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Message from Chancellor Kent Syverud

Campus & Community

Dear members of the Orange community:

I write today as the world watches, with great concern, news reports from Ukraine with horrific images of airstrikes, bombings, gunfire and fleeing citizens. At the University Senate meeting on Wednesday, I shared that part of my role as Chancellor is to anticipate and prepare for events that will impact Syracuse University. With the invasion of the sovereign state of Ukraine by Russia, I fear that we are now facing a very significant moment which will have a ripple effect throughout our community.

These events are heartbreaking for all of us, but especially for members of our community who experience this conflict in a deeply personal way. Our university welcomes students, faculty, staff, and alumni from Ukraine as well as Russia. They have loved ones who could be in danger. Syracuse University also has many students, faculty, and staff who are active duty military or in the Guard or Reserves. They and their families could see their lives dramatically changed on short notice due to the response to this conflict. Economic sanctions and measures implemented and contemplated between nations could have a significant effect on our university and our people in an environment where supply chains and international travel are already strained.

Our student experience team has already contacted our students in the region directly to offer one-on-one support. Resources, services and supports are available to all students, as well as faculty and staff. And I have asked the University leadership and academic experts to help our community meet the potential challenges ahead.

On behalf of our university, I reached out to our graduate, Borys Gudziak ’80, H’18, Archbishop of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia, offering our support and concern. I assured him that our university joins all those who value world peace in condemning the invasion of Ukraine.

As always, our Orange community will come together to support those in need. For now, I ask all of us to extend grace and kindness to the students, faculty, and staff who are affected by these events.


Chancellor Kent Syverud