MORE Violence on CSU Campuses!!!! Another incident when only one campus officer was working!!!

Message from the President October 25, 2010 - Supporting Our Students After Weekend Incident

Dear Campus Community,

As you have probably heard, a student was sexually assaulted and several other students were assaulted by a lone suspect in the residence halls early Sunday morning. The suspect, who is not a student, was arrested by campus police shortly after the initial emergency calls. Paramedics responded to the scene and treated those injured, but no one was hospitalized.

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This was a shocking and frightening incident for our students and staff who survived this trauma. It has also been an emotionally difficult situation for many other students who live in the residence halls, as well as for staff in Housing. Although the suspect is in custody, their sense of security and safety has been shaken.

Our focus now is on restoring the community for the students who live in the residence halls as well as others across campus. We are continuing to check in with residents to offer counseling and academic assistance, and many will need ongoing support from across campus. I urge you to provide both understanding and guidance for any student who appears to be struggling in classes or extracurricular activities, and that you refer students to the Counseling Center for assistance.

Counseling is available through the Counseling Center on the second floor of the Health Center. Call 826-3236 or visit the website. In addition, staff from the Counseling Center will be available to meet with residents this evening, Oct. 25, at the following times and locations:

  • 7:30 p.m. at College Creek in the Great Hall room on the 2nd floor of the Community Center.
  • 8 p.m. in the Klamath River room on the 2nd floor of the Jolly Giant Commons.

Two community meetings to give students a chance to talk about the incident have been scheduled for this evening, Oct. 25:

  • 6 p.m. in the Klamath River room on the 2nd floor of the Jolly Giant Commons.
  • 7 p.m. in the Sunset Classroom on the 1st floor of Sunset Hall.

You might also find it helpful to review and share an excellent overview of personal safety practices , which is provided on the Housing website.

Campus police are continuing their investigation of this incident. They continue to seek and interview witnesses to the assaults, and persons with information who have not yet spoken to UPD should call 826-5555.

At the same time, we are reviewing security and access procedures in the residence halls. Safety and security is always a top priority, and if there is more that can be done to make our residence halls and the rest of campus safe, we will do it.

Finally, on behalf of the entire campus community, I would like to extend gratitude to the many heroes from this weekend. Students and staff in the residence halls helped protect each other in a difficult situation, and continue to offer support to one another. Police officers from campus and the city of Arcata responded quickly, located the suspect and arrested him. Individuals from across campus have been working tirelessly to respond to student needs since the early morning incident. Thank you to all of you.

Sincerely,

Signature - Rollin C. RichmondRollin C. Richmond
President

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