The following message was sent to the Barnard community on April 12, 2019:

Dear Barnard Community,

Barnard College is committed to the safety and security of our students, faculty, staff, and guests. Over the past few months, we have engaged students, faculty, and staff in conversations about how best to achieve these goals.

As many of you are aware, there was an unfortunate incident last night in the Milstein Center that has raised concerns about our safety and security policies and how they are enforced. I have spoken to Roger Mosier, our Vice President for Campus Services, about last night's events. We deeply regret that this incident occurred, and we are undertaking a thorough review of our public safety officers’ actions, and will address our processes and procedures and how they are applied.

Incidents like the one last night highlight the need for us to continue our campus-wide conversations around public safety and to ensure that our policies are clear and are consistent with our values. We appreciate that students have raised such concerns and helped to spark an important dialogue and self-reflection.

We are aware that more work needs to be done to ensure that our entire community feels welcome, safe, and protected. We are dedicated to doing this work in concert with all of you.

We are interested in hearing your views and have established an email address for this specific purpose. Please send any concerns you want to express to

There will be a listening session tonight at 5:00 PM in the James Room with representatives from Public Safety, the Deans of the College, Furman Counseling, and the Office of Equity. Your input is important as we all work to make Barnard a place where different viewpoints and lived experiences come together in an environment free of fear and hate.

Sian Leah Beilock