Tragedy at Virginia Tech

Chancellor Daniel Little addresses the UM-Dearborn community

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Dear friends,

I know we all continue to think and grieve about the tragedy at Virginia Tech earlier this week.  Leaders of student organizations on campus have planned a vigil to be held this evening, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the grassy area behind the University Center.  I encourage you to consider attending and participating in this event.

These events have also made many of us think about our own campus as well.  As always, the safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors is our paramount concern, and we have confidence in the emergency procedures and policies we have in place.  But as we learn more about the tragedy in Virginia, our campus leadership has been meeting to focus on reviewing our procedures and to consider ways we can improve and enhance our efforts and systems.  We are especially interested in learning better ways to communicate more effectively with our students and each other during emergency situations.

Building better communication systems on campus is one way we can build a stronger community, both during emergencies and in calmer times, for all of our students, faculty and staff.  Let us use our reflection on this incident to enhance our commitment to working more closely together to provide a more safe, secure, tolerant community.

Some members of our community will want to have a chance to talk about these events with trained counselors.  Professionals from our Office of Counseling and Support Services (313-593-5430) will be available for any UM-Dearborn students, faculty or staff members who need assistance during this difficult time.  The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP) also is available for faculty and staff at 734-936-8660.


Daniel Little