UT responseWritten by Autumn Lee | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The tragic shootings at Virginia Tech have resulted in an appropriate discussion about safety on college and university campuses, and The University of Toledo is a leading participant in those talks.
UT is pleased that Jeff Newton, our police chief, was able to share information about steps UT has taken to secure our campuses in the April 22 Toledo Free Press cover story, “Shootings spur improved communications.”
However, many of our students, faculty, and staff have expressed dismay at your cover art for the story depicting a handgun pointed at the Bell Tower of University Hall.
UT is proud of its safety record, and even before that awful day in Blacksburg, the institution has continually trained and reviewed its policies to enhance its readiness to respond to emergency situations.
This is an important topic. Unfortunately, your choice of artwork has generated unnecessary anxiety and has the potential to lead those unfamiliar with UT to believe that its campuses are unsafe.
We believe the choice was in poor taste.
LAWRENCE J. BURNS
Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing and Communications, UT