message from president hawkinson regarding recent tragedy in pittsburgh

dear ku faculty, staff and students,

like you, i am deeply saddened by the tragedy that occurred at the tree of life synagogue in pittsburgh on saturday.  on behalf of the kutztown university family, i would like to express our deepest sympathies and send our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of the victims. 

this type of senseless violence is so difficult to comprehend.  it has hit home for many of our colleagues and friends throughout the state system of higher education, and can understandably result in questions about one's personal safety and the uncertainty that we all face every day.

To that end, we do have several measures in place to enhance the protection of our campus community.  We have a university police department that is staffed by full-time, fully-trained, state-certified officers who receive continual training to respond to various incidents. We also have the ability to receive assistance from off-campus law enforcement in a moment's notice.  In addition, we have an emergency operations team that meets regularly to ensure campus safety measures.  Although existing measures are reassuring, safety and security must be a joint effort between the university and all members of the campus community.  No matter where we are, suspicious behaviors must be reported to the police. The best way to do this on campus is to dial Public Safety & Police Services direct at 610-683-4001.  

i also want to reiterate that kutztown university highly values and respects all campus constituents and celebrates diversity. we will continue to advocate for an environment wherein all those associated with our university can feel valued and safe.

please be reminded that if you feel the need to access specific resources as an individual or with a group, or feel that you have been harassed or discriminated against, please reach out to trusted offices on campus including the following:

  • faith-based organizations (via office of inclusion and outreach): (610) 683-4923
  • glbtq resource center: (484) 646-4111
  • ku police: (610) 683-4002
  • office of the dean of students: (610) 683-1396
  • office of multicultural services: (610) 683-4197
  • office of social equity: (610) 683-4700
  • university counseling center: (610) 683-4072
  • women's center: (610) 683-4655

we should be sensitive to the emotions of others in response to saturday's tragedy.  if you sense that someone is upset by these (or other) incidents, please urge them to seek assistance from counseling services or one of our ministry partners.  faculty and staff may contact the state employee assistance program (seap).

thank you for your cooperation and commitment in making kutztown university a safe and welcoming place for all.


dr. kenneth s. hawkinson