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September 11, 2001

CONTACT: Kevin Boatright
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University of Wisconsin System Institutions Remain Open

MADISON -- All University of Wisconsin System institutions remain open today and classes are being held as scheduled. According to UW System President Katharine Lyall, there is no reason to believe that faculty, staff and students at the 26 campuses in the state are in any danger whatsoever, following today's apparent terrorist attacks in New York and Virginia.

"We have been briefed by security staff on what happened this morning," said Lyall, who was with her senior staff this morning in Madison at a previously scheduled meeting. "While the State Capitol is closed to the public and the Wisconsin National Guard is on high-alert status, these are precautionary measures only. I think it's prudent that we exercise great care, but there are no indications of a threat to any university campus."

Added Lyall, " I urge everyone in the UW System to remain calm in the aftermath of today's events. This is a terrible and tragic day for our country. My heart goes out to the victims of these attacks and their families. Our chancellors and their staffs are offering assistance to any UW System students, faculty and staff who are affected by what has happened."