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Our entire nation has been shaken by the horrific shooting on the Virginia Tech campus. The crisis hits particularly close to our hearts here at Collin College, and it stirs concerns close to home.

Collin College is dedicated to ensuring an environment conducive to learning and scholarship on campus, and this begins with a vigilant commitment to the safety, security and well-being of our students and employees. We would like to remind our collegiate community of a few services in place.

Police: Campuses are guarded 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by licensed Texas peace officers with full police authority. If anyone on campus feels unsafe, whether walking to a car a night or seeing suspicious activity, the college has established a police hotline at extension5555 or 972.578.5555 if calling from cell phone.

Cameras: Campuses are monitored by an extensive surveillance camera system.

Closings: The college is open for business and classes, and there has been no activity on campus that should cause concern. However, campus closures are posted on our website www.collin.edu as well as broadcast to students via press releases to local media and Cougarmail. Please note that Cougarmail is the official email system for notices from the college.

Counseling: The Virginia Tech incident may evoke a variety of thoughts and emotions felt on a deeply personal level. Collin's Counseling Services staff has prepared an online tip sheet  and is available to assist students and staff in processing the recent events. At Spring Creek Campus, call 972.881.5126, at Preston Ridge Campus call 972.377.1671 or 972.377.1735, and at Central Park Campus call 972.548.6615.

Few can fathom the anguish and suffering resulting from a tragedy like the one at Virginia Tech. Collin College mourns this tremendous loss and sends wishes of hope and comfort to the students, their families, the faculty and staff at Virginia Tech during this of time of great sorrow.

It has been our practice to have continual review of all our policies and procedures by the Board of Trustees, the administration, faculty and staff. However if you have suggestions to improve the environment at any campus, please feel free to forward suggestions to the provost of your campus (Dr. Tom Rodgers for SCC, Rex Parcells for CPC and Dr. Belinda Newman for PRC); to Dr. Thom Chesney, Vice President of Academic Affairs; to Ralph Hall, Vice President of Administration; to Chief Ed Leathers, Director of Campus Safety and Security; Dr. Mary McRae, District Vice President of Student Development; or to my office.

President Cary A. Israel