Dear University of Maryland community,
On Monday, October 9, we addressed our campus community to express our shock and sadness at the terrifying attacks by Hamas on Israel and Israeli citizens, and to offer support to members of our community. Over the past few days, we have witnessed and learned more about the horrifying and brutal nature of the innocent loss of life. In no uncertain terms, we condemn these acts of terrorism.
The violence hits home here on campus too, with some in our community fearful for their safety in light of recent calls for violence.
Our university is committed to the safety, care and support of every member of our community. We have increased police presence on campus. We have also advised faculty to demonstrate flexibility for students who request absences and extensions on coursework deadlines, and offered counseling support for any community member who needs it.
At many universities across the world, including our own, students are gathering to share their personal stories, to protest the violence, and to mourn the tragic loss of life throughout the region. It is our role and duty as educators to support their right to free expression while at the same time prioritizing safety for all.
To all Terps who have loved ones in Israel and Palestine, we are here for you.
Above all, we hope that our entire community of students, staff, faculty and alumni will raise our voices as advocates for peace.