Fellow Bears, 

Like many of you, I am heartbroken following the senseless acts of violence involving students at three university campuses over the past week. This morning, we are learning of a shooting overnight at Club Q, an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs.

We grieve for those killed and harmed in Charlottesville, VA; Moscow, ID; Albuquerque, NM; and Colorado Springs, CO. Our thoughts are with the families, friends, and members of these communities who will be forever impacted by these tragic events.

Such violence should not happen anywhere, yet the past week reminds us that the unthinkable can occur in any community. As we confront these senseless acts of violence, members of the UNC family may also be reflecting on their own feelings of safety on our campus and in our community.

I assure you that the well-being of our students, faculty, and staff and the safety of our campus remains my first priority. We are fortunate to have the UNC Police Department to ensure immediate responses to incidents when they do occur. The UNC Police Department is available 24 hours a day by calling 911 in an emergency or 970-351-2245 for non-emergency assistance.

I recognize that acts of violence can be difficult to process, whether seemingly far away from the specific incident or closer to our own community. If you have been impacted by these recent events, or by violence of any kind, please know that support is available. Students, faculty, and staff may access the UNC Counseling Center from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and can reach an on-call counselor for after-hours crisis support at 970-351-2496. Additionally, Stephen Loveless, director of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, can be contacted at 970-353-0191.

The entire Bear family stands with the campuses and communities in Virginia, Idaho, New Mexico, and our own state who are grieving.

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Andy Feinstein