I’m sure you have heard about yesterday’s shooting at Northern Illinois University, a public comprehensive teaching and research institution in DeKalb with a student enrollment of more than 25,000. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who suffered this needless violence and to all on the NIU campus who will be struggling in coming days to come to terms with this terrible assault on their community.
We at SUNY Oswego are a community in spirit and mission that is dedicated to learning and understanding, created to nurture and develop the intellectual and social growth of each individual engaged with us. And, in that way, we are a part of a larger community of colleges and universities across the world.
This terrible incident and others like it must not have us retreat from our great purposes. Yet, we must and will continue to advance means of reinforcing our own safety and control. As you know, we reviewed our campus emergency procedures following the Virginia Tech shooting last year and have made significant changes, including adding NY-Alert and card access to residence halls. Of course, safety and security remain our top priorities. We continually assess our procedures and make improvements.
Our Counseling Services Center stands ready to assist our students, faculty and staff at this emotional time. Appointments are not necessary. The center in Walker Health Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays; phone 312-4416.
Please join me in keeping the NIU community in our thoughts and prayers. You may wish to send your personal condolences to http://www.legacy.com/GB/GuestbookView.aspx?PersonId=000103435559.
Deborah F. Stanley
(Posted: Feb 15, 2008)