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Message from the Chancellor: Sept. 15, 2017

UMSL maintaining normal operations in wake of Stockley decision


Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

The St. Louis Circuit Court verdict this morning acquitting former St. Louis Metro Police Officer Jason Stockley of criminal charges in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith and potential reaction have understandably created angst. The University of Missouri–St. Louis plans to maintain normal operations – with the understanding that some individuals might find coming to campus difficult.

Therefore, we are asking faculty to be flexible and make appropriate accommodations for students who have demonstrated obstacles to attending regular courses.

We have always been proud of the way in which the UMSL community responds to regional issues – providing professional support to those in need and a safe harbor for civil discussions of solutions. We fully expect that to be the case as the region debates the ramifications of the Stockley case.

Campus leadership and police have created contingency plans to protect UMSL students and employees – based on various levels of potential response affecting the campus.

UMSL has a host of departments and services ranging from institutional safety, counseling and health services and student life ready to answer any questions and help in any way possible. Here is a convenient link that we encourage you to bookmark.

Thank you in advance for your support and understanding as we move forward together.


Tom George

Kristin Sobolik