Carnegie Mellon University

October 27, 2018

Dear Members of the CMU Community:

Our hearts are broken.  

Today we stand with our friends and neighbors at the Tree of Life Synagogue and with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh. Together with so many across the nation, we grieve for the victims of this act of violence, and their families. And we are grateful for the bravery of law enforcement. At times like these we are reminded of our deeply rooted connections to Pittsburgh, which itself was built by people of many different faiths and backgrounds.

Although this incident did not occur on our campus, I thank our law enforcement and emergency response professionals, who immediately responded to secure the safety of our university. Earlier, out of respect for those impacted, the university cancelled all classes, athletics and homecoming events, as well as other university activities for today, Saturday, October 27. The full resources of the university are available for those in need during this time.

In the aftermath of this tragedy, let’s look for opportunities to take care of each other. We will be in touch about a time to come together as a community in the coming days.


Farnam Jahanian
Henry L. Hillman Chair