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