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A moment of silence.

The University invites you to join in a statewide moment of silence at 2:50 p.m. today in honor of the marathon bombing victims and their families.


The Moment of Silence comes exactly one week after the tragedy and was organized by Gov. Deval L. Patrick, Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and One Fund Boston. It will be followed by the ringing of bells throughout Boston and the commonwealth.


Dear Members of the Suffolk University Community,

As you know, for the safety of all and in accordance with law enforcement instructions, the University is closed today. All members of the campus community were alerted this morning through our notification system.

Police are searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing after a deadly confrontation last night. MBTA service throughout Greater Boston was shut down this morning. The City of Boston has asked residents to stay indoors and away from windows. And officials have advised residents in Watertown, Newton, Waltham, Belmont, Cambridge and Brookline to do the same. Additional information is available from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

We will remain in close communication with the Suffolk community and update you as information becomes available. We ask that you be attentive to news developments and monitor today’s online Emergency Alert for campus updates.

Employees whose duties include health, safety or other critical operations will ensure that those functions can continue.

Members of the Suffolk University community continue to stand together in support of one another and in support of the city of Boston.


James McCarthy, President 

A moment of silence.

Dear Students and Colleagues,


The University will observe a moment of silence at 2:50 p.m. today in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the horrible tragedy in Boston yesterday and in support of all those affected.


If you are in class, I encourage you to pause at that time. Others may want to gather in small groups as we continue to support each other.


Plans are being developed for a remembrance for the victims at 10 a.m. this Thursday, April 18, in the C. Walsh Theatre, and we will provide more details as they become available.


The Counseling Center will continue to offer support to those in need. For law students, the Counseling Center will offer a support group at 5:30 p.m. this evening. The session will take place in the faculty meeting room located within the dean’s suite on the 4th floor of the Law School. 


There has been an outpouring of concern and support from and among members of the University community as we come to terms with this terrible event. We will continue to be there for one another both in our day-to-day interactions and through planned campus events.




James McCarthy, President

A message from Suffolk University President James McCarthy.

Dear Students and Colleagues,

My thoughts, and the thoughts of the entire Suffolk University community, are at this moment with the victims of today’s tragedy in Boston and their families and loved ones.

As you know, two explosions occurred this afternoon near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in the Copley Square area. We have not received any reports of injuries to Suffolk students or employees. However, we remain concerned for the welfare of our entire community. We ask students who have not already done so to reach out to their families and let them know you are OK.

Suffolk University has already come together to make sure we are offering support to those in need at this time. As we all return to campus tomorrow, the Counseling Center will supplement its usual services with a support group for students affected by this tragedy. Additional information about counseling services available to both students and employees may be found online in the Emergency Alert. After regular business hours, students may contact the Counseling Center at 617-573-8226.

Boston is our home, and today we stand together in the face of this tragedy and pledge to support one another in the days to come. 


James McCarthy, President

"Operation Paper Cut"

The Suffolk University community is taking steps to reduce its carbon footprint and its paper consumption with the adoption of “Operation Paper Cut.”  Similar to its peer institutions, Suffolk will provide a printing allotment of 500 pages per semester to each student enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Sawyer Business School.  Students will be allowed to roll over any unused amounts from their print allotment from the fall semester to the spring semester. 

The Law School has already begun this process and has installed Paper Cut™ software in its computer lab(s) and is monitoring usage.   Law students are made aware of excessive use and are required to reduce their printing.  Due to the discontinued printing support of Westlaw and Lexis (essential legal research databases for the profession) beginning June 30, 2013, all Law School printing will be monitored for one year before an appropriate printing allotment is set in place. 

It’s important to note that “Operation Paper Cut” will be rolled out in a test environment during Summer Session and is scheduled for full implementation for Fall Semester 2013.  This project is being coordinated by a diverse committee of Suffolk administrators and students.  The rollout of the program will be coupled with information on best printing practices that will enable each student to print in a sustainable manner.

I invite you to become familiar with “Operation Paper Cut” and I hope you will become an ambassador for it and for the important step forward it represents.  Every sustainable step we take today makes every ordinary step we take tomorrow easier.  Every small choice we make today makes it less likely that we will have to make drastic choices later.  Please watch for additional information from the committee as we roll out this green initiative.  

Thank you for supporting this critical initiative.



Michael J. Bell, Ph.D.

Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Alternative Spring Break has 144 Suffolk students spending their week off working on service projects in cities across the United States.

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