May 3, 2013
To Members of the University Community,
As promised in my memo on April 29, the draft preliminary assessment report and recommendation regarding the emergency response to the incident in the Chafee Social Science Center on April 4, 2013 is now available from this email, my website and also at our Alert page, www.uri.edu/news/alert.
I urge you to read the report and offer your comments and ideas for consideration.
As one of the recommendations in the report relates to arming the URI Police, an open forum will be held on May 8 at 11 a.m. in the Atrium in the Memorial Union. Sponsored by my office, together with the Provost, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, and the Student Senate, this open meeting is to ensure that all voices can be heard on this issue.
Prior to the forum, you may wish to review the reports on this topic produced by the Government Relations Committee (2012) and the Campus Security Commission (2010), which are available for you to read and carefully consider.
Our desire is to have an informed dialogue about the issue on May 8. Our goal is NOT to attempt to reach consensus, but to assist our community in developing a thorough understanding of the issue and its implications. If additional forums are needed to foster broader dialogue about approaches, strategies, or potential improvements, we will arrange for such meetings.
David M. Dooley