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President Daniel Weiss addressed the message below to the Lafayette campus community this morning. He also announced that a 12:30 p.m. gathering will be held today in Colton Chapel for reflection and expressions of support, and at 4 p.m. today the College administration will hold an open meeting in Colton Chapel to present information, answer questions, and engage in discussion as the campus community works through this national tragedy.

You have no doubt learned of the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech on Monday. When such an incident occurs, it affects us all. Certainly, colleges and universities nationwide feel a sense of kinship with the extended family of faculty, staff, students and others at Virginia Tech. In the spirit of collegiality, we will offer the services of our professional staff to our colleagues at Virginia Tech, should they need or desire supplementary assistance from other campuses.

We also want to assure the Lafayette community that we take campus safety very seriously, and have routine training and procedures in place to ensure that ours is a safe and healthy campus environment. A variety of campus and community support services are available to students, faculty and staff who have been touched by this event. The Counseling Center, Bailey Health Center, Office of Religious Life and others stand ready to assist those who wish to avail themselves of services.

We at Lafayette feel this sense of loss and sadness for the people of Virginia Tech and Blacksburg, and our thoughts will be with the people of those communities in the coming days and weeks.

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