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Terrorist attacks--Miami's continuing response

11/02/2001

Here is a summary--updated continually--of Miami University's response to the tragic events of Sept. 11 and information on ongoing events.

• Miami's Office of International Programs received a letter Oct. 30 from Algeria, which contained a suspicious stain. Miami police were contacted Oct. 31.

Miami receives about 12,000 inquiries a year from international students about admission. The letter that sparked the alarm was one of those inquiries and included the e-mail address of the prospective student. Neither staff members in the office or Miami police believe there is any cause for concern following a closer inspection of the letter. However, following protocol, the Butler County Health Department was contacted.

• In this time of increased caution and concern regarding terrorism and bioterrorism, Miami is following protocols and procedures established by the FBI, Centers for Disease Control and the Ohio Health Department.

If you observe any suspicious incident on campus call Miami police at 911. If you are off campus call Oxford police at 911. Either agency will coordinate notification of the FBI or health authorities.

If you receive a suspicious package or letter, the FBI advises you to:

--handle it with care.

--isolate it and look at it for indicators such as odors or discoloration.

--don't open it, smell it or taste it.

--call 911

If a parcel is opened and/or a threat is identified follow the following FBI-recommended procedures:

--For a bomb, evacuate immediately. Call 911.

--For radiological material, don't handle the object and limit exposure by shielding yourself. Evacuate area and call 911.

--For biological or chemical threats, don't handle the object. Call 911 and wash your hands with soap and warm water.For the complete FBI advisory on handling suspicious packages or letters go to www.fbi.gov and scroll down to bottom of page for a link to the information.

For more information about the specific effects of chemical or biological agents, the following Web sites may be helpful:

--Centers for Disease Control and Prevention---www.bt.cdc.gov

--U.S. Department of Energy----www.energy.gov

--U.S. Department of Health and Human Services----www.hhs.gov

--Federal Emergency Management Agency----

www.rris.fema.gov

--Environmental Protection Agency----

www.epa.gov/swercepp

• Scholar Abdul Kariym Al-Husaam will speak on "Islam Among Us: A Man's Search for Religion" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Miami University Art Museum. The Western College Program and Diversity Affairs Council of Associated Student Government have organized the talk, which will be followed by a question and answer session and reception.

• Newly interested blood donors can contribute at regularly scheduled faculty/staff blood drives throughout the semester, when any member of the university community can make an appointment to give blood.(9/18/01)

• "Terrorism--As Enemy, For a Cause or Ideology, As Policy" was the third forum on the concerns and implications of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Wednesday, October 3, at the Campus Ministry Center, 16 S. Campus Ave. in Oxford.

Presenters included Dr. Adeed Dawisha (professor of political science), Dr. Robert Thurston (professor of history) and Richard Momeyer (University Honors Program and professor of philosophy), who examined the history and modern forms of terrorism and the conditions that give rise to it.

The forums are sponsored by the Oxford Citizens for Peace & Justice and are free and open to the public. Call 523-4848 for more information.

• Miami's Office of Alumni Relations is seeking information on alumni who experienced the Sept. 11 attacks.

News of deaths as well as accounts of survival are available. Go to the Alumni/Friends News Updates.

(9/17/01)

• Miami's Student Counseling Service has posted information on its Web site on responding to traumas.

Counseling also is available (9/18/01).

• The concert for Miami's annual Parents' Weekend this year is a performance to benefit the American Red Cross. Jazz drumming legend Harold Jones will join the Miami University Jazz Ensemble for the special concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in Millett Hall.

• Miami's political science department held its third Thursday evening forum since the terrorist attacks Sept. 27 in 111 Harrison. The forum, titled "The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend--Building a Coalition Against Bin Laden," was open to the community.

• Some students waited up to three hours Sept. 17 to give blood at a drive sponsored by the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council at Shriver Center. Donors are reminded that the need is ongoing.

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