University responses to events in Boston

Along with the nation, the University of Chicago mourns the injury and loss of life in Boston this week, at the Boston Marathon bombings and in the violence that followed. We share in the gratitude for the work of first responders and police, and our hearts go out to all connected to these troubling events. Below we have collected some of the ways in which the University has showed its solidarity and sympathy for those affected, and extended resources to our own community.

April 19 letter from President Robert J. Zimmer to L. Rafael Reif, President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology:

Dear Rafael,

I am writing to express my condolences to you and the larger MIT community for the loss that you have suffered. The police officers on our campuses are there for us night and day with a mission to serve and protect. Last night Officer Sean Collier lost his life in the line of duty, and we mourn for him along with you. Please express my condolences, both personal and on behalf of the University of Chicago, to his family and those closest to him.

Please know that the University of Chicago community stands beside you during this time of sorrow. Do not hesitate to let me know if there is anything that we can do to be of assistance.

Yours sincerely,

Robert J. Zimmer

April 16 message to University of Chicago campus community:

We are deeply saddened by the deaths and injuries resulting from explosions Monday at the Boston Marathon. Our thoughts and prayers are with the individuals, families, and communities affected by this terrible tragedy. During this difficult time, Campus and Student Life is providing opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to receive support and to grieve.

Student Counseling Services is available to all students and also available for staff/faculty support. SCS is located at 5737 S. University Avenue and can be reached at 773-702-9800. 

Drop in hours:   Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (at 5737 S. University Avenue)

After hours:       Monday through Friday, 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 a.m. and 24 hours/day on weekends 
                          Please call 773-702-3625

Rockefeller Chapel will be open throughout the day on Tuesday for individual prayer and remembrance.

At 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, the University community is invited to the Chapel for moment of silence, followed by readings and prayers from different spiritual traditions, to stand with those who have died, those who are injured, and all who grieve. 

On Saturday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m., Motet Choir and the Rockefeller Chapel Choir and Orchestra will perform Mozart’s Requiem at Rockefeller Chapel, along with other unfinished fragments of music of mourning. Although originally intended as a memorial for those who have died on the streets of Chicago in acts of violence, the Requiem will also now be dedicated to those who lost their lives in Boston and to all who are suffering following these tragic events.