Condemning Acts of Terror

A Message from Interim President Michael K. Smith

Dear Vermont State Community,

In the wake of an emotional week for our community, we grapple with the violence in Israel and Palestine. Hamas’s actions have brought tragedy and loss to both sides, including to innocent civilians, children, and U.S. citizens, resulting in thousands of casualties with more than 123,000 displaced. This number will continue to rise and broaden. We condemn these acts of violence and terror unequivocally.

During times like these, let’s look to one another to ensure that each of us has the support needed to navigate the distress of such events. And let’s make sure we don’t cause more harm when talking about these complicated situations with one another. These violent acts of terrorism were an act of Hamas and need to be condemned not only by us, but broadly. We also recognize that there are those in Palestine that reject these acts and are not associated with Hamas, and they are hurting, too.

In unequivocally rejecting terrorism, we will not tolerate any form of discrimination, including acts of antisemitism or Islamophobia. Vermont State University vehemently opposes harassment, bias, and hate targeting someone’s religion. Such behavior goes against our university culture, violates VSC policies, and is illegal. If you encounter or witness any discriminatory acts, please report them promptly so that appropriate action can be taken to

If you need support, please don’t hesitate to reach out to a friend or a member of our staff or faculty. Additionally, take advantage of the resources available to help you navigate these challenges.

  • Students:
    • Counseling Services: Stop by your campus Wellness Center or email
      • Randolph Campus: Conant Hall
      • Lyndon Campus: Rita Bole Complex
      • Johnson Campus: Martinetti Hall
      • Castleton Campus: Campus Center
  • Employees:
    • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Services: You can reach the EAP at 1.800.554.6931 or visit (Use employer ID: vsc for first registration). For additional information about the EAP, please go to the Employee Services tile on the VTSU portal.
  • All:
    • 24/7 Crisis Phone Line: Call 988 for anonymous conversations with trained counselors.
    • Crisis Text Line: Text VT to 741741 to connect anonymously with a Crisis Counselor. They respond within 5 minutes through a secure platform and work with you until you feel calm and have a positive plan for the next steps.
    • 24/7 Support and Service Connection: Vermont 211 Can be accessed online and by dialing 211. Can also be accessed via text (text your zip code to 898211) and email ( M-F 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Together, as a compassionate community, we can face these challenges, support one another, and strive to build a world that embraces diversity and understanding and respect for all.



Michael K. Smith
Interim President