April 19, 2013

April 19, 2013: Emergency Measures Lifted

Dear Members of the Suffolk Community,

The past 24 hours have been difficult for all of us as we endured a lockdown in campus and throughout the area, especially coming on the heels and as a result of Monday's Marathon tragedy.

I thank our students for their cooperation and patience throughout this ordeal. I also applaud our University administrators, police force and staff for working diligently to keep the campus community safe and well informed. Of particular note are the efforts of Student Affairs, Residence Life, and the Counseling Center, which performed superbly on behalf of our students.

We will resume normal operations tomorrow. Counseling services are in place, and I hope all who feel the need will take advantage of all the resources available to them.

Please continue to look out for one another, as we have been especially careful to do all this week and as is the Suffolk way. Together we will make a strong finish to this academic year.

Sincerely,
James McCarthy, President

April 19, 2013

April 19, 2013: Regarding Campus Closing

Dear Members of the Suffolk University Community,

As you know, for the safety of all and in accordance with law enforcement instructions, the University is closed today. All members of the campus community were alerted this morning through our notification system.

Police are searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing after a deadly confrontation last night. MBTA service throughout Greater Boston was shut down this morning. The City of Boston has asked residents to stay indoors and away from windows. And officials have advised residents in Watertown, Newton, Waltham, Belmont, Cambridge and Brookline to do the same. Additional information is available from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

We will remain in close communication with the Suffolk community and update you as information becomes available. We ask that you be attentive to news developments and monitor today's online Emergency Alert for campus updates.

Employees whose duties include health, safety or other critical operations will ensure that those functions can continue.

Members of the Suffolk University community continue to stand together in support of one another and in support of the city of Boston.

Sincerely,
James McCarthy, President

April 16, 2013

April 16, 2013: Moment of Silence

Dear Students and Colleagues,

The University will observe a moment of silence at 2:50 p.m. today in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the horrible tragedy in Boston yesterday and in support of all those affected.

If you are in class, I encourage you to pause at that time. Others may want to gather in small groups as we continue to support each other.

Plans are being developed for a remembrance for the victims at 10 a.m. this Thursday, April 18, in the C. Walsh Theatre, and we will provide more details as they become available.

The Counseling Center will continue to offer support to those in need. For law students, the Counseling Center will offer a support group at 5:30 p.m. this evening. The session will take place in the faculty meeting room located within the dean's suite on the fourth floor of the Law School.

There has been an outpouring of concern and support from and among members of the University community as we come to terms with this terrible event. We will continue to be there for one another both in our day-to-day interactions and through planned campus events.

Sincerely,
James McCarthy, President

April 15, 2013

April 15, 2013: Message Regarding Marathon Tragedy

Dear Students and Colleagues,

My thoughts, and the thoughts of the entire Suffolk University community, are at this moment with the victims of today's tragedy in Boston and their families and loved ones.

As you know, two explosions occurred this afternoon near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in the Copley Square area. We have not received any reports of injuries to Suffolk students or employees. However, we remain concerned for the welfare of our entire community. We ask students who have not already done so to reach out to their families and let them know you are OK.

Suffolk University has already come together to make sure we are offering support to those in need at this time. As we all return to campus tomorrow, the Counseling Center will supplement its usual services with a support group for students affected by this tragedy. Additional information about counseling services available to both students and employees may be found online in the Emergency Alert. After regular business hours, students may contact the Counseling Center at 617-573-8226.

Boston is our home, and today we stand together in the face of this tragedy and pledge to support one another in the days to come.

Sincerely,
James McCarthy, President