President's Statements and Announcements
Statement on Student T-Shirts
I was appalled to learn this weekend that a group of individuals had the poor judgment and lack of awareness and understanding to create and then wear T-shirts that perpetuated a derogatory and harmful stereotype of American Indians. The message on the shirts demonstrated an unacceptable lack of sensitivity and a complete lack of respect for American Indians and all members of the community.
These T-shirts were not worn at a UND function -- in fact, the event they are associated with is NOT a university event. They don't appear to have been worn on UND property, and we are not aware that the group represents any UND organization. UND has a responsibility to promote respect and civility within the campus community, and we have the responsibility and right to speak out against hateful behavior. As a University, we teach respect for others. It is imperative that, through our actions, we demonstrate respect for all.
I want to remind students that the University Counseling Center is available for appointments at 777.2127, and I want to remind faculty and staff that they can consult UND's Employee Assistance Plan as needed.
Statement on Gamma Phi Beta Banner
I was disappointed to learn Monday that Gamma Phi Beta sorority had displayed on its sorority house a banner that read "You can take away our mascot but you can't take away our pride. Mens 2014 NCAA Frozen Four." The banner and the timing of the banner – at the beginning of Time Out week, sponsored by the UND Indian Studies Association – demonstrated a lack of sensitivity. I do appreciate that the banner was quickly removed. UND has a long-standing respect for the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, which we teach in many of our academic programs. Along with that, we have a critical responsibility to promote respect and civility within our campus community. We teach and model respect for others. It is imperative that, through our actions, we demonstrate respect for all.
Statement on Restructuring of College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines Administration
Effective immediately, Dr. Steve Light, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at UND, will assume the role of Interim Administrative Dean for the College, responsible for all the College's operations. Dr. Denise Korniewicz, current Dean of the College, has been offered the opportunity to work within the Provost's office and the Research Division as Dean of Research within the University. [...]
Announcement of Site for School of Medicine & Health Sciences Building
University of North Dakota President Robert Kelley has announced that a site has been selected for the new home of the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences. The location is an 8.25-acre plot of land on the Southwest corner of the intersection of North Columbia Road and Gateway Drive in Grand Forks. [...]
Announcement of Architects to Design New School of Medicine & Health Sciences Building
University of North Dakota President Robert O. Kelley has named the noted regional and national firm of JLG Architects in partnership with the internationally recognized firms of Perkins+Will and Steinberg Architects to design the new home of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences. [...]
Announcement of Funding and the Naming of the 'Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering'
The University of North Dakota announces $14 million in private and public partnership funding that will greatly enhance UND's efforts in petroleum geology and related fields. The announcement also included the naming of the Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering in the UND College of Engineering and Mines. [...]
Announcement of Chief Diversity and Inclusion Position
UND President Robert O. Kelley has approved the creation of a new position at the University to strengthen and advance the university's commitment to diversity and inclusion. [...]
Statement About Vote on Measure 4
We are appreciative that voters took the time to listen and to understand the issues and the importance of allowing the University to move forward. We also understand how deeply this has affected all of us. [...]
Statement on N.D. Supreme Court Decision on Nickname
Now that the North Dakota Supreme Court has made its decision, it is important that the voters of North Dakota become fully educated about the potential ramifications of their vote on this issue in June. [...]
Statement on Death of Blake Ayling
The University of North Dakota community is greatly saddened to learn of the death of student Blake Ayling. We have lost a member of our University family, a pre-entrepreneurship major who was on both the UND President's Roll of Honor and the UND Deans' List. [...]
Statement on Nickname
The University of North Dakota appreciates the work of the North Dakota Legislature this week in passing SB 2370. With the signature of Gov. Jack Dalrymple, this action allows UND to complete the directive of the State Board of Higher Education and to meet the terms of the 2007 settlement agreement with the National Collegiate Athletic Association by transitioning away from the current nickname and logo. [...]
Statement on Nickname to Campus Community
I want to bring you up to date on recent events related to the nickname and logo. [...]
Statement About Sen. Bob Stenehjem
I am saddened by the news of the death of North Dakota Senate Majority Leader Bob Stenehjem. It was clear from my many interactions with Bob that he always had the best interests of the state in mind and at heart. He was a pillar in the legislative community and as a leader who constantly worked for the betterment of North Dakota.
Statement on Creating Office of External Affairs
A few weeks ago, I held a campus wide meeting to unveil “Exceptional UND,” a blueprint of how we will continue to transform the University, to take it from the great institution that it is and make it the exceptional institution it is poised to be [...]
Statement on Community and Respect for Diversity and Difference
At the University of North Dakota, our core mission revolves around educating tomorrow's leaders, advancing knowledge, and serving our communities. Our mission statement embraces and embodies the value of diversity as well as lifelong curiosity and learning, service to others, and shared responsibility for the betterment of our communities and the world around us [...]
Code of Conduct
The University of North Dakota (University/UND) is committed to ethical and professional conduct. The University’s leadership expects that each individual performing any activities on behalf of UND will adhere to those standards in the performance of her/his duties. Code of Conduct
Statement on Death of U.S. District Judge Rodney Webb
"The University of North Dakota is mourning the death of our good friend U.S. District Judge Rodney Webb. Judge Webb graduated from UND with a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration in 1957 and a Juris Doctor degree with distinction from the School of Law School in 1959 [...]
Letter Concerning Decision by the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education
Dear Campus Community: Today, Thursday, May 14, the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education passed the following unanimous motion [...]
Statement on Students Helping Sandbag in Fargo
I am gratified -- and not at all surprised -- that our students are eager to volunteer to assist our neighbors in Fargo in their flood preparation efforts. Such concern for others is a hallmark of the University of North Dakota community [...]
Statement on UND President Emeritus Thomas J. Clifford
The University of North Dakota is mourning the loss of President Emeritus Thomas J. Clifford, a North Dakota icon regarded as the most dynamic and influential figure in the history of higher education in this state and region [...]
Statement on Zero Tolerance for Violent Behavior
The University of North Dakota will have ZERO TOLERANCE for violent behavior and for any individual who engages in violent behavior [...]