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Friday, March 21, 2003
 

TO: All Faculty, Staff, and Students

FROM: Stephen L. Weber
SDSU President

SUBJECT: Iraq


Consequent to the outbreak of war in Iraq, the Department of Homeland
Security has maintained the national alert level at orange - a high risk of
possible terrorist activity.

I am writing to assure you that San Diego State is in close and regular
contact with the local office of the FBI and other law enforcement
agencies. To date we have no knowledge of any specific security threats to
our campus. However, by their very nature, major universities are "soft
targets." Please be vigilant, report anything of concern to the Department
of Public Safety at 619-594-1991 (in case of emergency, dial 911 from any
campus telephone), and reacquaint yourself with the campus emergency
preparedness procedures (http://bfa.sdsu.edu/emergency/). The heightened
level of alert is likely to continue for some time; it will require of each
of us increased awareness and concern for our mutual security.

There is another, more immediate threat to our campus - a threat to the
values and practices that make SDSU a great university. A university must
always be a place that is open to different ideas and respectful of
alternative political views. An important part of the learning environment
we work so hard to create comes from that diversity of viewpoints and
values. Because it is so critical to who we are and to the human growth
and development we foster, we must each work proactively to preserve and
strengthen the climate of civility and tolerance for alternative views that
has been a hallmark of our campus.

Finally, while each of us has, and is entitled to, her/his own views about
this war, there are some members of our SDSU family who are more
immediately affected by the war. Please be supportive of our visiting
international students and scholars. They are our guests; their presence
here enriches the learning experience for us all. Please also be
supportive of our ROTC cadets and of our many students and employees who
are in the reserves or who have family members serving in the
military. This is a difficult time for us all but particularly for them.

Allow me to conclude by reminding us that the work that we are all doing
here the work of teaching and learning; the work of discovering one another
and the wonderful variety of ways of being human; the work of recognizing
our own human limits and conceits; the work of understanding work that
takes place here and at other universities around the world, is our best
hope for a future free of war.
 
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