Thoughts go out to VaTech

April 16th, 2007

I think I speak for all of us at Oregon State when I say that our thoughts are with the students, staff, and faculty at Virginia Tech University.

Word from OSU President Ed Ray:

To: OSU Community
From: Edward J. Ray, President
Subject: Virginia Tech tragedy
By now, you are aware of the terrible tragedy that occurred at Virginia Tech University earlier today. An e-mail from our counseling office talked about the very real feelings of grief that many of us may be experiencing, particularly those of us with connections to Virginia Tech.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the parents, families, and friends of those who lost their lives or who were injured today. There is much information coming out of the news media, but the facts are not yet clear.

You may also be thinking about the security of our own campus. Certainly in the wake of such a shocking, traumatic experience, we look around our own environments to see if such an occurrence can happen to us. As time reveals more accurate information, I want you to know that at OSU, we are working closely with our public safety partners to see how we can address any concerns.

Public safety agencies, including our own Oregon State Police force, located on our campus, rely on the community as our best safeguard against such incidents. It cannot be said enough that we also rely on each of you to promptly report any suspicious activity or provide information regarding campus concerns that may have impact on our community. If we work together, it may be possible to prevent tragic incidents. If you would like to report suspicious activity, contact University Dispatch at 541-737-7000. If you are concerned about the behavior of a friend or colleague and would like to talk with someone about this behavior, please contact University Counseling at 541-737-2131.

Law enforcement agencies train and plan for tactical responses in a proactive manner. Here at OSU, training and planning has occurred and involved the Oregon State Police University Area Command, Oregon State Police SWAT team, Corvallis Police Department, and other law enforcement. Safety has always been a high priority at OSU and we will use today’s tragedy at Virginia Tech to improve upon training and planning that is already in place.

Again, let me express my deepest sympathy to all here who have connections to Virginia Tech and to the entire Virginia Tech community.


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