Thank you for the tremendous outpouring of support

September 26, 2014

The loss of Tucker Hipps comes at a time when we are still mourning the passing of Virginia Gilliam and Andrew O’Neill. I want to thank you for the tremendous outpouring of support that you have demonstrated.  I ask that you continue to hold these very special young people and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

I know that questions remain about what happened to Tucker. Investigations are currently underway to find the answers. But there is one area where there is no uncertainty, and that is the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and guests. This must remain the top priority for all of us.

Our student leaders and the administration agree: there must be zero tolerance for any behaviors that endanger the safety and security of our students, or anyone in our community. I know that each of you shares this strong conviction, and feels a personal responsibility to help keep this community safe.

I have been here for nine months now, and I can tell you the bond of the Clemson family is very special and very strong, especially during hard times.  So, let’s address these matters together. Let’s hold one another accountable for our actions, and let’s honor the high standards of this great university.

I have confidence that our students will be part of the solution. I also know that all of you will give us your best thinking, and your best advice.  So, let’s work together to ensure that we have a campus climate that is safe and supportive every day of the year.

Thank you.

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