A LETTER TO THE CONCORD UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY:
Dear Concord University family,
Given the events of Thursday, March 1, 2012, I would like to address the concerns and questions we have received over the past few days. Please be assured that the leadership team at Concord University places as the highest priority the safety of our students and the entire campus community.
The University’s Emergency Preparedness Team responded according to protocol and with due diligence to the potential threat to the Athens campus on Thursday, March 1, 2012. Appropriate alerts to the campus community were disseminated. Multiple law enforcement and emergency agencies were contacted and responded quickly to assist in evacuating, securing and searching the campus. An orderly evacuation of campus occurred.
A complete sweep of campus was conducted by authorities and no threat was found. The campus was reopened following this thorough search. Classes were cancelled on the Athens campus on Friday, March 2 to allow students, staff, and faculty to refocus. Increased police presence and visibility were ordered and will continue this coming week. A thorough investigation is underway regarding the threatening webpage posting that led to the evacuation.
We have received inquiries regarding our plans to increase security in light of Thursday’s incident. To allay fears and underscore the priority that Concord places on campus safety, please know that Concord University has a strong public safety department, with seven uniformed police officers and back-up from the Town of Athens, Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, the WV State Police (with a Princeton detachment), and other emergency agencies. We have 24-hour, seven day a week security, with over 200 monitored security cameras. Increased police presence on campus has been noticeable since campus reopened Thursday evening, and will continue.
The University’s Emergency Preparedness Team is proactive in campus safety measures. Team members participate in mock drills and mock activations as part of training and readiness. The team consists of representatives from across the campus community including public safety, the President’s office, housing and residence life, student affairs, academics, the student government association, public information, institutional technology, athletics, food service, the physical plant, human resources and others.
We are asking all students, faculty, and staff to subscribe to the CU Emergency Text Messaging system. This is a key means of alerting the campus community with security and safety notices. This system was utilized on March 1. To signup go to: http://sms.concord.edu/
For additional information on Concord’s Emergency Alert System and Public Safety visit Concord’s website at www.concord.edu and click on the Emergency Alert System button in the upper left hand corner.
In closing, we appreciate the outpouring of support received over the last several days from parents, students, faculty, staff, and community members. We know that, together, we can move forward to insure a positive, productive semester. Please know that we are available to answer further questions; feel free to contact us if we can provide additional information or assistance.
Best wishes and peace,
Marjie Flanigan, Ed.D., Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, on behalf of the Concord University administrative team