Remembering Sharath Koppu – A Letter from the UMKC Chancellor

On Friday, July 6th, UMKC tragically lost graduate student Sharath Koppu. We invite you to learn more about Sharath, his life and his impact on our community, as well as a message from UMKC Chancellor, C. Mauli Agrawal below.

Remembering Sharath Koppu (1993-2018)

Computer science graduate student

The university community is mourning the loss of one its own, Sharath Koppu, who fell victim to violence on July 6.

A native of Hyderabad, India, Koppu joined UMKC in the spring of 2018 as a computer science graduate student. According to friends and faculty, Koppu was an excellent student with vast knowledge in his field and was always willing to lend his expertise to help his peers understand core academic concepts. Read more >

Letter from Chancellor Agrawal

Dear Students:

I want to give you my personal assurance that the University of Missouri-Kansas City is a very safe place to pursue an outstanding education, for domestic and international students alike

I understand your concern. The tragic death of Sharath Koppu has affected us all. But it is important to remember that Sharath was in no way targeted for his ethnicity. Unfortunately, violent street crime is a fact of life in most large cities around the world – a risk that is real, but one that can be minimized by taking prudent steps.

As you know, I too have lived the experience of leaving a familiar country behind to pursue an education here in this great land of opportunity. I have felt both the excitement, and the anxiety, that this transition evokes.

But like the vast majority of international students who come to America, my journey has been a successful and rewarding one. It can be for you as well. We must hold our memories of Sharath close to our hearts, but we cannot let this incident become a barrier to realizing our dreams.


C. Mauli Agrawal, Ph.D.