TU Statement on Riot at U.S. Capitol (employee/student email) - The University of Tulsa

TU Statement on Riot at U.S. Capitol (employee/student email)

TU community,

Like many of you, I was deeply troubled by Wednesday’s assault on the United States Capitol. The brazen lawlessness that attempted to disrupt our democratic process has no place in a nation founded on truth and justice.

However, in the midst of the chaos I found hope when members of Congress returned to duty after the rioting to fulfill their oath of office as a unified branch of government. The decision to set aside partisan differences for the health of the republic was commendable.

The University of Tulsa values robust discussion and peaceful dissent. Our mission speaks to those core values that strengthen our society through respect, integrity and service to others. We teach students to think critically and behave ethically. Empathy and education can mend almost any divide. I look forward to hearing about TU students, alumni, faculty and staff who are working to build a more perfect union, offering support and treating each other with dignity and respect.

As these events may impact many of us in different ways, I encourage you to consider utilizing support provided through the university. Students may schedule an appointment with Counseling and Psychological Services at any time. Faculty and staff – as well as their dependents – may seek help through the Employee Assistance Plan, which offers resources to cope with stress, grief and other issues.

Let us take time to process all that has happened and then get down to the business of restoring faith in our nation. There is much to be done.


Janet K. Levit
Interim President