The following is a communication to the campus community from President
Edwin Colodny. It is being distributed through a listserv that is used for
emergency and top-priority communications. You cannot unsubscribe from
In light of the latest warning from the federal government issued late
Monday about possible new terrorist attacks against the United States, I
wish to take this opportunity to address matters related to security on
Authorities have not provided details on the nature or possible location
of the attacks, but they are urging all of us to remain in the highest
level of alert for at least the coming week.
Given the lack of specificity about the potential threats, I believe the
best approach for our campus is to remain calm, exercise good judgment, be
alert and follow basic security procedures.
To that end, we are taking the following steps:
1) Increasing UVM Police Services staffing and visibility on the campus
during the next few days.
2) Increasing Residential Life staff presence in the residence halls.
Staff will make frequent rounds to make sure exterior doors are secure.
Students can help by not propping doors open and by not allowing strangers
to come in behind them.
3) Reminding personnel who work with hazardous materials to meticulously
follow all procedures for safe handling and storage, and access to those
4) Reminding employees to keep work areas secure by not propping doors or
leaving labs, offices and classrooms unlocked.
5) Urging all of you to report any suspicious activity. Police Services is
requesting that you not let people unknown to you into any card access
building or residence hall. If you see people who appear lost or wandering
in work or living areas ask them who they are looking for and walk with
them to their destination or if the person(s) are suspicious because of
their location or give you evasive answers contact Police Services 24
hours a day at 656-3473 or in an emergency 911 from any University phone.
In addition, our university's Emergency Operations Team will continue to
monitor the unfolding national situation and will identify additional
steps that must be taken to improve the safety of all members of our
Lastly, I urge all of you to do your best to continue fulfilling our
university's educational mission. Debate and disagreement are to be
expected. But each of us has a duty to see to it that the values of
respect, civility and personal responsibility are embraced.