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Dear Howard University Community,

I want to express my deep concern regarding reported acts of violence that have occurred on and around our campus over the last two days. Let me be explicitly clear – maintaining the safety and well-being of Howard University students is our first priority.   Earlier this evening, members of my administration met with a group of Howard University students to discuss a physical assault that took place outside of a residence hall early Sunday morning.  We are investigating not only this incident but also our response to it. We apologize to our students who expressed that our public safety response did not meet their expectations of support and assistance. We will hold all our employees responsible for ensuring that our policies and procedures are followed as they relate to the safety, well-being, and support of our faculty, staff, and students. 

We will host a Parent and Student Town Hall tomorrow, August 15 at 1 p.m. EDT to discuss what we know about these incidents and what we can do as a university community to be vigilant against criminal activity.  We will be discussing our safety plan for the campus community that will involve deeper partnership and coordination with the Metropolitan Police Department, deployment of additional resources, technology, and security personnel.  Please register in advance for the Town Hall here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing details about how to join the webinar.
Criminal activity and violence are never welcomed on or near our campus, and I share your concern about the uptick in this activity during what is generally a joyous period as we welcome students to campus and prepare for the start of a new academic year. We remain committed to doing everything we can to make our students’ experience a safe and enjoyable one as they strive to uphold our values of truth and service and are prepared to be the next generation of global leaders.

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Excellence in Truth and Service,
Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA