In response to the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy sent the following message to the campus community:
Today marks a somber return to classes and work for the UMass Amherst community. Many of us have been glued to the news channels and social media outlets watching, searching for loved ones, and sending well wishes to the city of Boston and the victims of the Boston Marathon explosions.
We extend our sincere condolences to the victims, their families and friends and to the many people around the world impacted by this act of violence. We also honor the hundreds of emergency response personnel and private citizens who paid little regard for their personal safety or comfort to assist those in need. Their acts of valor and care remind us that we all have tremendous capacity for good.
While there were certainly UMass Amherst students, staff and alumni in the area yesterday, we have not received any reports of deaths or injuries impacting our community. As we move together through the days ahead, it is important for you to know that we remain vigilant about campus safety issues. If there is a health or safety concern for our campus related to yesterday’s events, we will use our emergency broadcast systems, including loud speakers and text messages to issue specific warnings and information. So far, we’ve had no need to do that and we are grateful.
In the days ahead we must stand together as a community to extend our support to all affected by this terrible tragedy.