B-CU Acting President's response to the Jacksonville, FL shooting that occured on August 26th, 2023

STATEMENT FROM BETHUNE-COOKMAN UNIVERSITY ACTING PRESIDENT AND PROVOST WILLIAM BERRY ON THE SHOOTING IN JACKSONVILLE

On behalf of the entire Bethune-Cookman University family, we extend our deepest condolences and send our prayers and support to the loved ones of those who were shot and killed at a Dollar General store in Jacksonville on Saturday.

As a university, we condemn the hateful and harmful act that was committed in such close proximity to Edward Waters University, a fellow HBCU. We applaud the campus security staff who refused the shooter entry to campus for their bravery and commitment to keeping the students, faculty and staff safe.

We want to take this time to remind everyone that the safety and security of our campus is our number one priority. Please always remain alert and immediately report any concerns or suspicious activity to the Department of Campus Safety at 386-481-2900.

To our students living in residence halls: Please make sure that doors are closed and always locked. Remember: No one is permitted to prop open a door for convenience of access. Thank you in advance for everyone's individual and collective compliance to keep our campus safe and secure.