Independent investigator to lead external review

March 15, 2013

The University issued the following statement today

A former judge, prosecutor and respected investigator will lead an independent review of the police response to two recent protests.

The University has retained Patricia Brown Holmes, a partner in the Chicago law firm Schiff Hardin LLP, to examine events surrounding the January 27 demonstration at the Center for Care and Discovery as well as the February 23 demonstration that began at the Medical Center and ended at the president’s house. Her scope will include the demonstrations themselves, the planning, protocol and response of University police, and the actions of security officers and deans on call.

Holmes will collect and review evidence and conduct interviews with participants and University officials. Her key findings and recommendations will be made available at the conclusion of her review, likely in late April.

University President Robert J. Zimmer and Provost Thomas F. Rosenbaum wrote an email to the campus community on March 3 outlining University values around protest. The text of that email and other messages related to these two protests can be found at http://csl.uchicago.edu/recent-campus-dialogue-on-activism-dissent.