Message from the President 2015

A MESSAGE TO THE TSU COMMUNITY, STUDENTS, PARENTS AND FRIENDS
FROM PRESIDENT JOHN M. RUDLEY.

We are saddened about the shooting incidents that have taken place on campus recently. The shootings have been extremely difficult and troubling for our entire university community, and are difficult to understand.  We continue to send our sympathies to the parents and those affected by this tragedy, and ask that you keep them in your prayers. We apologize for any undue worry or stress this has caused you and your children who are in our care while studying at Texas Southern University.


ACTIONS BY THE UNIVERSITY
In the wake of these incidents, our campus police and security department is increasing its presence and will continue to work closely with law enforcement agencies across the city of Houston. I appreciate the individuals and community as a whole for its support. We realize that it will require a total effort from everyone to keep our students safe and we are thankful for those who have already stepped up to help in various ways. 

The University has:
  • Instituted an 11 p.m. curfew in all student housing and dorms;
  • Increased security by adding three patrol shifts to student housing and dorms;
  • Contracted with an outside security company to assist the campus and area for around-the-clock security;
  • Instituted a mandatory sign-in and sign-out policy in campus housing;
  • Authorized random room checks for security purposes;
  •  Reemphasized the University’s Zero Tolerance policy; those breaking the rules will be expelled immediately;
  • Approved Apartment Parking lot entrance revisions;
  • Authorized a review and revisions of the Campus surveillance system.

CAMPUS VIGIL  – OCTOBER 12 
Our students planned a campus vigil October 12 at noon on the steps of the Sterling Student Life Center. 

The university has scheduled a Campus Carry Forum for Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Tiger Room of the student center. University leaders, student leaders, local law-enforcement representatives, members of U.S. Congress and community leaders will be in attendance.

RESOURCES AND SERVICES AVAILABLE
I would like to remind you that university counselors are available to help us through this difficult time via confidential services and resources. Students are asked to please visit the University Counseling Center, located in the Student Health Center or call the main office number at 713-313-7804. Employees may seek counseling through the Employee Assistance Counseling program by calling 713-500-3327 for confidential services.

ONGOING POLICE INVESTIGATION
We would like to remind everyone that this is an ongoing police investigation. It is our understanding that both the Houston and Texas Southern University police and investigators are questioning two persons of interest and witnesses at this time. Investigators are asking if anyone has any information relative to the case to please contact TSU PD at 713-313-7000.

Parents may call the Office of Student Services for periodic updates and to have any questions answered they may have. That number is 713-313-6816 or 713-313-1038.

TO RECEIVE EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION
The university’s emergency system is an opt-in text notification system. To receive emergency notification parents and students should follow the steps below:


MIR3
Emergency Contact Portal
Update Information

Click link below to update your emergency contact information
https://ondemand.mir3.com/TexasSouthernUniversity

Staff/Faculty
TSU Email: (your username@tsu.edu)

Password: Welcome1 (Only for first login then you set your own password.)

Students
TSU Email: (your username@student.tsu.edu)
Password: Welcome1 (Only for first login then you set your own password.)


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INCIDENT UPDATE
The investigation is ongoing as TSU and HPD officers are still interviewing witnesses.

The second person injured in this incident remains in the hospital and is listed in stable condition.

TSU’s Office of Communications will continue to update the campus and community as details are obtained. Continue to monitor the university website, www.tsu.edu, for periodic updates.

Thank you.
Sincerely,

Dr. John M. Rudley
President