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Dear Students, Parents, Counselors and Friends:
You are no doubt aware of the campus protest and ensuing confrontation that took place on the UC Davis Quad November 18. Our campus has long been known for safety, civility and a treasured sense of community, so the act of the police officer pepper spraying seated student demonstrators was incredibly shocking and disheartening to us all. It's understandable that you may have questions and concerns regarding the safety and security of our campus.
Please know that UC Davis is committed to being a safe place for all members of the community to learn, live and work. Several steps have been taken to address and rectify the events that occurred on November 18, which you can read about here: news.ucdavis.edu/special_reports/campus-demonstrations. Starting with student and staff town hall meetings, the campus is engaging in a series of open forums to discuss these issues. Your comments are welcomed at email@example.com. You can find the latest information at our campus website.
I've spoken with many colleagues, alumni, students and members of the campus and city community over the past several days and there is a common thread in each conversation. The events of one afternoon—and the mistakes made by a few—do not and should not reflect the character, Aggie spirit or mission of teaching, research and public service for which UC Davis has long been known, respected and loved. We must listen, learn from mistakes made, and ultimately, effect change so we can move forward together as a stronger, unified university. We hope you will support us in these efforts.
Walter A. Robinson
Assistant Vice Chancellor