On an off-campus partners have rallied together to support wellness and recovery efforts at Grambling State University (GSU) following shooting incidents that occurred Oct. 13 and 17.
In addition to the GSU Counseling Center, assistance is being provided by counselors from the University of Louisiana System and Reframing for Life, LLC. The GSU Student Center will continue providing counseling sessions in small groups, virtually, and one-on-one meetings for students, faculty, and staff. Campus Living and Housing are also continuing to conduct daily Wellness Room Checks. I.D checks will continue at campus entry points to restrict non-student access to campus.
Classes were also canceled for Monday, Oct. 18, and Tuesday, Oct. 19. GSU administrators met with student leaders to determine the implementation of a campus-wide curfew that will be in effect from 9:30 p.m. through 6 a.m. until further notice.
McCall Dining Center revised its hours of operation to 6 a.m. through 9:30 p.m. daily and retail locations will remain open during their regular hours.
The “Stronger Together” initiative created by GSU student leaders has been embraced by the campus community and serves as the unifying theme for all engagements and outreach activities.
GSU President Rick Gallot said university officials are focused on providing support to students on campus and employees to create a safe space to dedicate to mental wellness. Activities include a breakfast dialogue with the
Office of Campus Living and Housing at several residence halls, a mental health discussion via Zoom and listening sessions hosted by the Office of Student Affairs.
One of the things Gallot has committed to doing is dedicating October 17-23 to fasting and prayer. A daily zoom call at noon with students, faculty, and staff has been established as another way to connect daily to join in prayer to heal the campus and the community.
Gallot said he is dedicated to continual improvement at Grambling State University and doing everything possible to foster the safe, supportive environment the campus deserves.
“I start each day with the understanding that our students come here for an education and far too often it’s outsiders who have created these situations that have put life and limb in danger,” he said. “That’s not why we’re here. That’s not what we’re about after 120 years, and so again, our priority is keeping our students safe.”
Both incidents are under investigation by Louisiana State Police (LSP). Any information regarding them should be sent to LSP at (318) 345-0000 or GSUPD (318) 274-2222.