SUNY to Observe National Moment of Silence Honoring Umpqua Community College Victims

October 8, 2015

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher announced that System Administration and each of SUNY’s 64 campuses will observe a National Moment of Silence at 2 p.m. today honoring the victims of last week’s shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon.

"College campuses are meant to provide students, faculty, and staff with a safe haven where they can teach, learn, and grow. It is unbearably saddening when a peaceful campus community like Umpqua Community College is disrupted by violence," said Chancellor Zimpher. "As those affected by this devastating tragedy continue to heal, the entire State University of New York family will keep them in our thoughts."

Students, faculty, and staff across the university system are encouraged to show their support on social media using the hashtag #IamUCC.

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