Xavier responds to Virginia Tech tragedy

Message from the president | April 19, 2007

Message originally posted 4/17/2007.

It is with sadness that we follow the tragic events at Virginia Tech. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of the shootings as well as their families and the entire Virginia Tech campus community.

Xavier campus ministry held an interfaith prayer service at Bellarmine Chapel on Wednesday, April 18.

In the meantime, like universities across the nation, we here at Xavier are looking within. None of us, as individuals or as a campus community, is immune from the possibility of a tragedy, but working to keep our students safe is our top priority.

Xavier’s Emergency Response Team (ERT), made up of representatives from every division on campus, meets every other week. The role of the ERT is to plan for and provide campus response to crises that pose a threat to health, life and property. The ERT develops and maintains campus-wide emergency preparedness plans to keep the campus community safe, informed and operating during a crisis or emergency situation. In fact, the team met this morning (Tuesday) specifically to discuss the shootings at Virginia Tech.

In the days and weeks ahead, we’ll provide updates regarding Xavier’s response to this tragedy here on our website. And I know that you will also continue to keep the entire Virginia Tech community in your thoughts and prayers. May God bring them some sense of peace and comfort during this time of unimaginable pain and suffering.

Michael Graham, S.J.
President, Xavier University