September 11, 2001


I know that all of you are shocked, as I am, by the terrible tragedies that have occurred today in New York and Washington, D.C., and that many of you have friends and family in those regions.

The University will remain open, though I am informed that all but essential operations at the Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos national laboratories have been closed for today by the Department of Energy.

I am asking the chancellors to encourage supervisors and managers to provide maximum flexibility to accommodate the individual needs and circumstances of employees. I also am encouraging the chancellors to ensure that counseling and psychological support services are available to members of the University community.

We are making every effort to ensure the security of our students, staff and faculty at all campuses, medical centers, national laboratories and Education Abroad centers. The personal safety of all members of the University of California community is uppermost in our minds.

This week's meeting of the Board of Regents has been cancelled.

Our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones in today's horrific tragedies. We will provide additional information about the University's response to these developments as it becomes available.

Richard C. Atkinson


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