The Office of the President
August 25, 2023

Dear University Community Members, 

Yesterday, I reported that several electronic communications were sent to some members of our campus that were racist and contained threats of violence. After a thorough investigation by University Police (UP) and Campus Technology Services (CTS), it has been determined that these communications did NOT originate from any member of our campus community. 

Unfortunately, a Google account belonging to a member of our community was hacked. Regardless of their source, these messages were frightening and disturbing to those who received them and for those who became aware of them. As I noted in my message yesterday, my leadership team and I take these threats very seriously. I want to thank the Residence Life and Housing staff, UP, and CTS for their swift actions to report, investigate, and keep our campus community safe. 

As I noted yesterday, resources have been shared to ensure that students and staff impacted by this incident are supported. Please continue to access these resources and ask for help, if needed. Students and employees with questions, please contact Kendra Cadogan, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Interim Affirmative Action Officer, at Students seeking additional support should contact the Office of the Dean of Students at or at 315-312-5483 or contact Counseling Services at 315-312-4416.

As we begin the fall semester, it is important to remember to be extra cautious before you click because of the exposure we face to these and other kinds of external threats. I ask you to remain vigilant in safeguarding against cyberattacks. In this regard, please review the cybersecurity pledge we take as members of the Laker community. In addition, review other ways in which each of us can guard against our data being accessed through our mobile devicessocial mediatexts, phone calls, and emails. Please report suspected cybersecurity concerns immediately to

Have a restful weekend as we prepare for the start of the fall semester on Monday.

Remain well,


Peter O. Nwosu, Ph.D.

Office of the President
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