Events in Paris, 11/16/15

As you are likely aware, a series of attacks took place in Paris on Friday evening, resulting in at least 129 deaths and several hundred injuries.

Five Mason students are currently studying in Paris. The University has verified that all of them are safe.

At this time, our thoughts and heartfelt sympathy go to the French people, and especially to the students from France studying with us at Mason. We know that many members of our Mason community may be connected to Paris through friends and family. Support is available for students through the offices of the Division of University Life, including Counseling and Psychological Services and the Office of International Programs and Services. All University Life resources can be identified and accessed through

Faculty and staff resources are available through the Employee Assistance Program, which can be accessed through your employer-sponsored health insurance. Details can be found on the benefits website at

Members of our Mason community come from every U.S. state and from more than 120 countries. Through our differences as well as our commonalities, we enrich each other and our shared learning. Although we cannot change the recent events in Paris, our responses to those events can define us and change our community and the world. This is the time to care for one another and to live up to our highest values.

Sincerely yours,

Rose Pascarell, Vice President, University Life

S. David Wu, Provost and Executive Vice President

Posted in Letter from VP.