March 5, 2018
As you can imagine, it has been a long and stressful day. The College community has been through a difficult and unnerving ordeal, but we are very proud of the way that students, faculty, and staff responded.
We have heard from a number of concerned students and parents looking for information and assurances. Our first and ongoing priorities are working with law enforcement as they conduct their investigation, and ensuring that students are safe and have access to appropriate support services. As much as time has allowed, we have personally reached out to students.
We understand that some may not agree with our decision to resume classes Tuesday. We feel that there is a need to provide structure and support for students. However, faculty members are encouraged to be supportive of and lenient with students who feel they are unable to attend classes or who need more time to process what has happened. Please be assured that law enforcement will have a continued presence on campus, and counselors in the Counseling Center are standing by to assist students.
On Tuesday morning, we will meet with senior administrators to develop a plan for communicating with and further supporting students faculty, and staff. Until then, we ask for your patience, and we offer our assurances that we are doing everything we can to identify the person or persons behind the threat and to ensure the safety of members of the College community.
Laura M. Casamento, President
John Johnsen, Senior Vice President and Provost
Jeffery Gates, Senior Vice President for Student Life and Enrollment Management