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University of Denver responds to Virginia Tech shooting

The University of Denver has joined the rest of the country in support of the Virginia Tech community after today’s tragedy, while reaffirming DU’s commitment to campus security.

Campus Safety Director Don Enloe says his department is adding patrols, keeping an eye out for anything unusual and reminding everyone that his office is always available to investigate anything suspicious, no matter how trivial it may seem.

“Our main goal, every day, is to keep our students, faculty and staff safe,” he says. “This is a safe environment, but we are reminded that these things have happened at other institutions in the past. We continually renew our commitment to proactively protecting the University of Denver community.”

Provost Gregg Kvistad says that like DU, many colleges are stepping up patrols.

“We are saddened by the loss of life and the impact the shooting will have on the families of those killed, Virginia Tech and campus communities across the nation,” he says.

Kvistad stresses that the University of Denver Health and Counseling Center is open to all DU students, faculty and staff, with same-day availability for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis.

“If you are touched by today’s tragedy or are experiencing an emergency of any nature, call the center,” Kvistad says.

The University will host a moment of silence at 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, on the Driscoll Green to remember the victims.

Campus Safety operates an emergency dispatch center around the clock and nearly 90 emergency telephones around campus connect directly to a dispatcher. Officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day in marked vehicles, on foot and by bicycle.

The DU Health and Counseling Center can be reached weekdays at 303-871-2205 or after hours through Campus Safety at 303-871-3000. For safety tips visit the Campus Safety Web site.

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