Thank you to the University President, John McCardell, for making this statement: “We will solve this issue in a way that is not only exemplary, but permanent.” Kudos also to Jon Evans, my colleague in Biology and Assistant Provost for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, who first found the problem and took immediate action both in the field and in the administrative workings of the University. We are lucky to have leadership that understands the importance of Shakerag Hollow and that cares enough not only to remedy the present situation, but to look to the future and make permanent changes in University policy.
For the full text of the University’s initial statement, see here.
Regrettably, there is not word yet on whether we’ll maximize the educational potential of this debacle by making public the video and a full report. I’m sure more information will be forthcoming as the University takes its next steps.