USM Board of Regents to Hold Special Meeting August 17

Adelphi, Md. (Aug. 15, 2018) -- The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents will hold a special meeting via conference call at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 17.

The purpose of the meeting is for the board to receive updates regarding actions taken by the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) in the wake of the death of football player Jordan McNair.

The board will vote publicly via the conference call (public vote by phone accessible in the multi-purpose room at the USM Baltimore headquarters in the Columbus Center building, located at 701 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, Md.), on whether to reconvene its meeting in closed session. The closed session would follow Open Meetings Act exceptions regarding advice with legal counsel and discussion of personnel matters.

 "The Board of Regents was shocked and saddened by the tragic death of Jordan McNair and has found subsequent allegations related to the University of Maryland Terrapins football program profoundly alarming," USM Chancellor Robert L . Caret said. "If true, they describe conduct that is unacceptable and antithetical to our commitment to the well-being of all our students and to our values as educators.

"The board supports UMCP’s decision to launch externally led investigations, as well as the interim actions taken by UMCP pending the outcome of those investigations," he continued.  "The board will meet on August 17 to discuss these issues and to determine what, if any, additional actions may be necessary to ensure that the facts are uncovered and any necessary reforms are implemented. In the meantime, the USM will continue to work with UMCP and President Loh to support the health and safety of all students and student-athletes."

The USM expects it likely will issue a statement on behalf of the board later Friday.

Agendas and supporting materials for Board of Regents meetings can be found here.

Contact: Mike Lurie
Phone: 301.445.2719