Brandeis Stands With Boston

April 16, 2013

Dear Members of the Brandeis Community,

As we reflect on the tragic events of yesterday, we ask that faculty, staff and students take a moment to reach out to each other and do our part as community members to support one another in this difficult time. Based on what we know right now, it appears that all of our community members are safe, including our BEMCO students who were on the scene at the Boston Marathon.

All members of the Brandeis family are invited to gather at 4 p.m. today around Chapels Pond for a vigil in solidarity with the victims of yesterday's attacks and in support of the wider Boston community. The Interfaith Chaplaincy and members of the student leadership will help to organize this event. All community members are welcome.

For those who wish to donate blood, the Waltham Group is holding a blood drive in Upper Sherman Tuesday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There are numerous resources available to the campus community including:

  • The Psychological Counseling Center will be open to students by appointment and will be open for walk-in assistance starting at 6 p.m. as needed. Center staff can be reached 24 hours a day at 617-431-4814. Other resources for students include the Office of the Dean of Student Life on the second floor of the campus center, your CA or CDC, or the Department of Community Living in Usdan.

  • Resources and important numbers for faculty, staff and students seeking help for a student in distress are available on the psychological counseling website.

  • Students are encouraged to reach out to their families on a frequent basis.

  • Staff and faculty can access grief counselors or discuss emotional concerns through the University's Employee Assistance Program, the Wellness Corporation. They can be reached at 800-828-6025 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or at The Wellness Group has notified the University that they are prepared to respond to concerns related to yesterday's tragedy.

There are several steps that our community members can take to promote a safe campus:

We ask that everyone monitor the local media and abide by instructions provided by local law enforcement, MBTA, and others. We know that today Copley Square and the surrounding area are closed, the Green Line is running but the Copley station is closed, bags will be searched on MBTA, Mass Pike Exit 22 is closed and many Back Bay businesses are closed.

Uniformed and plainclothes public safety officers are on duty on campus and Waltham police will be increasing patrols. You should not be concerned if you see more officers than usual. Our Department of Public Safety is in close contact with local, state, and federal officials and is following the situation closely.

I know that you join me in my pride for the members of our Greater Boston community. Their many acts of compassion, bravery and selflessness have assisted the injured, the stranded, and the grieving. We salute the first responders and officials whose planning and swift actions keep us safe and who render assistance in the midst of events that are very difficult to understand.

Please know that as we, and our larger community react to yesterday’s tragedy, I am confident that the Brandeis family will be a source of strength and resilience for us all.

Frederick M. Lawrence
President and Professor of Politics