Richard F. Wilson
In the Wake of the Virginia Tech Tragedy
April 19, 2007
To the Illinois Wesleyan Community:
The tragic events on the campus of Virginia Tech have stunned the entire country over
the last few days. The reports are both shocking and heartrending. I ask that you
keep the Virginia Tech community in your thoughts and prayers.
Following the news reports from Blacksburg, we have had a number of inquiries from
students, faculty and staff, families and friends of the University about our own
preparedness for emergencies and crisis situations.
I want you to know that Illinois Wesleyan has provided an Emergency Procedures Guidebook
in every employee benefits notebook for at least 15 years and created an Emergency
Response Team to take on additional responsibilities after the tragic events of September
Following the Virginia Tech tragedy, I asked the Emergency Response Team (ERT), which
is led by Vice President Kathy Cavins, to review our current plans and procedures
so that we are prepared not only to respond to events and communicate appropriately,
but also to anticipate potential situations whenever possible. In the meantime, you
can find an outline of how we respond to emergency situations below and on our Web
site at https://www.iwu.edu/studentaffairs/emergency.html.
By its very nature, a university is an open community. We must never lose sight of
this; however, at the same time, we need to be committed to the safety and security
of our campus community. I ask that each of you join in that effort, as we move forward