DENVER (CBS4)- The University of Colorado Denver has hired a former U.S. Attorney to conduct an internal review after the theater shooting in Aurora.
Robert Miller has been retained to conduct an internal review in an effort to better understand the procedures and actions taken by the university and its employees in relation to the suspect in the theater shooting.
James Holmes is a former student on the Anschutz Medical Campus. He left the neuroscience graduate program in June after enrolling last year.
Miller and his team began their review last week. They have been asked to assess various university systems, procedures and actions related to the suspect.
Miller’s involvement was requested by University of Colorado Denver Chancellor Donald M. Elliman, Jr. and Executive Vice Chancellor for the Anschutz Medical Campus Lilly Marks.
“We are committed to evaluating every step in the process to ensure it worked properly,” Elliman said. “We want the community — especially the loved ones of those who lost their lives and the individuals injured in this senseless tragedy — to know our resolve rests with understanding all the facts so we can assist law enforcement and other authorities in ensuring that justice prevails.”
Miller conducts his review with the endorsement and support of the University of Colorado Board of Regents and University of Colorado President Bruce Benson.
Board of Regents Chair Michael Carrigan stated, “The Board of Regents serves the State of Colorado and is committed to understanding the circumstances of the tragic event that has so deeply affected our community. Engaging an independent attorney of Bob Miller’s caliber is an important part of that commitment and the Board of Regents appreciates his efforts.”
University of Colorado President Bruce D. Benson pledged the University of Colorado’s cooperation in this independent assessment, “The University is doing everything it can to fully cooperate with the criminal investigation. Additionally, we are doing everything we can to understand how the university’s systems and processes functioned in this situation. Bob Miller comes to us with a stellar reputation for diligence and integrity. We have given him broad latitude to conduct his review.”
The internal review is anticipated to take some time and the university has imposed no specific timeline on Miller and his team. The University also has not imposed any restraints upon the scope of Miller’s review and has pledged its cooperation as it occurs.
At the conclusion of the review, Miller will report his findings.