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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.


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).


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

For more information, access to all university communications on this incident, resources and information on the vigil, visit Moscow Police will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 23. It will be livestreamed at 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

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News Releases

University of Idaho to Join Moscow Police Press Conference

Posted 11/16/2022 9:30:00 PM

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. Read more

Four Students Killed in Alleged Homicide Identified

Posted 11/14/2022 7:41:00 PM

Law enforcement has released the names of four University of Idaho students found dead Sunday in an off-campus apartment in a suspected homicide. Read more

One Night ‘Cry Havoc!’ Show Explores the Neurosis of War Through Shakespeare

Posted 11/2/2022 4:05:00 PM

Using Shakespeare’s timeless words, and a few of his own, award-winning actor and veteran Stephan Wolfert leads an interactive journey in “Cry Havoc!” Read more

Faculty and Staff

How to Get Help from OIT

Posted 11/10/2022 12:22:00 AM

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is here to help you with a wide range of technology needs, regardless of where you are located. Read more

Public Student Loan Forgiveness Waiver Ends Monday, Oct. 31

Posted 10/13/2022 9:27:00 PM

U of I employees with outstanding educational loan balances can utilize the temporary waiver if they’re eligible. This opportunity ends Monday, Oct. 31. Read more

Register for New Leadership Development Program

Posted 9/8/2022 10:31:00 PM

Reserve a seat by Tuesday, Sept. 20, for Employee Development and Learning’s in-person intensive cohort-based leadership training. Read more

Kudos and Acknowledgements

Dawn Sweet Has Paper Published

Posted 6/10/2021 9:57:00 PM

Dawn Sweet published a paper about the relationship among mindfulness, mental health willingness to communicate among veterinary medicine students. Read more

Thousands Experience U of I Engineering Education Through Virtual and In-Person EXPO

Posted 5/28/2021 6:57:00 PM

More than 5,000 virtual users experienced engineering and computer science through the 28th annual 2021 Engineering Design EXPO. Read more

U of I in the News

‘A competitive advantage’

Posted 9/14/2022 4:45:00 PM

UI professor and Clarkston inventor have created a suspension system that might make its way to the market; inventor now has his sights set higher Read more

Idaho Researchers Could Give Stroke Survivors a Second Chance at Mobility

Posted 7/13/2022 10:27:00 PM

A group of University of Idaho students are building robots to help stroke survivors regain the mobility they have lost. Read more

In Memoriam

Paul L. Blanton, 92, Spokane, Washington

Posted 7/14/2022 10:54:00 PM

Paul L. Blanton, founding dean of University of Idaho's College of Art and Architecture, passed away Sunday, May 22, 2022. Read more

Dale Goble, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Posted 4/15/2022 10:00:00 PM

Dale Goble, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, passed Thursday, April 14, at his home in Moscow. Read more


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