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A Message from President John Hennessy

(Image - John Hennessy) Dear Stanford Community Member:

Most of you have heard that two Stanford students have been the victims of armed robberies in the last week. This is a very serious situation and I wanted to communicate directly with you to let you know that the safety and security of Stanford community members is of paramount importance to the university and its leaders.

We are working with our chief of police, who has immediately increased the number of personnel on patrol, and with the Office of Student Affairs to ensure that students are both aware of the two robberies and taking precautions to ensure their own safety. Historically, Stanford has been a very safe community, but we also recognize that the university is part of the larger world, and we remind students and staff to walk and travel with friends, use well-lighted routes at night, carry cell phones and, if you feel endangered, call 911.

I encourage students with concerns or questions to speak immediately with their resident fellows, residence deans or graduate deans; staff and faculty should consult with department supervisors. At the same time, university leaders will continue to communicate frequently and widely through the student and staff newspapers, e-mails and the university website.

The Stanford Department of Public Safety has put together a short list of safety suggestions for students, staff and faculty. I am including that list at the end of this e-mail and ask that you take a minute to review the suggestions. Thanks for your attention to this important situation and please take care.


John L. Hennessy



The Stanford Department of Public Safety urges members of the Stanford community to take safety precautions both on campus and off campus.

— Be aware of your surroundings.
— Avoid using head phones and other devices that muffle noise.
— Walk and travel with friends.
— At night, use well-lighted pedestrian routes.
— Carry a cell phone. Report suspicious activity immediately.
— Call 911 from your cell phone or 9-911 from a campus phone.
— While on the campus, familiarize yourself with the locations of the tall blue Emergency Telephone Towers.

For more information:
The Safety and Security Almanac can be found at
The Suggested Travel Routes map can be found at