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Important Campus Update

May 2, 2019

Dear faculty, staff, and students,

I write to inform you of a situation currently unfolding in Parrish Hall.

Earlier today a group of students entered my office and refused to leave. They said that they wanted to deliver a letter to me, but they have not yet produced it.

As many of you know, I am now my mother’s primary caregiver. I’m working from home today to help care for her because she cannot be left alone. I explained to the students by phone that I would speak with them in person if they all left my office; that I would meet with them in the Rose Garden; and that I would have to bring her with me.   

The students refused my offer.

Right now, there are serious safety concerns in Parrish Hall, and the students are in clear violation of our policies. I am willing to meet with them after my office has been vacated.


Valerie Smith