Update from Chancellor Cantor regarding Dana Library Incident

FEBRUARY 6, 2015

Dear Rutgers University – Newark community members,

I write with an encouraging update on the status of our wonderful student and a report on how we are moving forward in the John Cotton Dana Library.

During my extended visit with our student and her family at the hospital yesterday, I was deeply impressed with her bravery and fortitude, and moved by the strong support of her family, friends, and our university community.  Her strength is evident in the way she is recovering from her wound to her arm and lacerations on the side of her head.  I know that we are all thinking of her and sending our best thoughts for continued progress as she heals.

Turning now to library protocols: we will be installing identification card swipes.  As of today, RU-N students, faculty and staff will be asked to show their Rutgers photo IDs and visitors to the library will be asked to show ID and log in and out, consistent with practices at many urban university libraries.  We are committed to the library remaining a safe and collegial place for learning, study, and research and to continue to serve as a resource for our university and our many partners in the community.

Rutgers University – Newark is a remarkably supportive institution and I know that we will all continue to listen to each other and work together for our unity and the well-being of our community.



Nancy Cantor