Nov. 1, 2018 

Dear Campus Community:

As you are aware, yesterday one of our students was physically assaulted in a bathroom located on the second floor of one of our academic buildings. I am incredibly grateful that the student is safe and receiving medical care.

Any act of violence on campus is extremely troubling and can be traumatizing not only for the victim, but for our entire campus community.  As we process this incident, I encourage all of us to come together and support one another.

Campus safety is always my highest priority and I want to express my sincerest appreciation for the University Police and that of our faculty, staff and students for their professionalism and expertise in responding to this incident. Thanks to their hard work, no additional injuries occurred, the campus has been deemed safe and classes will resume today, Thursday, Nov. 1.

It will take time for the campus community to process the events that transpired yesterday, and I encourage you to support one another throughout this time and encourage friends and colleagues to seek support.  Our Counseling and Psychological Services staff are on campus and available for the campus community.

I have asked Police Chief Morris to follow up today with additional information pertaining to the incident. Although I am deeply saddened that this incident occurred, I am grateful to be a part of a campus community that is always there to care for one another during times of hardship.


Erika D. Beck, Ph.D.


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