Message on Emergency Preparedness
March 24, 2003
I know there is concern in the University of Michigan community, as there is across our nation and around the world, now that the United States has engaged in military conflict with Iraq. Also, we share deep concern for all those who will feel the impact of this conflict.
Your right to freedom of expression is paramount at the University of Michigan, and I trust we will set an example for the nation of passionate debate conducted with respectful civility. This is a hallmark of our educational system, and one of which I am most proud. I hope, too, that we will reach out to one another and to our faculty experts as we seek greater understanding about these troubling issues.
We know that many of our students, faculty, and staff, including those in our international community, will be personally affected by this military action. Many of us have friends and family around the world, and some have loved ones or colleagues serving overseas. Indeed, members of our own community have been called to service. I ask that you consider the special burden that all those affected now bear.
You may wish to seek counseling services or other guidance during this time, and I have included links to available campus resources at the conclusion of this message. We have staff and faculty who are here to answer questions or help in whatever way they can. Also, we are taking steps to help ensure the safety and security of our campuses and will be providing updates on the University Gateway regarding campus preparedness.
Please know that you are in my thoughts as we navigate these challenging times together.
Mary Sue Coleman
President, University of Michigan
(site also includes links for faculty and staff):
Counseling and Psychological Services
3100 Michigan Union
For U-M faculty & staff:
U-M Faculty and Staff Assistance Program
For U-M Health System employees:
MWorks Employee Assistance Program
The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching
Guidance for instructors leading class discussions about the war in Iraq