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3/25/2012 - Jackson, Miss.

“The unfulfilled promise of a young person’s life cut short is always heartbreaking. We were reminded of this last night with the deaths of a Jackson State University student and a Mississippi State University student. These are both senseless tragedies and our sympathies go out to each of their families. Despite these tragic occurrences, our university campuses are very safe, with many precautions taken and systems in place to protect students. Mississippi State University’s extensive crisis planning was evident in their swift action and communication to students and the university community through the Maroon Alert system. Both Jackson State University and Mississippi State University have counseling centers and other resources available to students to help them. University officials continue to work with law enforcement officials to solve the crimes.”

--Dr. Hank M. Bounds
Commissioner of Higher Education

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The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.

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