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December 8, 2016
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Wilfrid Laurier University Special Constable Service

Laurier expresses sympathy to those affected by tragic events at Virginia Tech

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Apr 17/07

The tragic events at Virginia Tech university in Blacksburg, Va. on Monday have shocked and saddened the Laurier community.

On behalf of the university’s faculty, students and staff, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by this tragedy. We wish those who were injured a speedy recovery.

The Virginia Tech shootings remind us all of the need for the protection of our students, staff and faculty on our campus. Community Safety and Security Services have extensive training to deal with emergencies on campus and are available on a 24-hour basis at ext. 3333 or 519-885-3333. In addition, we are assisted by 107 video cameras that monitor much of the campus through a closed-circuit camera system. Laurier has an effective and fast response relationship with the Waterloo Regional Police and in the past we have been able to deal with complex situations in a safe manner.

I would remind everyone in the Laurier community to do their part to ensure we have a safe campus. Report any type of unusual or suspicious behaviour to Community Safety and Security Services (ext. 3333).  The WLU Emergency Guide is located in the “red” section of the university phone guide and details our process for “Managing and Reporting Emergencies on Campus." Information is also on the Laurier website under University Policy 7.11.

At an appropriate time, we will review our emergency processes in light of the information that will likely become available in the coming months from the Virginia Tech tragedy.

I would also like to remind members of the Laurier community that counselling is available should you require assistance coping with these sad events.  Students should contact Counselling Services at ext. 2338. Faculty and staff can receive help through the university’s Employee Assistance Program by calling 1-800-668-9920.

Robert G. Rosehart
President and Vice-Chancellor
Wilfrid Laurier University

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