Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Message: Our duty to our community

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Dear KU Community,

The shocking allegations of abuse at Penn State serve as a reminder to us all of the importance of reporting crimes and other offenses to the proper authorities, including law enforcement.

Beyond any legal responsibilities, we each have a moral obligation to look out for the safety of the other members of our community, especially when they are children.

The state's mandatory reporting law does not cover institutions of higher education, but we are examining changes to KU’s own policies which would codify that responsibility for our employees.

Again, it is our duty as human beings to immediately report to police any abuse or sexual assault of a child, including reports you receive from others.

This page lists a number of different resources available to members of our community. Please utilize these resources if you or someone you know needs help.

Bernadette Gray-Little

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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
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Chancellor's Vision

The mission of the University of Kansas is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities, and making discoveries that change the world.

We will do that by raising the expectations we have for ourselves, the aspirations we have for our state, and the hopes we have for our world.