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Dear Santa Clara University Community,

I want to clarify publicly that the article in People magazine on August 25 incorrectly attributed several statements to “a spokesperson for Campus Safety.” Those statements were not authorized by the University and do not represent the views of Santa Clara University. No one was or is authorized to act as a spokesperson for Campus Safety in this matter. Strong steps have been taken to repudiate the quotes and to underscore that the investigation must not be compromised.

Dr. Danielle Morgan and Matthew Morgan are respected, valued and loved members of this community. I strongly condemn any statements that suggest that the University devalues their suffering, and I am sorry that these unauthorized statements occurred and have deepened their family’s pain.

We requested and received from People a correction that made it clear the quotes were not from a University spokesperson. We have also requested an editorial note be added to the web article reflecting what I have written above. We will continue to take strong steps against misrepresentations of University positions.

We are taking this situation very seriously and are committed to doing what is right and just. Shortly, I will inform the community of additional steps we have put into place to move our commitment forward promptly and comprehensively.


Kevin F. O'Brien, S.J.