September 11, 2001
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Amherst College Responds to Terrorist Attacks

Announcement from Tom Gerety, President

September 11

In view of the several terrorist attacks in Washington, D. C. and New York City, I wish to announce that we will convene as a College community this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. in LeFrak Gymnasium. All College activities today should be structured, if possible, to provide solace to those members of our community who may be directly affected, particularly our students. Individuals on the Faculty and Staff who wish to be with their families should feel free to cancel scheduled campus activities and return to their homes. Many on the Faculty may wish to cancel classes and laboratories this afternoon and tomorrow; others may wish to hold class discussions about our national crisis. All athletic practices have been canceled this afternoon so that students may attend the meeting in the gymnasium. All lectures including the Ehrenreich First Year Seminar lecture have been postponed. Television monitors have been placed in Converse Red Room, the Campus Center, Valentine, the Library and elsewhere, including offices such as my own.

Religious advisers are available for consultation and discussion throughout the afternoon in the lounge on the first floor of Chapin Hall. The staff at the Counseling Center is available throughout the afternoon on a walk-in basis; no appointments are necessary. At 7:30 p.m. this evening the community is invited to gather in Johnson Chapel for informal conversation as a follow-up to the all-campus meeting this afternoon. Faculty, Deans and other administrators, religious advisers and psychologists from the Counseling Center will be available for conversation throughout the evening in Johnson Chapel.

Please refer to the College homepage for ongoing developments in this national crisis and the College's response to it.