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April 17, 2007

Dear Faculty, Students, Staff and Parents,

In the aftermath of the tragedy at Virginia Tech, a number of you have expressed concern to me over the safety of people living on university campuses. I certainly understand your concern and am writing to reassure you to the extent possible.

Old Dominion University has a fully certified police force for campus security. Not only are our public safety officers fully qualified to operate as regular police officers, but training for other forces occurs on the campus. Our campus police cooperate fully with the Norfolk City Police and they work together well. They offer each other backup and use the same communication channels.

The university has an elaborate emergency operations plan and our experienced and capable senior administration forms an effective and efficient team overseeing the safety and security of each person on the campus.

No plan can ever prevent tragedy from occurring. No one can ever guarantee the complete safety of a place. We all can only do our best and I am writing to assure you that, at Old Dominion, we are doing just that.

I believe that we must look at the causes of violence in society, as well as at the ways to suppress it or to reduce its effects. This is a mission to which we can each contribute personally. We can make our schools and universities not only safe, but places where people learn to resolve problems peacefully. We can make our society one where we respect each other and our freedoms.

Let us begin this important work today.

Sincerely yours,

Roseann Runte

This article was posted on: April 17, 2007

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