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From the President

My foremost duty, as president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the Rensselaer community. As always, we are cognizant of national security concerns and any change in alert status. Rensselaer continues its preparedness as follows:

  • Government-recommended improvements and policy changes are in use on all campuses and will continue in accord with guidance from state and federal authorities.
  • Security measures for sensitive areas and key campus buildings continue, as does vigilance on the campus and at public events.
  • The card access system for Troy campus residence halls is in place and buildings are locked 24 hours a day. Students are urged to maintain the integrity of this system, ensuring that all doors remain secure.
  • Troy faculty, staff, and students are required to carry their Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute identification cards with them at all times, as usual.
  • Personal safety escort service continues to be available on the Troy campus from Public Safety 24 hours a day.
  • The Troy campus health services teams have bolstered their preparedness and remain alert to any public health issues with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • On the Hartford campus, an additional reception area was installed to provide heightened security and vehicle-proof barricades are planned.
  • A Cabinet-level team continues to meet regularly to assess risks, evaluate developments, and respond to security concerns. The Rensselaer community is fortunate to have individuals with relevant, scientific expertise who can advise us in a variety of capacities.
  • We continue to ask our campus communities to be vigilant and to report unusual activity. In Troy, call Public Safety at (518) 276-6611. In Hartford, call (860) 548-2448.

While events both at home and abroad can be troubling, all of us hope for a safer and more secure world. I continue to encourage all members of our campus communities to take advantage of a variety of support services offered through our schools and through our administrative divisions.

An underlying premise of Rensselaer education is devotion to discovery and the expansion of intellectual horizons. A free, open, and respectful exchange of ideas is the best way to protect the academic liberty and freedom that we all cherish. Let us take this opportunity to learn more about our world and about how we can change it.

Rensselaer is fortunate to encompass great diversity. While we represent numerous nationalities, races, religions, and political viewpoints, we are “One Rensselaer.” We draw strength from our diversity, which informs our endeavor to achieve a more secure, more just, and more prosperous world.

Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.
President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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