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Message from President Proenza about yesterday's news
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This afternoon . . .

. . . at 2, a memorial convocation will be held on the campus of Virginia Tech. The convocation will be shown in our Student Union Theatre, and all on campus are invited to attend.

In light of yesterday's news, I want to assure you that we have many initiatives in place to help ensure the safety of all students, faculty and staff members on campus. These include:

  • A rapid deployment refresher training course was completed by all UAPD officers last fall. The training deals specifically with a situation such as the one at Virginia Tech. Our officers are trained to respond immediately to the situation.
  • The UAPD also is coordinating a refresher training course on emergency response tactics this week for all of our officers as well as deputies from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. Although not directly related to the unfortunate situation at Virginia Tech, it shows our commitment to keeping our officers trained in the latest and most successful tactical operations plans.
  • Our police department has mutual-aid agreements that enable fast emergency assistance from the Akron Police Department, Metro SWAT units of Summit and Portage counties, Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Cuyahoga Falls Police Department and Barberton SWAT unit, as well as law enforcement agencies near our Wayne College campus.
  • Our police officers patrol campus on motorcycles and bicycles to increase visibility and provide quicker response to emergency situations.
  • We have the capability to lock down most buildings from a central location in emergency situations.
  • Enhanced 911 capabilities were recently installed on campus. This technology provides improved caller-ID capabilities and allows for emergency notification to all campus telephones simultaneously. The system is GPS-compatible and has future uses including programming all cell phones for immediate location.
  • In addition, the University has a Reverse 911 system on order, and we are in the process of developing a campus-wide emergency channel on our University cable television system.
  • Broadcast capabilities to warn of emergency conditions include our outdoor warning system, and campus-wide e-mail and voice mail messages. We also have 250 emergency phones across campus.
  • To help people deal with their feelings about the Virginia Tech crisis, counselors in our Counseling, Testing and Career Center (Simmons Hall 306) are offering extended hours of service until 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow, and of course the center’s staff will offer ongoing counseling assistance to anyone in the campus community who requests it.

A tragedy such as this prompts most similar institutions to revisit their emergency protocols, and we are doing so. As much as we grieve for those affected by this unforeseeable, random act of terror by a troubled individual, we must acknowledge that this is a rare event. In all likelihood, none of us will encounter such an incident in our lifetimes; however, we will do our best to prepare for such possibilities.

With every good wish,

Sincerely,

Luis M. Proenza

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The University of Akron's Zipmail is a compilation of University announcements for University students, sent each Friday unless circumstances require otherwise. The deadline for submissions to be considered by the University is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Zipmail is a University of Akron communication vehicle established for the benefit of The University of Akron to communicate with its students. Items will be accepted for publication only when the University is directly involved in the activity through participation, sponsorship, or partnership with one of its recognized organizations, colleges or departments. The University reserves the right to edit or to refuse to run any submission for any reason. Zipmail is not, nor is it intended to be, a public forum or a limited public forum. Questions about the implementation of this policy may be directed to zipmail@uakron.edu.

Items to be considered for inclusion in Zipmail should be sent through the Zipmail Event Submission Form. Due to the volume of submissions received, items will not run more than one time.

Questions about specific announcements should be made to the contact person/department/organization listed in the announcement.Your event will automatically be forwarded to the University's online calendar. The Zipmail Coordinator can be reached at x2837.
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