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The Violent Events This Afternoon in Lower Manhattan

Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
To: The NYU Community
From: President Andrew Hamilton

Earlier this afternoon, a pick-up truck drove down the bike path that runs along the Hudson River, striking several people. After the truck came to a halt, the driver is reported to have exited the vehicle with objects that appeared to be firearms. He was promptly shot by police and taken into custody, bringing this incident to an end.

The police investigation continues, and details are continuing to emerge, but officials -- including Mayor DeBlasio -- have deemed it terrorism. The attack is deeply concerning, and we know there were casualties, including deaths. We have no information at this point to indicate that any of those injured or killed were members of the NYU community.

But we are all New Yorkers; as such, we are connected to those who were harmed and killed. And I am certain I speak for each and every one of us when I say that our thoughts are with the victims and their families.

New York City is one of the safest large cities in America. We are protected by a police department that stands out around the world for its excellence, competence, and professionalism. So, when an incident like this occurs, it is all the more shocking to us.

All of NYU's classes and activities will go forward as scheduled, and members of the community should carry on with them. We have no information regarding continuing or addition threats, and no information about any threats specific to the NYU community.

I have spoken with Marlon Lynch, our Vice President for Global Campus Safety; he has indicated that our Department of Public Safety has been and will continue to be in touch with the NYPD to access the most up-to-date intelligence. Moreover, he has instructed our Public Safety Officers to be on a heightened state of vigilance.  

Indeed, we should all remain vigilant. Be aware of your surroundings. If you see something, say something -- to a Public Safety officer, to a police officer, or to 9-1-1. In addition, I recommend that you download the Safe NYU app for smart phones, which will allow you to get safety alerts from the Department of Public Safety, or to contact them in an emergency. And if the attack has made you feel anxious -- which would be perfectly understandable -- the Wellness Exchange is standing by to help you.

We are New Yorkers. We will face today's events with courage and resolve, and with sympathy in our hearts for the victims of this attack.

And I can assure there is no higher priority for the University than your safety.