Carnegie Mellon University
March 18, 2019

Statement on High-Profile Trial in Pittsburgh

Matthew Nagel
  • Marketing and Communications
  • 412-268-1469

Dear Members of the University Community,

As many of you are likely aware, the trial of former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld, charged with criminal homicide for shooting and killing Antwon Rose Jr. last summer, will begin this week at the Allegheny County Courthouse in downtown Pittsburgh. This tragedy elicited strong community reaction and protests across the city following the incident. We are aware of the potential for additional protests and increased police presence in the Pittsburgh region in conjunction with the trial.

Your safety and well-being are our top priorities.

Carnegie Mellon University supports freedom of speech and the right to non-violent protest. If you encounter or decide to participate in a rally or demonstration, please be cautious and remain aware of your surroundings. If you have a concern for your safety or witness any unlawful activity, please call University Police at 412-268-2323. If you are off campus, please call Pittsburgh Police at 9-1-1.

As the trial transpires and media coverage ramps up, I would like to remind everyone that the university has resources available for those that may need to talk to someone. The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion is a welcoming gathering place with staff ready to engage with any community member. Additionally, Counseling and Psychological Services is a valuable resource for students.

Thank you for your attention. The university will continue to monitor the situation and updates will be sent via email and/or CMU-Alert as needed. If you are not registered for CMU-Alert or your contact information has changed, please go to and click “How Can I Sign Up?”


Rodney P. McClendon
Vice President for Operations 
Carnegie Mellon University