The Office of the President
May 25, 2022
Dear Members of our Campus Community,

SUNY Oswego's hearts go out to the families and people of Uvalde, Texas. We mourn with you as you grapple with the senseless, indescribable loss of your cherished loved ones.

We agree with Interim Chancellor Stanley and the SUNY Board of Trustees (see statement below) that we should never accept this as normal. We also join Governor Hochul's call to action.

To the members of our community, if you would like to talk with anyone regarding this tragedy, please reach out to Counseling Services. We are here for you and want to engage with you in continuing to identify ways to make our campus, our community, our nation and all our lives more just, more safe, and more peaceful. 

Mary C. Toale, Ed.D.
Officer in Charge

Statement From Interim Chancellor Deborah F. Stanley and SUNY Board of Trustees
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 25, 2022

“Yesterday’s mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas took the lives of 21 people, including 19 young children who were counting down their last days of school before summer vacation. There is no word that conveys the depth of grief and pain that community is experiencing today. To Uvalde, we mourn with you and will not forget you or your lost loved ones.

Tragically, there are many across the U.S. who don’t need descriptions to understand this loss. The families of those killed in Buffalo in a racist attack not even two weeks ago, the families of those lost in the Sandy Hook shooting, the survivors of Columbine, and too many others across our country know exactly how those families in Uvalde are feeling today.

Of all the things we may label this most recent mass shooting—horrific, tragic, devastating—we cannot say it is unimaginable. Our country is experiencing a gun violence epidemic. The Uvalde tragedy is the 27th school shooting that has occurred this year. Every time a shooting like this occurs, it reopens wounds for communities like Buffalo and countless others who have endured senseless loss.

We have continually failed as a society to take preventative measures to stop them from happening again.

Today, members of our SUNY family are deeply affected and even frightened. It is unacceptable and heartbreaking for any individual to fear for their life as they pursue an education, or for any educator to feel the burden of protecting their students from gunfire. We assure SUNY’s students, faculty, and staff that every effort is being made to protect and support them as they pursue their dreams and go about their lives on our campuses.

Though we are in pain, shock, and anger, please resolve with all caring people that unchecked violence must end. Do not accept this as normal, ever. We must define our destiny and not remain hostage to flawed and false thinking on gun violence and murder. We join Governor Kathy Hochul’s call for action.”

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