Coleman offers sympathy, resources
in the wake of Virginia Tech tragedy
By Laurel Thomas Gnagey
U-M President Mary Sue Coleman expressed her concern for the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting and for the wellbeing of the U-M campus in a statement issued April 16.
The incident at Virginia Tech took 33 lives in the deadliest shooting in U.S. history.
The president's statement follows:
"We are all saddened and horrified by today's shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech. I hope you will join me in offering your support and condolences to the Virginia Tech community."
"If you feel the need to talk about this, campus resources are available to you."
• For students: Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 764-8312
• If you live in campus housing and you need to talk to someone, you may also reach out to a student staff member
• For faculty and staff: Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP) at 936-8660
"Our thoughts and prayers are with our friends and colleagues at Virginia Tech."
Department of Public Safety officials say the University has policies and procedures in place for dealing with incidents of violence, and say among the suggestions given in the University's safety guidelines is to report suspicious behavior.
"Acts of violence cannot be predicted with absolute certainty, although we can minimize the risk to everyone when behaviors that are observed are reported to appropriate authorities," the handbook (http://www.umich.edu/~safety/) states.
Further guidance is offered in the campus emergency procedures manual (http://www.umich.edu/~urel/prepare/index.html), including suggestions for how to deal with a civil disturbance, which includes advice for how to act when encountering threatening individuals:
In the case of civil disturbances, the guide recommends members of the community:
• Call DPS at 9-1-1;
• Secure areas (lock doors, safes, files, vital records and expensive equipment);
• Avoid area of disturbance;
• Continue with normal routines as much as possible; and
• Stay away from doors or windows if the disturbance is outside and stay inside.