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Coastal Carolina University President David A. DeCenzoOffice of the President

Communications from CCU President David A. DeCenzo‌

Respect is a core value of Teal Nation

August 5, 2019

Dear students, faculty and staff,

As we move through this day, we are deeply saddened for the people of Dayton, Ohio; El Paso, Texas; Southaven, Mississippi; and Gilroy, California, who are stricken with grief over losing their loved ones in senseless shooting incidents during the past nine days. They are struggling to deal with horrific acts of violence that have profoundly marked their lives forever.

It is difficult to comprehend the devastating impacts these communities now suffer. We have heavy hearts knowing this—there are truly no words that can provide the comfort and healing so desperately needed in times like these.

Mass violence incidents are reportedly becoming more and more frequent. These incidents are often acknowledged as hate-related crimes. Unfortunately, we must remain mindful of this and take heed. At CCU, safety and security are primary focal points for us all.

We condemn all acts of violence and unequivocally state that all forms of discrimination and hatred have no place in our society.

Our law enforcement and emergency management teams, and administrative leaders and staff work diligently to plan, train and prepare. With video cameras and other security mechanisms strategically located across our University, the Department of Public Safety maintains a persistent watch over the comings and goings of this public campus. Mass notification systems are installed to enhance our crisis communication capabilities. Our staff members engage in emergency training exercises that help them build strong response practices they are prepared to implement during actual events. These are all precautionary steps needed to evaluate the safety of our campus community.

Likewise, CCU’s culture is one of diversity and inclusion. “Respect” is one of our four core values. We appreciate diversity; we value civility and fairness toward individuals, cultures, ideas and resources. We condemn all acts of violence and unequivocally state that all forms of discrimination and hatred have no place in our society, including our campus.

We must remain vigilant in remembering that our community is made up of individuals from diverse backgrounds who inhabit various identities. Together, we share the responsibility of respecting one another, recognizing the immeasurable value of embracing our differences and engaging with one another to grow in our perspectives.

David A. DeCenzo, Ph.D.