change in federal and state health care laws. Amplifying and prioritizing voices from individuals in the research community who experience the effects of the Supreme Court’s decision is essential in helping us establish a culture where all voices are heard from both sides of the issue. The Center for Student WellnessWomen’s Resource Center, and University Counseling Center is available to provide support and resources to the members of our campus community.

Please feel free to share with your teams as appropriate.

Sincerely,

Erin Rothwell, Interim Vice President for Research
Caren Frost, Associate Vice President for Research Integrity, and Compliance
Jake Jensen, Interim Associate Vice President for Research

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Last Updated: 7/5/22