Nov. 6, 2017
I was devastated to hear about the incident early Saturday morning during which unauthorized demonstrators came onto campus. It is unfortunate that our campus is being used as a platform to incite fear.
I spoke with University Police Chief David Carter and the university is committed to maintaining an active and engaged police patrol both day and night. However, they need our help. If you see something suspicious call 9-1-1 before posting or sharing an incident or concern on social media. I understand that this incident is frightening to many, so I wanted to assure you that we have resources to support you.
- To express concerns about campus climate, contact the Campus Climate Response Team.
- If you're concerned about a student, faculty or staff member, contact the Behavior Concerns Advice Line at 512-232-5050 to talk through your concerns anonymously.
- The Office of the Student Ombuds is also available to help address your concerns.
- The Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC) is offering free daily drop-in Campus Climate Support Groups and on-going identity-based discussion groups throughout the week. Additionally, CMHC’s Diversity Coordinators and Counselors in Academic Residence (CARE) provide free office hours for drop-in consultation and support at locations throughout campus. View schedules and the full list of resources.
- If you need to speak to a counselor urgently, the CMHC Crisis Line is available 24/7 at 512-471-2255.
- For a full list of groups and classes CMHC is offering this semester, click here.
- If you need help other than CMHC services, call Student Emergency Services in the Office of the Dean of Students at 512-471-5017 or email them.
Part of our character as Longhorns is that we help others and stand united against injustice. Outside groups are not permitted to engage in expressive activities on our campus or to use it as a prop or backdrop in support of their message. And even members of the campus community are prohibited from wearing masks that are intended to break our rules, carrying open flames or shields, or engaging in other behavior that hides their identities or threatens public safety. We engage in constant dialogue with students and staff about ways to keep our campus safe.
Dr. Soncia Reagins-Lilly
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students