To: University Community
From: President Ralph Kuncl, the President’s Cabinet, and Jeff Talbott, Chief of Public Safety
Date: December 4, 2015
We write this afternoon to reassure our students, parents and families, our faculty, and all of our employees that the safety and security of our campus and the surrounding community is topmost in our minds this week, and always.
Public Safety, the President’s Cabinet, and the Board of Trustees – who are with us this week for their regular meeting, as well as to enjoy our annual holiday events – want you to know that there has been no activity on our Redlands or any other campus that warrants changing our operations or schedule in any way. While we still have our Public Safety officers on extra patrols following the week’s events, we have not seen or received reports of any activity on our campuses that constitutes a threat or merits any new security action.
This morning’s break-in and vandalism of Memorial Chapel, which some of you may have heard about, is being investigated by Redlands Police Department and Public Safety. It was rumored that the FBI were on campus today, possibly as part of this investigation, but that rumor is false. It is correct that bomb-sniffing dogs were brought in by Redlands Police to check the Chapel area. While the break-in was suspicious, the Chapel has just this hour been officially cleared as safe. This appears to be no more than a destructive and senseless act. We will report back to the Community when we know more.
You may know that a short time ago, FBI Director James Comey held a news conference regarding the suspects and the nature of this week’s mass shooting in San Bernardino. He stated, “So far we have no indication that these killers are part of an organized, larger group or form part of a cell. There is no indication that they are part of a network.…” Here is a link to his entire statement.
Last, we want to remind the Community that we are just that – a close-knit, caring Community – which has in its fold people of many backgrounds and many religious faiths. This is a time to recognize, embrace, respect, and support any of our friends and colleagues who are in need. Again, if you are feeling concerned or anxious and would like to talk with someone, please call or visit the Counseling, Student Life, or Chaplain’s Offices on the Redlands campus.