Letter from the Dean of Students
Red Raider Family,
I am saddened to pen this letter. Today, we mourn the loss of one of our own, a Texas Tech Police Department officer who was mortally wounded in the line of duty. It is often hard to make sense of such tragedy and only time will help heal our loss. I extend my gratitude to the family of our fallen officer.
The many students, staff, and faculty who may be experiencing distress as a result of this tragic loss are on my mind today and in the coming days, weeks. We, as a Texas Tech community, will come together to lift each other up and will offer endless support as we begin to process the series of events that unfolded on October 9th, 2017. It is our love and care for one another that will be our greatest asset during this difficult time.
Support resources have been set up in two locations today, October 10th and tomorrow October 11th to support any student in need:
• Student Wellness Center – walk-in hours at the Student Counseling Center, Monday through Friday, 12:30pm-3:30pm and a drop-in support group on Tuesday and Wednesday from 1:00pm-5:00pm located at the Student Wellness Center, room 100.
• Student Union Building – a drop-in support group on Tuesday and Wednesday until
5:00pm in the Mesa Room located on the second floor of the Student Union Building.
There is a memorial space located outside of the Student Union Building near the entrance by the Copy Mail Office for students, staff and faculty to leave messages of condolence and to offer reflections.
As a former law enforcement officer, I want to personally thank our Texas Tech Police Department, Lubbock Police Department, Lubbock County Sherriff's Office, and the other law enforcement agencies who responded and who protect us on a daily basis. We all sleep better at night because of your commitment to our communities.
As we continue to process and mourn our collective loss, please know there are persons here at Texas Tech that stand ready to assist you through this difficult time. I encourage each of you to remain committed to attend class, to focus on your studies, and to take time to recognize the need for support. Please do attend class and come to campus as you normally would. Due to the fast action of our law enforcement community, the campus remains open and ready to assist you as you continue to pursue your academic goals.
Thank you in advance for being there for one another and for taking care of one another during this difficult time.
D. Matthew Gregory, PhD
Dean of Students
Texas Tech University
Office of the Dean of Students
AddressSuite 201 AA, Student Union Building