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Release: Sept. 11, 2001

President Coleman's statement regarding today's terrorist attack on the United States

Members of the University Community:


We are all stunned at the violent attacks on the United States this morning, and we share the grief that accompanies this horrible tragedy. I believe that the most effective way for our University community to respond is to continue our studies and work today, and not to be paralyzed by the horrific events that have occurred. Classes will continue today, though we are encouraging all faculty to make some time in their classes to discuss the tragedies with their students.

Many people will want to talk about what has happened. We have set up two rooms at the Iowa Memorial Union for students, faculty, and staff to talk with each other and with trained counseling staff. The Lucas Dodge Room in IMU will be open until 5:30 p.m. today, and the Northwestern Room will be open until 6:30 p.m. for this community dialogue.

Also, I will be holding a regularly-scheduled Fireside Chat this evening at 7:00 P.M. in MC's Café at the Mayflower Residence Hall. I encourage all students who wish to discuss further what has happened today to attend.

In solidarity with all people who have been affected by these tragedies the flag on Old Capitol will fly at half staff.

Mary Sue Coleman, President