University of Rochester

Office of the President

Office of the President

Message to the University Community

April 21, 2011

Members of the University community may obtain support services from the following:

University Counseling Center: 
275-3113

University Security: 
275-3333 or x13 (emergency contact for all campus offices)

Employee Assistance Program:
475-0432

Interfaith Chapel:
275-4321

Monroe County Court Judge John DeMarco has issued a not guilty verdict in the criminal case involving University of Rochester student Daren Venable. This verdict deserves our respect. No one who was not in the courtroom throughout the entire proceeding can fully appreciate the full extent of evidence that was presented to Judge DeMarco.

The overarching tragedy remains that our student, Jeffrey Bordeaux, Jr., has died. Let me again articulate my sadness and empathy for both families. Regardless of the trial verdict, the death of Jeffrey Bordeaux will weigh heavily on Daren Venable the rest of his life.

Criminal trials are often extremely painful because of tragic events like that which occurred here. In our nation, criminal trials are the ultimate way in which we determine guilt or innocence.

I urge all in our community to respect this verdict, regardless of their feelings.

Let us also always remember Jeffrey Bordeaux, Jr.