July 18, 2016
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
Yesterday, we awoke to another tragedy in our city, and now we mourn the loss of several police officers. Our thoughts are with them and their families, as well as the officers who were injured and everyone else who has been impacted by these terrible events.
The safety and security of our students, faculty, and staff remains our first priority. I want to thank LSU Police for all they have done to keep our campus safe, and for assisting city, parish and state law enforcement throughout these trying times. Here on campus, LSU Police have increased the number of officers on patrol, as well as the frequency of the patrols. But everyone has a role to play in the security of our campus. You can help by reporting any suspicious activity to LSU Police at 225-578-3231. As a safety precaution, please make sure your mobile phone is registered to receive emergency text messages from LSU (register through your myLSU account). And don't forget to download the free LSU Shield mobile app onto your phone.
Moving forward, we must get about the business of repairing our relationships and building a stronger, more inclusive community beyond our campus gates. We can begin by showing the world that LSU stands together. We can be leaders in our city, state and nation by being unified and working together for peace, as we have always done. We must ensure that open and honest dialogue continues. Our campus is a place where ideas are borne into solutions, and where the best and the brightest come together to change the world. We have to preserve that culture and remain committed to positive change -- and to one another. In the spirit of healing, LSU Mental Health Services will hold a free, open support group for the campus community on Monday, July 18, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Room 296 of the Student Health Center. All members of the LSU community are invited to attend.
Finally, I want to thank you, our LSU community, for the way in which you have handled these difficult times, the respect you've shown each other, and for the shining example you have set. We face many challenges, but we can overcome them all by standing together.
F. King Alexander
July 17, 2016
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
This morning, regrettably, our city lost several officers of the Baton Rouge Police Department and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office in the line of duty. Several other officers were injured. Our thoughts are with those officers and their families, as well as their fellow officers who are responding to this tragedy.
Although the shootings occurred some distance from campus, LSU is taking precautionary measures to ensure the continued safety of our LSU campus community. Our Emergency Operations Center has been activated to assist the LSU Police, who have been called upon to support local law enforcement. The LSU Police are also taking steps to increase security around the campus.
We are all committed to a safe environment and will continue to do all that we can to keep the campus safe. We encourage you to remain vigilant and report suspicious activities to the LSU Police at 225-578-3231.
F. King Alexander
July 6, 2016
Dear LSU Community,
As LSU’s president, my top priority is always the safety and security of our students, faculty, and staff. I know that recent events – one as far away as Orlando, the other right here in Baton Rouge – have left many in our LSU community feeling unsafe and concerned. I am here to tell you that at LSU, you are a member of a family. We are committed to an inclusive, diverse and welcoming campus, and we are here for you.
The shooting of Alton Sterling has placed Baton Rouge among one of many cities across the country grappling with questions of social equality and justice. As additional information comes out about this tragic event, LSU will reach out through the Office of Diversity with opportunities to facilitate campus-wide discussion, participation, and feedback. We also encourage you to take advantage of university resources, including LSU’s Division of Student Life, the African American Cultural Center, the Women’s Center, and the Student Health Center.
As the state’s Flagship University, part of our responsibility is to educate the next generation of leaders and thinkers. As I’ve said before, LSU is a vibrant and thriving network of creative scholars, scientists, activists, and critical thinkers. We are a community that is committed to solving the world’s problems through the sharing of ideas and the creation of solutions. Honest and open dialogue is sometimes challenging, but is necessary for us to take crucial steps toward healing.
Please know that the Office of Diversity is always a Safe Space for the community, especially during difficult times. We will continue to work to ensure LSU is a welcoming and safe home for all! For information about support please click on the LSU Cares icon below or, click here to learn about available resources.
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