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Safety Update—A Message from Superintendent/President David Wain Coon

January 28, 2014

College Community,

I know that we are all unsettled by the incident that occurred last Thursday night in Parking Lot #13.  Let me assure you, the safety of our students and employees is our number one priority.  Due to its ongoing nature, we are unable to release details regarding the investigation at this time. 

While we should always be precautious and focused on safety, unfortunate incidents such as this serve as a reminder of our need to be vigilant.  It may be beneficial to remind ourselves and our students of the following:

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Always lock vehicle doors
  • Take keys out before you get to your vehicle
  • Look underneath and into the vehicle before getting in
  • Walk in groups after evening classes conclude
  • Request a police escort at (415) 485-9696 if you have to walk alone to your destination
  • Sign up for AlertU - our emergency response system at
  • If you observe something out of the ordinary, please contact the Campus Police at (415) 485-9696

Going forward, Lot #13 will only be open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Parking lot #12 will be free after 5 p.m.  Please plan ahead.
**Temporary lighting will be used in Parking Lot #13 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. until Monday of next week as the entrance to Lot #13 is secured.**

Students and others may want to discuss the specifics of the incident.  I recommend we focus on how students, employees, and community members can empower themselves to remain safe.  We can assure them that the investigation is underway and remind them that it takes time to resolve such matters.  Students that need additional support to process their feelings and concerns may contact Student Health Services or the Counseling Department.  Employees may access counseling services through the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-854-1446 or

We will also be hosting four open forums for the purpose of discussing safety concerns at both campuses.  The forums are open to students, employees, and members of the community.

January 29    6 – 7 p.m., Student Services Building, Deedy Staff Lounge, Kentfield Campus
January 30    noon – 1 p.m., Student Services Building, Emeritus Meeting Room - SS 146, Kentfield Campus
February 4    1 - 2 p.m., Building 5, room 188*, Indian Valley Campus
February 4    5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Building 5, room 188*, Indian Valley Campus
*NOTE: Room changed from Building 17

Do not hesitate to let me know if additional clarification is desired.


David Wain Coon, Ed.D.