The University joins the entire higher education community, our colleagues and friends at Virginia Tech, and the world in mourning the tragic events that occurred Monday on the Virginia Tech campus. We continue to monitor the situation closely.
I write to assure you that should you or anyone you know need assistance in coping with the gravity of Monday's news, the University's counseling center, chaplains and Deans of Students offices stand prepared to help. Their numbers are as follows:
I ask you to take special care not only to reassure one another at this time, but also to encourage anyone who may be struggling with today's news to reach out to these offices for assistance.
Our Department of Public Safety has its full staff in place and has been in touch with local and county authorities to ensure that we are keeping open lines of communication with them. We believe this is appropriate given the gravity of the day's events and the priority we place on the well-being of our campus community.
The University's extensive emergency protocols and plans work best when the entire community is sensitive to the concerns and needs of others. If you observe anything that could affect the health or safety of any member of the Bucknell community, please contact either the offices above or the Department of Public Safety at 577-3333.
We have posted an announcement on the University's homepage that directs family, parents and visitors to the above resources, and if you believe it appropriate, we encourage you to share this information with them. We also are reaching out to those students, faculty and staff that we know to have personal connections to Virginia Tech to assist them in gathering information. If you have those connections and we have not contacted you yet, please inform our Dean of Students (577-1601) or our Department of Public Safety (577-3333) if we can help, and we will do everything we can to assist you.
I know we all join together in extending our thoughts and prayers to everyone on our fellow campuses and those who have been deeply affected by this tragedy.
Brian C. Mitchell President
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