Date: December 8, 2011
To: Parents of all U.Va. Students
From: Patricia M. Lampkin, Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer
Response to Today’s Shootings at Virginia Tech
If you are following news reports today, you may have heard about shootings that have occurred at Virginia Tech. We are saddened to learn that two individuals, one a campus police officer and the other not yet identified publicly, have died. The entire Virginia Tech campus has been affected by this tragedy. Many areas remained under lockdown at last report as law enforcement officials searched for the suspect. (Note to parents who may not be familiar with Virginia geography: Virginia Tech is located in Blacksburg, Va., approximately three hours away from the University of Virginia.)
Given the University’s close ties with Virginia Tech through family members and friends, I wanted you to know that we are following the situation very closely and are mindful of how this news may be affecting our students. We have already asked our staff at Counseling and Psychological Services and our Resident Advisers in the residence halls to provide any support needed to students.
The University’s homepage, www.virginia.edu, is posting periodic updates about the Virginia Tech situation. Please do not try to access the Virginia Tech homepage; excessive traffic will limit Tech's ability to communicate critical information to its own community.
Our thoughts are with the Virginia Tech community at this difficult time. If you or your son or daughter needs special assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer