Message from President Len Jessup, Oct. 24, 2017

I’ve invested a great deal of time contemplating and talking with people around campus about the events of October 1st. As you are aware, what took place that night was unprecedented and horrific, not simply for our community, but for any city in the modern history of the U.S. I also understand the profound impact this event had on Las Vegas and the UNLV community, and it is clear we are all still in numerous phases of grieving. While it is tough to take into words the immense grief such a catastrophe produces, I am so extremely happy with the people of Las Vegas and the members of the UNLV community for their empathy and determination to assist complete strangers throughout a terrible and unsure time. From tragedy came love, empathy, unity, and caring. Thank you to everyone who assisted that night and in the days and weeks after.

As the healing process starts and after taking some time to pause and reflect, we felt it was very important to discuss what occurred with students, professors, staff, and other groups, and look at methods to even more boost our processes and readiness.

First and foremost, we acknowledge the significance of interaction and the flow of details and have recognized methods to enhance outreach to our neighborhood. While details was disseminated on the UNLV site, social media, and e-mail, some stakeholders did not see it. For that reason, we are broadening our existing alert of mobile text informs for significant occasions that happen near school, not simply on campus. Further, we are improving our email system to increase awareness among students. We also acknowledge that when we sent information indicating the choice to keep campus open on Monday– a decision shared by CCSD and our sister NSHE organizations– we might have done more to explain that, while it would be far from a regular day, we would be here to invite those who wanted to share in a common profusion of grief which regular activities would be optional. In addition, school police inspected all our campus centers however we might have provided extra peace of mind to our internal community — particularly our trainees in the dormitory — that campus itself was secure.

The occurrence also enhanced that security training is crucial, and we will continue to check out best practices and share that details with essential stakeholder groups. We appreciate the recent work of CSUN for developing a new active shooter training video.

The events of October 1st on the Las Vegas Strip provide us a chance to stop briefly and advise ourselves about exactly what is very important in our lives. It is in that spirit, that we are hosting a UNLV Remembrance Event on Thurs., Nov. 2 at 11:30 a.m. in the Alumni Amphitheater, next to the Student Union.

The entire UNLV family is welcomed, and we are asking professors who teach from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. to please join us, and/or to excuse trainees who participate in. The occasion will be streamed live over the UNLV site for our satellite campuses and for others who are not able to join us personally. In closing, I wish to repeat that each of you– trainees, personnel, and professors– is a valuable member of the UNLV household. We were all terrified that night and many are still harming. This is a time to listen to each other’s thoughts and fears, and to acknowledge that we can gain from catastrophe. My heart heads out to each of you and to all those affected by events that horrible night. As a tip, Trainee Counseling and Psychological Solutions (CAPS) is available to any member of the campus community.

As we moved on, we will continue to learn and grow together to enhance our UNLV community.

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