September 11, 2001 - 7:30pm
As we announced a short while ago, San Francisco State University will return to full operation on Wednesday, Sept. 12, and all classes will be held as usual.
We are united in sorrow for the victims of today's unprecedented terrorist attacks and for their families. And, while tomorrow we will return to our daily work of educating students, we know that our lives will not be the same for some time to come. I share the feelings that I expect many of you are experiencing -- shock, horror, and extraordinary sadness. We may learn, in days to come, that members of our university community are among those directly touched by these terrible events. But we have all been touched, and the best thing for us now is to come together, draw comfort from each other, and extend all possible help through emergency agencies.
As I write this Tuesday evening, I am about to meet with students in our residence halls, to talk, share feelings, reassure them that we believe this campus to remain a safe environment. We will create other opportunities for such conversations in the next few days. In our first response as a campus, we will gather on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at noon, in Malcolm X Plaza of the Student Center, for a brief memorial to the victims.
For students, faculty, or staff who would like to talk privately about these terrible events, Counseling and Psychological Services is extending its hours this week. Their services will be available through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the second floor of the New Student Services building. In addition, a counselor can be reached 24 hours a day by calling the Department of Public Safety at 415-338-7200.
We know that some students may not feel prepared to return to campus right away. With this in mind, we are asking that our faculty and staff be particularly sensitive with regard to student attendance issues. Another word to faculty: Your students may well wish to talk about Tuesday's events in the course of their classes. The Office of Human Relations has prepared a brief list of suggestions for how faculty may wish to handle the difficult discussions ahead, and we will circulate it via e-mail very shortly. During the afternoon, faculty may wish to gather with colleagues on the first or second floors of the Franciscan Building for informal conversation.
The aftermath of these terrorist attacks will be with us for a very long time to come. As we once again come together as a campus community, I trust that we will do so in the spirit of unity and understanding that characterizes San Francisco State. We have a remarkable opportunity in the coming days and weeks to affirm our community and our common humanity.
Our hearts and our prayers are with those who have died and who are suffering because of this tragedy.
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