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President's Message | Archive

April 17, 2007

TO: Campus Community
FROM: Neil Kerwin, President
SUBJECT: Virginia Tech Tragedy

The thoughts of all of us at American University are with our colleagues at Virginia Tech and their families and friends, as we feel a particular closeness with our fellow members of the higher education community. This tragedy reminds us of the important roles that we have as educators, students, staff, and university administrators.

The Office of Campus Life offers counseling and support services for students who wish to talk about their feelings or concerns. The Counseling Center’s number is 202-885-3500. Faculty and staff may access counseling and support services by contacting the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program at 202-885-2593. The AU campus chaplains are also available for our campus community at 202-885-3321.

AU students gathered for a campus vigil on Monday night after the tragedy. Other occasions are being planned to afford members of the AU community the opportunity to reflect and to share observations and concerns.

In remembrance of those who died, the AU campus flag has been lowered to half mast.

Times such as this bring us together as a community and remind us of how dependent we are upon each other for emotional support and mutual safety. On our own campus, if any event or activity seems unusual, suspicious, or disturbing, please contact Public Safety at 202-885-3636. The university has emergency protocols in place for dealing with issues of safety and communication during a crisis, and reviewing and improving them is an ongoing process. Nevertheless, as all institutions are doing, we will assess our procedures in light of the Virginia Tech incident.

We will keep you updated on additional efforts, activities, and remembrances, to ensure that we come together as an education community of friends and colleagues during this difficult time.

April 17, 2007 12:55 PM


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