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April 18, 2007

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Message from President Patton regarding the Virginia Tech tragedy
To: Members of the Georgia State University Community
From: President Carl V. Patton

The events that took place at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University on Monday are tragic. I’m sure everyone joins me in sending condolences to the entire Virginia Tech community.

Please know that if a similar event should happen on the Georgia State campus, we will make every effort to communicate information to the university community as frequently as possible. This will be done through e-mail alerts, continual postings on the Georgia State Web site, phone trees and alerts relayed through the news media.

However, we also will ask that everyone protect themselves by not venturing into harm's way by leaving their offices, classrooms and housing units. And, if you are off campus at the time of this type of tragedy, we ask that you do not come to campus.

Following a traumatic event like this, it is normal for many to experience some type of stress reaction. Reactions can vary, and I encourage everyone to be mindful of them over the next few days as more detailed information about the Virginia Tech tragedy is made available.

As always, support is available for Georgia State students who may feel the need to speak with someone. Confidential counseling is available at the Counseling Center at 106 Courtland St., 404-651-2211. There is no charge to meet with a professional counselor at the Counseling Center.

For faculty and staff, the Employee Assistance Program is available to provide support. You can arrange an appointment by calling 404-651-4741.

Also, the Counseling Center recommends the following as you absorb this recent event:

Talk with others whom you trust about your reactions.

Eat well, exercise and rest as well as you can.

Limit the amount of media coverage you watch if you feel flooded or overwhelmed by the news.

Recognize that your reactions are normal and that the symptoms will improve with time.

Thank you.

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April 18, 2007
However, we also will ask that everyone protect themselves by not venturing into harm's way by leaving their offices, classrooms and housing units.
Gee, that may work for people located AWAY from the trouble AFTER it starts. What about BEFORE it starts? Oh, well let me go lock myself in the closet right now so I can be safe. Dumbasses.

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To be thorough here is the one sent out at UGA

Letter to campus community in response to the tragedy at Virginia Tech

Michael F. Adams, President

As a community, we mourn for those who died in the senseless violence that took place on the campus of Virginia Tech, a sister land-grant university. In particular, we mourn the loss of Jamie Bishop, the holder of two UGA degrees, who was teaching German there and was killed. His family and the families of all the victims are in our thoughts and prayers.

The serenity of that campus was shattered by the sound of gunfire Monday morning. It is the worst possible sort of emergency â€" a deranged gunman stalking campus with the intent to kill as many people as possible. We have seen such rampages occur in post offices, in fast food restaurants, in office buildings, in shopping malls, at K-12 schools and, yes, college campuses. We live in an open society; in academia, we particularly value the openness of campus life. It is impossible to install enough barricades and security checkpoints to keep a deranged person from committing such acts of horror if he or she is determined to carry them out.

But we can prepare for such situations, plan for the response and train people to respond quickly and effectively. I have the greatest confidence in the planning that has already taken place at UGA for this and other emergency scenarios. Among the security measures in place are controlled access to residence halls and many of the newer facilities on campus. I would encourage students to understand that residence hall security is only as good as the people who use it properly; please do not prop doors open or hold the door open for people you do not know.

Crime prevention is a shared responsibility. I urge faculty, students and staff to be aware of and take responsibility for your own safety and that of others by being observant and reporting any suspicious or unusual activity.

The UGA Police, working with the Athens-Clarke County Police and state agencies, have protocols in place for responding to campus emergencies. I firmly believe that these protocols are well-conceived and that the officers are well-trained and prepared to carry them out in a moment of crisis. Additionally, the Office of Security and Emergency Preparedness, in conjunction with other campus and community response agencies, routinely plans for the types of large-scale emergencies that could impact the UGA campus.

The university has a number of emergency notification systems already in place including outdoor warning sirens, building telephone trees, emergency pagers by building and the ArchNews campus-wide e-mail system. We are currently evaluating an emergency notification system with the capability to send messages to cell phones and land-line numbers submitted by students, faculty and staff.

Counseling and Psychiatric Services in the University Health Center (706.542.2273) is always ready to assist students in need of such professional services.

At the appropriate time, we will look to our colleagues at Virginia Tech for what they have learned from this tragic event, and we will evaluate our own plans and processes based on those lessons.

In closing, I have been touched by the outpouring of support from the UGA campus to the Virginia Tech campus, especially the many ways that students have reached out to try to help those known and unknown to them. The spirit of the UGA family is a powerful force for good, and I am honored to be a part of that family.
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