The president of California State Channel Islands has confirmed that at least five of the school’s students were present at the Ventura bar where a gunman killed a dozen people last night.
Here is her statement:
Dear Campus Community:
It is with a profoundly heavy heart that I write this morning with regard to the tragic mass shooting that that occurred during College Night at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks last night. This senseless tragedy resulted in at least 12 deaths and far more physical and psychological trauma.
Our hearts are broken and we extend our deepest condolences to all of the victims, their families, friends and, indeed, our entire community. As we process this tragedy, I ask that we all come together and find solace in supporting one another as we seek hope and light from the depths of our sadness.
Vice President Yao and I were both on the scene this morning and University Police is working collaboratively with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office to assist and gain more information.
While details from the Ventura County Sherriff’s Office are still unfolding, we know that at least five CSUCI students were at the Borderline College Night. We have been in direct contact with each of them and each was able to make it back to campus safely.
If you have any information regarding a CI student who may have been present or impacted, please report that information immediately to the CARE Team so that we are able to provide support to any student in need.
I encourage any member of our campus community who is in need of support to seek assistance.
Our counselors are available through our Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) during open hours to see students. 24 hour psychological support is also available at 805-437-2088.
Counseling and support services are available to faculty and staff through the Employee Assistance Program.
Students may also require support outside of direct counseling (e.g., accommodations, notifications to faculty, withdrawals, questions, etc.). The Dean of Students office is available to assist in any of these matters at 805-437-8512.
We will continue to update the campus community as more information becomes available.
I invite you to join me so that we might find strength and unity during this heartbreaking time.
Erika D. Beck, Ph.D.