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B-CU Campus and Students Reported Safe

April 3, 2015- Daytona Beach, Florida - The Daytona Beach Police Department responded to an early morning shooting in the 300 block of Henry Butts Street.  The off-campus incident did result in four B-CU students being injured and taken to the hospital.  The students are currently recovering and all parents have been notified.  While this unfortunate occurrence did take place off campus, B-CU administrators and the public safety department are proactively involved with this investigation.  President Jackson is deeply concerned with the violence within the surrounding communities and will take the necessary steps to quickly address the challenges that pose threats to the safety of the campus and students.  "We are proud to be a part of this community.  Essentially, it is an extension of our campus.  We have a long and rich connection and we want to work together to find healthy alternatives for both our campus and the community," says President Edison O. Jackson. 

President Jackson and his leadership are continuously strengthening their policies and procedures and have complete confidence in their public safety department to keep their campus and students safe and secure. In addition, the president is looking into creating more opportunities to keep students involved with events and recreational activities on campus.  The university is committed to increasing its efforts to eradicate violence and negative influences on its campus and within the community.  President Jackson plans to meet with key influencers and policy makers to explore the available resources and to discuss future improvement plans. 

For more information, please contact Keisha Boyd - or (386)214-3653.

Bethune-Cookman University was founded in 1904 and serves the community via three campuses in Daytona Beach, Deltona and Hastings. For more information, visit

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship, and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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