To The WVU Community, Alumni and Friends:

Communication is vital during times of conflict. When there is news to report regarding war-related activities that may impact this campus, we will communicate that information to you as quickly as possible through the following means:

  • Postings to the WVU home page,, which students, employees, parents, alumni and friends are encouraged to access for current news by clicking on the University Newswire or More WVU News

  • Announcements via student-faculty Mountaineer Information Xpress (MIX) accounts

  • Mountaineer E-News announcements distributed to employees on a regular basis, as news dictates, as well as various faculty and staff Groupwise list serves

  • A toll free helpline, 1-800�€WVU-0096, for parents with questions or concerns

  • Voice mail messages, which may be activated, as needed

  • Local news channels, WAJR AM1440 and U92 FM92 , and other news operations.

We do not anticipate closure of the university or cancellation of activities, but if anything happens to change that status, we will also use these above communication vehicles. The same goes for scheduling open forums, speakers and other discussions.

If you are feeling uneasy, fearful or anxious, I encourage you to seek out the numerous options for counseling and consultation available at the Carruth Center (students), 304-293-4431; Student Health Service, 304-293-2311; Faculty-Staff Assistance Program (employees), 304-293-5590; and International Student Office, 304-293-3339.

To report suspicious activity, call the Department of Public Safety, 304-293-3136.

Please know that we remain a campus committed to providing a safe and secure environment.

As alert status has increased, we have undertaken a number of steps to increase security, including increased patrols, especially at campus population centers; increased scrutiny of vehicles on campus; greater vigilance at public events; working with event organizers; and limiting access to critical facilities, among other initiatives that will be kept more discreet.

Rest assured that emergency plans are also in place in the event of a national security development.

A special University initiative has been under way for several weeks to address campus climate concerns. Student leaders, faculty, staff, community leaders and others have tried to proactively address issues ranging from campus safety, freedom of expression and counseling services to aiding those called to serve in the military and displaying respect and tolerance for one another and our different beliefs.

In the coming days and weeks, I am sure there will be a great deal of discussion and debate. It is my hope that productive education will continue and that civil and tolerant conduct will prevail.

We will do our best to communicate critical information to you during these important times.

Warm Regards,
David C. Hardesty, Jr.