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GCU’s Statement on Derek Chauvin Verdict

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To: The Members of the Georgian Court University Community

The death of George Floyd left an indelible mark on the nation’s history. The last 9 minutes and 29 seconds of his life reignited a movement for racial justice and police accountability—which has been supported globally by people from all walks of life. 

Over the past three weeks, we watched as the details of George Floyd’s murder were recounted. Today, the jury found Derek Chauvin guilty of each charge: second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. For many, this outcome provokes a sense of relief; justice has been served in some capacity. Some may not share this sentiment, and others may feel that the United States has much more to do as we address racism, policing, and justice in our country. 

Regardless of your perspective, we know that you may need a place to share your sentiments about this evening’s verdict. 

Join us tomorrow, April 21, at 12:00 p.m. as we come together and process the outcome of the trial. Bring your questions, frustrations, thoughts, silence—all of it. Together, we will listen and unpack.

Click here to join: 

We are here to help, and we’ll see you then.

Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D.

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About Georgian Court University

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 2,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 15 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates also make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at BrookdaleGCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.

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