To the Hobart and William Smith Community:
April 17, 2007
As we have continued to learn more about yesterday morning's tragic events on the Virginia Tech campus, our own community has responded with sympathy and sorrow. Our thoughts are with those who survive – the students, faculty and staff whose lives are shaken by this violation of their campus life, those who were injured during the shootings, and the many families who have experienced fear or the loss or harm of a loved one. Since yesterday, the Colleges’ flag has been lowered in honor of those who died.
It is natural to wonder about Hobart and William Smith’s readiness in times of crisis. During the past six months an administrative team, working with an outside consultant, has helped us re-examine our current safety and security policies and strengthen our protocols. This recurring process allows for the most effective response to situations that we hope never to encounter on our campus.
I want to remind everyone that we offer an extensive support network if you want to talk about how this tragedy has affected you. We encourage students to contact the Counseling Center or their Dean’s Office, or to speak with their RA or Area Coordinator. The Chaplain is always a resource for students, faculty and staff alike. Another source of support for staff is the Employee Assistance Program. I hope that you also will find comfort in your circle of friends and colleagues.
Mark D. Gearan