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Communications From U of I Leadership

Communications from University of Idaho President Scott Green, Provost Torrey Lawrence, Dean of Students Blaine Eckles and Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations Amy Leintz.

Presidential Memos

TO: University of Idaho Students and Employees
FROM: Scott Green, President
DATE: Nov. 23, 2022
SUBJECT: A Special Message from President Scott Green


Vandals —

The path ahead may seem daunting, but we will move forward together.



Scott Green
President


president@uidaho.edu

TO: University of Idaho Students and Employees
FROM: Scott Green, President
DATE: Nov. 22, 2022
SUBJECT: We Will Remain Flexible Through the End of the Semester


The power and strength of the Vandal Family has never been more evident to me than it has this week. The emotion that has united our campus since the horrible deaths of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin is incredible. We will come together 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, on the Administration Building Lawn to commemorate the lives of these four Vandals. In our shared grief, we find strength.

Course Delivery

We have heard from many of you about how you hope we will proceed as a university after Fall Break. Each idea, concern and fear has been heard and considered. We will strive to respond accordingly. As such, faculty have been asked to prepare in-person teaching and remote learning options so that each student can choose their method of engagement for the final two weeks of the semester. Moving courses fully online is not preferred but may be necessary in limited situations. Students, your faculty will communicate course options soon. We still plan to hold the two Commencement Ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 10.

Resources

We are grateful for our faculty who are working hard to meet students where they are, while also dealing with their own grief. Faculty, please communicate with your classes and work with students to help meet end-of-semester requirements. The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning has resources to support you as you make these adjustments.

We appreciate our staff who are keeping offices open, providing resources and helping our students, again while dealing with their own natural reactions to this tragedy.

For all employees, the Employee Assistance Program is available to provide you support during this difficult time. Additional Emergency Crisis resources have been made available through EAP.

Drop-in counseling for students will continue the week of Nov. 28. Watch for details. The Counseling and Testing Center will also be open for drop-in or by appointment at 208-885-6716. This phone line provides 24/7 access to counselors (select option three in the evenings and weekends to be connected to someone).

Safety

We continue to push for answers to this case while recognizing the enormity of the task ahead for dozens of law enforcement experts across agencies. We are not accustomed to this kind of violence in our town or at our university and are grateful to the Idaho State Police for increasing their visibility on our campus and in our community. This will continue for the foreseeable future.

Student and employee safety remains our priority. In addition to the increased Idaho State Police presence, we have increased our own security force. Safewalk continues to be available 24/7 by calling 885-7233 (SAFE). Extra safety precautions are being taken in the residence halls, and Fraternity and Sorority Life chapters are encouraged to review their own facility security protocols with their housing corporation boards.

Tips and Updates

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call 208-883-7180 or email tipline@ci.moscow.id.us.

For more information, access to all university communications on this incident, resources and information on the vigil, visit uidaho.edu. Moscow Police will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 23. It will be livestreamed at https://youtu.be/bXEo-AMZbkg. Watch your email early next week for further information from the university.

As the case unfolds, we will better know how to proceed in the new year. We will endeavor to find balance among safety concerns, the need to grieve and the long-term needs of all our students and employees.

As we gather with family and friends this week, remember those who have empty seats at their tables. Remember those who grieve. This senseless crime has shaken us all. It has also brought us closer, caused people to step up and support one another, and perform selfless acts of kindness. For that, I am thankful for this Vandal Family.

Scott Green
President


president@uidaho.edu

TO: University of Idaho Students and Employees
FROM: Scott Green, President
DATE: Nov. 17, 2022
SUBJECT: Our Vandal Family Continues to Support


It has been four days since the tragic deaths of four outstanding Vandals. We are all still working though our grief and a range of emotions. Compounding this is the frustration and concern that no one has been arrested for these crimes. We continue to push for justice.

The Moscow Police Department maintains that this appears to be a targeted attack. Because the suspect remains at large, we recommend increased vigilance and encourage anyone with any information to contact Moscow Police at 208-882-2677. You will see an increased security presence through the weekend. This is an intentional increase in response to your concerns and not a reflection of any new information or heightened threat communicated by MPD. SafeWalk services remain available by calling 208-885-7233.

We need to remain flexible this week and grant our students and colleagues room to process these unprecedented events in their own ways. Students, you are encouraged to do what is right for you. Whether this is going home early or staying in class, you have our support.

Counseling services remain available for students at the Counseling and Testing Center or by calling 208-885-6713. You will need to push option three after-hours and on weekends.

Watch your email over the break for updates concerning what we learn about the investigation and plans for after the break.

The outreach, kind words and care are conspicuous and broadly displayed across our community and the state. I am proud and grateful for your thoughtful concern for one another over the past few days. We need to be prepared for increased support of one another in the days and weeks ahead. We are a Vandal Family, and that has never been more evident than now.

Scott Green
President


president@uidaho.edu

TO: University of Idaho Students and Employees
FROM: Scott Green, President
DATE: Nov. 16, 2022
SUBJECT: Moscow Police Department News Conference Statement


The University of Idaho participated today in a joint press conference led by the City of Moscow Police Department. I had the opportunity to address the public about the homicides that have shaken our community. The press conference was livestreamed and is available to view on U of I’s YouTube channel. Below are my opening comments.

This crime and the loss of these young lives is beyond comprehension. While our small community is certainly not immune to such things, it is not a situation our close-knit campus is used to dealing with.

First, my deepest condolences to the families and friends of Ethan, Kaylee, Xana and Madison. Their loss has been devastating. They were bright lights in our community, are deeply missed and remain in our thoughts and prayers.

We have been working with Moscow Police since we were notified on Sunday of the crime. We have helped when asked and continually pushed for as much information as possible, knowing we cannot interfere with the important work of a good investigation. We just want justice for these victims.

Our focus at the university is to support our students and employees. We are encouraging students and employees to take care of themselves as we head into the Thanksgiving break. I want to take a moment to commend our faculty and staff who have been on the front lines helping our students, whether that is providing counseling to those that need support, accommodating those that want to travel home, or engaging those who find comfort in staying busy interacting with their peers and instructors in class. Our employees stepped up when our students needed them.

While we have relied heavily on the expertise of the Moscow Police Department, we feel confident that remaining open with flexibility to leave allows our students to decide what is best for them.

The weeks ahead will continue to challenge us as this loss and the circumstances around this crime become known. We will support each other as we grieve, and we will move through this together as a Vandal Family.

Scott Green
President

president@uidaho.edu
uidaho.edu/president

TO: University of Idaho Students and Employees
FROM: Scott Green, President
DATE: Nov. 14, 2022
SUBJECT: Loss in the Vandal Family


With tremendous sadness, I share with you the names of four members of the Vandal Family who died over the weekend: Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves. These four students were killed in an alleged homicide that took place off-campus and is under active investigation by the Moscow Police Department.

Ethan, a freshman from Mount Vernon, Washington, was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity majoring in recreation, sport and tourism management in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.

Xana was a junior from Post Falls majoring in marketing in the College of Business and Economics. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.

Madison was a senior majoring in marketing in the College of Business and Economics. She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority and was from Coeur d’Alene.

Kaylee, from Rathdrum, was a senior majoring in general studies in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. She was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority.

My wife Gabriella and I are simply heartbroken. Words cannot adequately describe the light these students brought to this world or ease the depth of suffering we feel at their passing under these tragic circumstances. No one feels that loss more than their families and friends. The university is working directly with those affected and is committed to supporting all students, families and employees as this event undeniably touches all of us.

Drop-in counseling is available to all students from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Nov. 14, on the ISUB fourth floor, and in the Counseling and Testing Center on the third floor of Mary Forney Hall. No appointments are necessary, just stop by. Therapy dog support is available 2-5 p.m. today in the ISUB Vandal Lounge. The Dean of Students Office and counseling services, 208-885-6716, are available to visit any student groups needing more focused support or assistance.

Additional counseling resources for employees will be provided from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow, Nov. 15, at the Dean of Students office in TLC 232. Employees needing assistance also can use the free and confidential EAP resources available through your benefits or contact David Talbot, university ombuds, at ombuds@uidaho.edu for additional support.

We are grateful for the support of the community and the ongoing work of the MPD. We are doing all we can to aid their efforts. If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the MPD immediately at 208-882-COPS (2677). Additional security is in place on campus to assist with Safe Walks, which can be arranged by calling 208-885-SAFE (7233).

As Vandals, we come together and support one another through challenging times, leaning into our collective strength. Look out for one another now. If you are worried about a student or employee and are unsure of what to do, please file a VandalCare report. The Office of the Dean of Students is working with several of our students to hold a candlelight vigil later this week so that the Vandal Family can mourn the loss of our friends together.

Moscow police do not believe there is an ongoing community risk based on information gathered during the preliminary investigation, however, we ask our employees to be empathetic, flexible and to work with our students who desire to return home to spend time with their families. We do not know the investigation timeline, but we will continue to communicate to campus as we learn more.

With sympathies to all who are affected,

Scott Green
President

president@uidaho.edu
uidaho.edu/president

TO: University of Idaho Students and Employees
FROM: Scott Green, President
DATE: Nov. 13, 2022
SUBJECT: Classes Cancelled to Honor Student Victims


It is with deep sadness that I share with you that the university was notified today of the death of four University of Idaho students living off-campus believed to be victims of homicide. Out of respect for these fellow Vandals, classes statewide and online are cancelled Monday, Nov. 14. All campuses remain open. Classes will resume Tuesday, Nov. 15.

The Moscow Police Department is investigating and the families of these students have been notified. We continue to actively aid law enforcement’s efforts. MPD does not believe there is an active threat. We are grateful for the support of the community and the ongoing efforts of the Police Department. The university is committed to supporting students and families during this difficult time.

Students impacted have support options available. Students can reach out to the Counseling and Testing Center on the third floor of Mary Forney Hall or call 208-885-6716 for support. Press option three for immediate support in the evenings and on weekends. Students can visit the fourth floor of the ISUB from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Monday, for immediate drop-in counseling support. Students can also visit the Dean of Students Office in TLC 232 should you require assistance.

Employees needing assistance should use the free and confidential EAP resources available through your benefits. Watch your email Monday for details about additional support resources.

An event of this magnitude can understandably have significant impacts on those left behind. As Vandals, we must come together and lift each other up. If you are worried about a student or employee and are unsure of what to do, please file a VandalCare report.

More details will be released as they become available. If you have any information about this crime, call Moscow police at 208-882-2677. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of our students as the Vandal Family mourns their loss..

Scott Green
President

president@uidaho.edu
uidaho.edu/president

For Students

TO: University of Idaho Students
FROM: Blaine Eckles, Dean of Students and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
DATE: Nov. 18, 2022
SUBJECT: Resources Available Throughout Thanksgiving Break


As you head into fall recess, it may be hard to turn your focus away from the events of this week. We are all keeping Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen and their families in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.

I wanted to provide you with some information that may be of use over the coming days and weeks. Please feel free to share it with others who you believe may benefit from the resources outlined.

Vigil Update 

The university will host a vigil for Xana, Ethan, Kaylee and Madison at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30. The vigil will be on the Moscow campus with the final location to be determined at a later date as we monitor the forecast. Please continue to check your campus email for further details on the vigil and other important university communications. 

Academic Experience After Thanksgiving 

The academic leadership for the university has been discussing options for class participation after Thanksgiving break. You should receive a communication early next week about your options for the remainder of the semester. 

Support for the Families 

GoFundMe pages have been established for Xana, Ethan, Kaylee and Madison. You can show your support to the families through GoFundMe or donate to a charity of your choice in their name. 

Counseling and Support Services Over Thanksgiving Break

Students can access counseling services over the break at the Counseling and Testing Center, Mary Forney Hall third floor, Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 21-23. The center will be closed Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 24-27, for the Thanksgiving recess, but will reopen Monday, Nov. 28. You can call the Counseling and Testing Center at 208-885-6716 to connect with a counselor and select option three in the evenings, weekends and over the holiday to talk with a counselor.

Even though students have traveled away from campus, remote Zoom meeting options are available. You do not need to be in person to connect with support. 

Students from the Boise area can also receive support from the Boise State University Counseling Center through walk-in counseling Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 21-23. Call 208-426-1459 or visit the Norco Building, second floor (1529 Belmont St.) on the Boise State campus.

When classes resume Monday, Nov. 28, we will again have drop-in counseling sessions available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, in the ISUB and all week at the Counseling and Testing Center. 

The Office of the Dean of Students remains a resource for you. Call 208-885-6757 or file a VandalCARE report and you will receive a response.

How to Cope With What You Are Experiencing 

What you are thinking and feeling as a result of this senseless act may be difficult to process. You may not know how to talk about or deal with what you are experiencing. Thus, we want to provide you with resources, beyond what has already been communicated, that may assist you in navigating the days and weeks ahead.

You are encouraged to reach out to friends, family, clergy and/or counselors who can provide support. In addition, below are additional resources compiled by the Counseling and Testing Center which also may be of benefit: 

What Is Your Grief

Grief and Homicide

Ways to Support Someone Who is Grieving

How to Help a Grieving Friend

Books

  • “Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief,” by Joanne Cacciatore
  • “Grieving Is Loving: Compassionate Words for Bearing the Unbearable,” by Joanne Cacciatore
  • “Good Grief: A Companion for Every Loss,” by Granger Westberg
  • “It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand,” by Megan Devine
  • “Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief,” by David Kessler
  • “The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn From Love and Loss,” by Mary-Frances O’Connor
  • “Permission to Mourn: A New Way to do Grief,” by Tom Zuba

Podcasts

How You Can Help 

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call 208-883-7180 or email tipline@ci.moscow.id.us.

Vandals, you are not alone. There is help and support for you. Make sure you are reaching out, using available resources and, more than anything, communicating your needs.

As we hold the families of Xana, Ethan, Kaylee and Madison in our hearts, I remind you that we are the Vandal Family and will go through this together.

I wish you and your families a warm and safe Thanksgiving.  

Blaine Eckles
Dean of Students and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs 

deanofstudents@uidaho.edu

TO: University of Idaho Students
FROM: Blaine Eckles, Dean of Students and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
DATE: Nov. 15, 2022
SUBJECT: Counseling Available as Classes Commence and Vigil Postponed 


Many are going through a horrific time as we all collectively mourn the passing of four stellar Vandals. We know that their passing has had a profound impact on their families and friends, and we stand with them in their grief.

I want to remind you of the ongoing support available as you navigate the days and weeks ahead. While the university will resume classes today, Nov. 15, we also recognize some students may need to handle this situation in a different way. Please communicate your needs to your faculty, whom I am confident will work with you as you identify the best path ahead for you.

Support is readily available on the Moscow campus.

  • Drop-In Counseling is available in the following locations:
    • ISUB Fourth Floor
      • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., today, and Wednesday, Nov. 15 and 16 – Panorama Room.
    • Counseling and Testing Center
      • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday – Mary Forney Hall, Third Floor.
      • For support in the evenings and on weekends, call 208-885-6716 and select option No. 3 to talk with a counselor.
    • Therapy Dogs will be back from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., today, Nov. 15, in the ASUI Vandal Lounge.

Students can also reach out for support through the Office of the Dean of Students in TLC 232 or by calling 208-885-6757. File a CARE report if you are struggling or know of someone needing assistance.

Candlelight Vigil Postponed

As a great number of students have already left the Moscow campus, a candlelight vigil that was previously being considered for tomorrow, Nov. 16, is being rescheduled. It will be held after Thanksgiving break, during the week of Nov. 28, so that all students who wish to attend are able to do so. Keep monitoring your emails for date, time and location of the vigil.

As Vandals, we will continue to help one another navigate these difficult days ahead, all while supporting those most impacted by these tragic losses.

Blaine Eckles
Dean of Students and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs 

deanofstudents@uidaho.edu

For Parents

Vandal Families —

We are all keeping Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen and their families in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. The mood on campus is still one of shock and profound sadness. Compounding this is the frustration and concern that no one has been arrested for these horrific crimes. And while students have departed campus for home or other locations for the Thanksgiving break, we are all still left with many questions and few answers. The university participated in the Moscow Police Department press conference earlier this week and if you have not had an opportunity to view it, I encourage you to do so.

As your student begins fall recess, they may find it difficult to turn their focus away from the events of this week. I communicated much of the information contained here to students today. I wanted to provide you with the same information as it may be helpful to you as you support your student in the days and weeks ahead.

Vigil Update

The university will be hosting a vigil for Xana, Ethan, Kaylee and Madison at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30. It will be on the University of Idaho campus with the final location being announced later as we monitor the forecast. Please encourage your student to continue checking their campus email for further details on the vigil and other important university communications.

Academic Experience After Thanksgiving

The academic leadership for the university has been discussing options for class participation after the Thanksgiving break. Your student will receive a communication early next week about their options for the remainder of the semester.

Support for the Families

GoFundMe pages have been established for Xana, Ethan, Kaylee and Madison. You can show your support to the families by donating on GoFundMe or to a charity of your choice in their name.

Counseling and Support Services Over the Thanksgiving Break

Students can access counseling services over the break at the Counseling and Testing Center, Mary Forney Hall third floor, Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 21-23. The center will be closed Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 24-27, for the Thanksgiving recess, but will reopen Monday, Nov. 28.Your student can call the Counseling and Testing Center at 208-885-6716 to connect with a counselor and select option three in the evenings, weekends and over the holiday to talk with a counselor.

Even though students have traveled away from campus, remote Zoom meeting options are available. They do not need to be in person to connect with support.

Students from the Boise area can also receive support from the Boise State University Counseling Center through walk-in counseling Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 21-23. Call 208-426-1459 or visit the Norco Building, second floor (1529 Belmont St.) on the Boise State campus.

When classes resume on Monday, Nov. 28, we will again have drop-in counseling sessions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, in the ISUB and all week at the Counseling and Testing Center.

The Office of the Dean of Students remains a resource for you. Call 208-885-6757 or file a VandalCARE report and you will receive a response.

How to Cope With What You Are Experiencing

What your student is thinking and feeling as a result of this senseless act may be difficult for them to process. You may not know how to talk to them about what they are experiencing. Thus, we want to provide you with resources, beyond what has already been communicated, that may assist you in the days and weeks ahead.

Your student is encouraged to reach out to friends, family, clergy and/or counselors who can provide support. In addition, below are some additional resources compiled by the Counseling and Testing Center which also may be of benefit:

What Is Your Grief

Grief and Homicide

Ways to Support Someone Who is Grieving

How to Help a Grieving Friend

Books

  • “Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief,” by Joanne Cacciatore
  • “Grieving Is Loving: Compassionate Words for Bearing the Unbearable,” by Joanne Cacciatore
  • “Good Grief: A Companion for Every Loss,” by Granger Westberg
  • “It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand,” by Megan Devine
  • “Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief,” by David Kessler
  • “The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn From Love and Loss,” by Mary-Frances O’Connor
  • “Permission to Mourn: A New Way to do Grief,” by Tom Zuba

Podcasts

I recognize that, as family members, you have questions and want answers and assurances about the safety of your student. I want those assurances, too. I believe the Moscow Police Department is working hard and in our best interests, but I also recognize that no one will feel truly safe until the perpetrator of this horrific crime is brought to justice. In the meantime, we will continue to provide support and care to your student. I wish I could communicate more often than has occurred, but our focus has been on responding to the needs of our student community and providing whatever support we can for the families of the victims. I appreciate your patience and understanding as we respond to the numerous calls and emails we have received.

As we hold the families of Xana, Ethan, Kaylee and Madison in our hearts, I wish you and your families a warm and safe Thanksgiving.

Blaine Eckles
Dean of Students and Vice Provost for Student Affairs

deanofstudents@uidaho.edu

Vandal Families —

This is truly a sad time at the University of Idaho. As you may have learned, the university was notified yesterday of the death of four University of Idaho students at an off-campus location and they are all believed to be victims of homicide. This is an active investigation occurring by the Moscow Police Department and the university is providing full cooperation to them as they conduct this investigation. All information on the crime will come from Moscow Police. If you or your student has information that may be helpful to them, please call (208) 882-2677.

News like this will understandably raise questions of safety and concern for you about your student and the campus community. I am hopeful this communication will address some of the questions you have about what steps we are taking as an institution to support your student and one another.

To begin, we are in close contact with law enforcement who continue to tell us there is not an active threat to our campus community. Nevertheless, we have increased campus safety patrols on the Moscow campus. Our Campus Safety and Security Office works closely with the Moscow Police Department. We always have police officers stationed on campus, in addition to campus security officers that patrol campus 24/7.

We have a Campus Safety Escort program. Your student can call (208) 885-SAFE (7233) to request a security officer for a campus safety escort.

Our priority is providing support for our students. Drop-in counseling is available for any student seeking support. Students do not need to call for an appointment, they can simply show up and receive support. They can access drop-in counseling by visiting the following:

  • 4th Floor of the ISUB from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 14.
  • Counseling and Testing Center, Mary Forney Hall (3rd Floor), from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Students can access emotional support in the evenings and weekends by calling the Counseling and Testing at (208) 885-6716 and selecting option #3.

We will be providing Therapy Dogs to support students in the Vandal Lounge in the ISUB from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. today.

We will communicate additional support resource options for your student through the week. Please encourage them to read their university emails regularly.

Your student can also access support at the Dean of Students Office, located in TLC #232 or by calling (208) 885-6757.

Our Residence Halls are locked 24 hours a day, requiring a card-access to enter the buildings. Our fraternities and sororities also operate in a similar fashion.

If you are worried about your student, please file a CARE report. Our Case Management team will then reach out and offer personal support to your student.

This is an ever-evolving situation and my heart breaks for the families and friends of the victims. Thank you for your continued supportive thoughts and prayers as the Vandal Family navigates this tragic situation.

Blaine Eckles
Dean of Students and Vice Provost for Student Affairs

deanofstudents@uidaho.edu

For Employees

TO: University of Idaho Faculty
FROM: Torrey Lawrence, Provost and Executive Vice President
DATE: Friday, Nov. 18, 2022
SUBJECT: Planning for Moscow Classes after Fall Recess


The last week has been like no other at University of Idaho. We have all suffered from the tragic deaths of Xana, Madison, Kaylee and Ethan. As we mourn their loss, I want to express my gratitude for what many of you did to accommodate students this week. We have received messages from students, parents, grandparents and friends. They described faculty who went out of their way to be flexible with students who returned home early. We have heard stories of classroom discussions that provided a healing space for both students and faculty. Some have even shared how faculty contacted individual students daily out of concern for their wellbeing.

For all your work, thank you for serving our students and showing such empathy. Your efforts are greatly appreciated and are inspiring.

We must also begin to look ahead and we have some difficult decisions to make. We don’t know when the criminal behind this horrible crime will be apprehended. Regardless of what happens next in the investigation, we expect to have students who return and who do not return to Moscow. In consultation with the deans, we decided to continue to extend flexibility to our students for the remainder of the semester. Given the uncertain nature of this case, we need to remain adaptable and supportive of student needs.

To accommodate our Moscow students, including those who may not return, please plan to finish the final two weeks of all Moscow courses with learning activities that can be completed in Moscow and from a distance. I suggest two approaches:

  1. Teach the course for those in person but do what you can to accommodate those from afar. For some classes this can be done with Zoom, recorded lectures, online resources, take home assignments, etc. For other courses it is not that simple (e.g., labs, studios, rehearsals and other hands-on experiential learning, etc.). Additionally, there may be asynchronous options that you might offer to students who want to complete courses remotely.
  2. Move the course fully online. This is not preferred, especially for those students in Moscow, but it may be necessary in some situations. Classes should not be canceled.
    These changes will require us to refocus on learning outcomes, and we may need to reconsider assessment methods that are different from those originally planned. Final exam formats may need to be altered or adapted.

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will be available Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 21-23, to assist you in adapting your teaching to alternative formats. Please contact them directly at cetl@uidaho.edu for any help you may need. Additional information, including practical advice for Teaching and Learning in Times of Crisis, Altering Instructional Formats to Include All Students and 24/7 Canvas Support (inside Canvas) are just a click away.

Minor alterations to academic policies are under consideration and this information will be clarified after break. Currently, Dec. 10 commencement ceremonies are scheduled to continue as planned.

While these adjustments are primarily focused on in-person courses in Moscow, there may be circumstances on our other campuses where adjustments are also necessary. I leave that to your judgment.

The end of the semester will be challenging as the story of this tragedy continues to unfold. I expect we will all experience additional disruption as new information becomes known. If you need assistance, U of I has the Employee Assistance Program to help you.

A communication will go out to students early next week notifying them of their options and resources. I wanted to provide you advance notice in the event students reach out to you.

Let’s focus on each other and on our students as we complete the semester. Again, I am deeply grateful for everything you have done thus far to assist our students, and I acknowledge the additional effort needed to finish the semester in a more flexible format.

My best wishes to you and your families for a warm and safe Thanksgiving holiday.

Torrey Lawrence
Provost and Executive Vice President


provost@uidaho.edu

TO: University of Idaho Employees
FROM: Torrey Lawrence, Provost and Executive Vice President
DATE: Nov. 14, 2022
SUBJECT: Workplace Guidance for This Week


This is a trying time for the University of Idaho community and the situation creates challenges for us as we navigate our work with students.

I am writing to follow up with workplace guidance following the tragic deaths of four students over the weekend. Classes on Monday, Nov. 14 were cancelled out of respect to the victims. This message outlines guidance through Thanksgiving Break.

Classes

A significant number of students are directly impacted by these deaths and some students have already returned home to be with family. Many remain. Classes resume tomorrow, Tuesday, and faculty is encouraged to adjust courses to support your needs and the needs of students. Use your best judgement about course delivery methods between now and Nov. 28. In all of your dealings with students, please be flexible and accommodating regarding attendance, assignments, exams, etc. Communicate clearly with students and share major changes with your unit administrator.

Workplace

This situation may also be distressing to many of our employees. As a reminder, supervisors have the ability to approve flexible work hours and locations for up to two weeks without additional approval. This includes staff and faculty. Offices need to be open and changes to hours or locations should be communicated clearly.

In-person counseling support for employees will be provided from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow, Tuesday, at the Dean of Students office in TLC 232. Employees can use the free and confidential EAP resources available through your benefits or contact David Talbot, university ombuds, at ombuds@uidaho.edu for additional support. HR will communicate additional resources as they become available.

Employees can also use accumulated leave if necessary. Please work with your supervisor to make arrangements.

Events

Campus remains open based on the guidance of the Moscow Police Department. Units that have organized events this week may continue as planned or may cancel or postpone them as needed.

You will continue to receive updates as the situation evolves. This is an unimaginable tragedy. I appreciate your continued efforts to support each other and our students. The days ahead will be difficult to navigate. Please access supportive resources in place to assist with challenges you may encounter.

Torrey Lawrence
Provost and Executive Vice President


provost@uidaho.edu

For Alumni

Alumni and friends,

The Vandal Family is mourning the loss of students Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves less than a week ago. Our hearts are broken for them, and for their families whose grief is unimaginable.

Many Vandals have reached out to express their shock, sorrow and concern for the safety of our students who choose to remain on campus at this time. In addition to the highly visible presence of local law enforcement and the Idaho State Police across campus, U of I has brought on a private security firm to augment our regular campus security team. Further, we have encouraged students to do what is best for them in processing this tragedy. Students have maximum flexibility in deciding whether to continue attending classes, or to leave early for the Thanksgiving holiday break. Any student who wishes to go home early for the Thanksgiving holiday may do so without repercussions.

The university remains open for the many students who have shared that they find comfort in continuing their studies, as well as students who are not able to return home for any reason. Any student, employee or visitor can receive a security escort from one point on campus to another, day or night.

President Scott Green has been sending regular updates. I am sharing his Nov. 17 memo here with you.

The alumni support and care has truly been extraordinary. We are so grateful to have such a strong and compassionate Vandal Family. Many of you have asked how you can help the families of Ethan, Xana, Madison and Kaylee. Please visit www.uidaho.edu/remember for ways to support them and show your solidarity with the Vandal Family.

We will continue to share information as it becomes available. Should your Office of Alumni Relations be of assistance during this trying time, please don’t hesitate to contact me or my team at alumni@uidaho.edu.

Thank you,

Amy Lientz '95
Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations

Dear Vandals,

The Vandal Family is in mourning this week. Nothing could have prepared us for the stunning news Sunday that four of our University of Idaho students were found dead in a home just off campus.

The loss of Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Madison Mogen is devastating. Our hearts break for their families and friends. The shock still reverberates through our close-knit community and we struggle to fathom the violence and cruelty of their deaths.

The Vandal Family across the world was shaken by the loss. We’re comforted by the showing of love and support through letters, phone calls, texts and messages. A candlelight vigil will be held on the Administration Lawn following Thanksgiving Break and we will find other ways to honor the memory of our students in the coming weeks and months.

We understand the fear and anxiety resulting from this tragedy and our employees are providing support and accommodation whenever possible. We’re working hard to increase the security presence around campus and provide extra resources to support students and employees during this difficult time.

The days and weeks ahead will continue to challenge us. We will support each other as we grieve and will get through this together as a Vandal Family.

C. Scott Green
President

Alumni and friends,

Our university community is devasted by the deaths of four University of Idaho students yesterday. As members of the Vandal Family, our hearts go out to the families and friends of these students, along with others who are impacted by this tragedy. 

Please read the memo from President Scott Green about the university’s response to this terrible loss of life. We will share more information as it becomes available. 

Thank you,

Amy Lientz '95
Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations

U of I News Communications

MOSCOW, Idaho — University of Idaho will join a press conference led by the City of Moscow Police Department at 3:30 p.m. Pacific time today, Nov. 16, in the Moscow Police Department Training Room located at 155 Southview Ave., Moscow, Idaho.

U of I President Scott Green will deliver remarks. University of Idaho leadership will be available for questions. The press conference will be livestreamed on U of I’s YouTube channel, at https://youtu.be/Xumm43K0Buo.

Media Contacts:

Jodi Walker
Executive Director of Communications
208-791-2109
jwalker@uidaho.edu

Kyle Pfannenstiel
Media Relations Manager
208-329-8947
kylecp@uidaho.edu

MOSCOW, Idaho — Law enforcement has released the names of four University of Idaho students found dead Sunday, Nov. 13, in an off-campus apartment in a suspected homicide.

The students were: Ethan Chapin, a freshman from Mount Vernon, Washington, and a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity majoring in recreation, sport and tourism management in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences; Xana Kernodle, a junior from Post Falls majoring in marketing in the College of Business and Economics and a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority; Madison Mogen, a senior from Coeur d’Alene majoring in marketing in the College of Business and Economics; and Kaylee Goncalves, a senior from Rathdrum majoring in general studies in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences.

Next of kin have been notified.

The Moscow Police Department is actively investigating the incident and does not believe there is an active threat. The students’ causes of death have yet to be released. Moscow police will release any new information on the crime. Idaho State Police are assisting in the investigation. U of I continues to assist law enforcement in the investigation.

The university is providing additional counseling on site today and tomorrow for students and employees. Additional security is on campus to assist with Safe Walks, a free service to all students and employees.

U of I canceled classes Monday, Nov. 14, out of respect for the victims.

Media Contacts:

Jodi Walker
Executive Director of Communications
208-791-2109
jwalker@uidaho.edu

Kyle Pfannenstiel
Media Relations Manager
208-329-8947
kylecp@uidaho.edu

Campus Locations

Physical Address:
Bruce M. Pitman Center
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4264
Moscow, ID 83844-4264
info@uidaho.edu
www.uidaho.edu

Phone: 208-885-6111

Fax: 208-885-9119

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