OSU Extends Its Sympathies to the NIU Community

February 15th, 2008

In response to the tragic shooting on the Northern Illinois University campus yesterday, President Ed Ray released the following statement:

“The tragedy that played out yesterday on the campus of Northern Illinois University reminds us once again that safety is a paramount matter every day for all of us in higher education. Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and loved ones of those who were affected by this unspeakable attack.

“Like many other universities around the country, we at Oregon State University are continually assessing our policies and practices in an effort to keep our campus community as safe as possible. Since last year’s tragedy at Virginia Tech, we have revisited those procedures to ensure rapid response and effective communications around any such event at OSU. Our work in this regard continues, with the understanding that there are always opportunities to improve. Our partners in law enforcement, public safety, mental health and related areas are part of that ongoing effort.

“Incidents such as this can cause stress and anxiety. OSU students, faculty and staff who are experiencing difficulties may access assistance through University Counseling and Psychological Services at
(541) 737-2131 or the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-433-2320.”

The OSU Admission Office offers our most heartfelt thoughts during this time of extreme sadness and tragedy at NIU.

-jm

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