An important message from President Wilson

Dear members of the campus community,

The tragic and senseless death of Tiane Brown this week has shaken us all, and united us in our sympathy for Tiane and her family and friends. She was the embodiment of all that we hope for in our students - bright, energetic, accomplished and generous.

Tiane will be sorely missed, but we as a campus community can celebrate her life and honor her legacy, first, by striving to emulate her many good qualities. In addition, the Board of Governors and I have established a fund in Tiane's name to help her family through this difficult time. If you'd like to contribute to the fund, please call the Wayne State Fund Office at 313-577-2263 or 577-2275, or visit and click on the "Make a Gift" icon. We also hope to honor Tiane by awarding her law degree posthumously in May, and by offering her children the opportunity to attend Wayne State for free when they are ready to attend college.

This is a sad time, but also a time to remind ourselves of the importance of safety. Wayne State is one of the safest campuses in Michigan, with a highly trained, professional police department that works in coordination with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, and is supported by the latest approaches and technology.

While there is no evidence that this week's unfortunate incident is connected to our campus, we can never become complacent, and must always remain willing to assess our overall preparedness. For this reason, I have requested a thorough review of our campus safety, which I will share with our Board of Governors upon completion. Also, this is a time to remind ourselves that it is always good to be aware of our surroundings, and take advantage of the many services, information and contacts that are available for us.

First, as I noted in a campus message at the beginning of the semester, if you have any concerns about safety, call the Wayne State Police immediately at 313-577-2222. Most people feel very safe walking around our campus. However, even if you do not feel threatened, you should still exercise caution, and consider taking advantage of our Safe Walk program, particularly if you are alone after dark. Call 313-577-2222, and officers will either monitor you on camera until you reach your car or your campus destination, or escort you personally.

Second, we've centralized a lot of our safety information and resources at It contains tips on preparedness, emergency procedures, crime statistics, university contacts and more. It also urges you to sign up for emergency text and email alerts. Please do so.

For those of you who may be experiencing grief or stress and feel you may need assistance, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). CAPS is part of Student Services and is dedicated to providing counseling and psychological services for Wayne State students. CAPS can be reached at 313-577-3398.

Finally, please be assured that the safety of the entire campus community is our number one priority, and we will continue to share information to help you stay safe.

Thank you for your compassionate responses during this difficult week.

M. Roy Wilson


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