UMass Dartmouth forms task force in the wake of Boston Marathon bombing

Pine Dale Hall at UMass Dartmouth, where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was living at the time of the Boston Marathon bombing. PHOTO: UMass.edu.
Pine Dale Hall at UMass Dartmouth, where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was living at the time of the Boston Marathon bombing. PHOTO: UMass.edu.

The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth announced today it has formed a task force to conduct a wide-ranging review of its policies and procedures in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon attack.

One of the two terror suspects, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was enrolled as a student at UMass Dartmouth at the time of the April 15 attack. He was also living in one of the school’s on-campus dormitories.

The three-person panel will examine policies and procedures related to public safety, according to a spokeswoman.

“The terrible events of April 15 will linger and leave sorrow in the hearts of Americans for a long time,” said UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Divinia Grossman. “Our campus – like everyone – mourns for those killed and injured, while remaining strong and resilient in support of the great City of Boston and this entire Commonwealth… We need to know what we did well and where we can improve so that our university and others across the nation can learn lessons from our experience.”

According to a spokeswoman, the independent panel is charged with reviewing:

  • Emergency planning related to public safety and business continuity.
  • Academic and financial policies and procedures related to maintaining “student in good standing” status.
  • Policies and procedures related to the recruitment and support of international students.

Chancellor Grossman has asked that the task force complete its report by August 15.

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