||War with Iraq
March 19, 2003
MEMBERS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY
As our nation heads into war with Iraq, many of us in the University of
California family feel a close connection to events occurring abroad.
Some have strongly held views about the need for military action itself;
have family members who may be involved in the fighting or who live not
far from it; others have concerns for their personal safety here at home.
a time of understandable anxiety and uncertainty.
I want you to know, first, that the University is taking a number of steps
to increase security. There will be increased vigilance and patrols, especially
at campus population centers; increased scrutiny of non-University and
commercial vehicles on campus; greater vigilance at public events; longer
advance review and planning with event organizers; and hardening of access
to critical buildings, to name just a few of the steps being taken.
We also are concerned about the well being of our students and staff in
Education Abroad Program and are working closely with our Study Centers
overseas to maximize the safety of these individuals.
The University has a Web site addressing many of these issues, available
you at http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/homelandsecurity/.
The Web site's emergency preparedness page contains the Occupant Emergency
Handbook, giving safety instructions for a number of possible emergencies.
In addition, campuses have a variety of programs available for students,
staff, and faculty who desire counseling or other support services. I
hope you will take advantage of these services if they might be helpful.
Finally, while there may be disagreements within the University community
over the advisability of military action in Iraq, it is important that
we all remember, now more than ever, the important role the University
plays as a place of reasoned inquiry and civil discourse. While emotions
may run high, there can be no room on our campuses for violence or intolerance.
I will continue to keep you informed of events as they affect the University.
Richard C. Atkinson
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