Dear Lumberjack family,

We awoke this morning to a terrible tragedy on our Flagstaff campus. As you may know, a shooting occurred in a north campus parking lot early this morning. The suspect is in custody, and there were four victims. One person is deceased and three people are being treated at the Flagstaff Medical Center.

We are, of course, shocked and deeply saddened by the circumstances that bring us together this morning. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families, and our entire Lumberjack family.

We have assured the NAU community that the campus was immediately secured by our police department and classes will go on as scheduled. I am grateful for the collaborative work of our law enforcement officials on campus and in the city of Flagstaff who are investigating this isolated, and unprecedented, incident.

We are sensitive to the tragedy, and we are asking the faculty to be sensitive to the needs of our students and families. This is not going to be a normal day at NAU. Our hearts are heavy.

Support services are currently available to our students through Counseling Services. Faculty and staff can seek support through Employee Assistance and Wellness beginning at 8 a.m.

A Family Assistance Center has been set up in the ballroom of 1899. Parents also may call 928-523-0007 for information.

The Hot Spot in the University Union opened today at 6 a.m. to offer a place for students to gather.

The Office of Public Affairs will continue to update the campus community as details are released.



Rita Hartung Cheng
NAU President