Vanderbilt leaders offers support for Michigan State; emergency preparedness resources available to VU community

Following the tragic shootings at Michigan State University on Feb. 13, Vanderbilt leaders have offered their support for the Michigan State community and are reminding students, staff and faculty of resources available to them on the Vanderbilt campus.

“The Vanderbilt community grieves with Michigan State University in the wake of campus shootings that left three dead and five critically injured in East Lansing. Our thoughts are with the university community and the families of the victims,” Chancellor Daniel Diermeier said.

“I send my deep sympathy to the @michiganstateu community as they grieve for the students killed and injured in East Lansing (Monday) night,” Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver said. “Our condolences go out to the entire MSU community in the aftermath of this tragedy.”

Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students G.L. Black sent a message encouraging all students to reach out to the university’s support resources as they process another mass shooting on a university campus.

“This news is deeply upsetting and heartbreaking for us all, and it is understandable that these continued acts of senseless violence—particularly when they occur on college campuses—leave many of us shaken. Please know that Vanderbilt stands ready to support you and that your safety is our priority,” Black wrote.

All members of the Vanderbilt community should review the Guidelines for Active Shooter Incident on the Vanderbilt Emergency Preparedness website and update their information in Oracle Cloud to ensure they receive alerts through the university’s AlertVU mass notification system. AlertVU is used when an emergency poses an imminent threat or danger to the Vanderbilt community, such as an active shooter or a tornado forecast to strike the campus.

Vanderbilt University Public Safety continually monitors for potential threats to the Vanderbilt community and offers a number of emergency guides, information and resources online. These include the Vandy Safe app, which allows users to contact Vanderbilt’s police department via phone call or text, share their location, report a crime tip, view emergency guides and more.