A Message From Dean Boise

Dear Members of the College of Law Community,

Five days into the crisis in the Middle East, it is becoming clearer just how deeply what has now become a tragic war will affect our community. Heartbreaking reports over the weekend of innocent civilians losing their lives in what were plainly acts of terror have shaken us all. Regardless of our religious beliefs or political views, we at the College of Law unequivocally condemn the atrocities committed by Hamas and denounce the taking of innocent lives in both Israel and Gaza. Regrettably, a swift resolution to this crisis seems unlikely, which has left many grappling with a deep sense of insecurity.

For those among us—including me—who have friends or family members affected—those who have been killed, gone missing, or whose lives hang in the balance—the instability hits even closer to home, and the despair runs even deeper.

This morning, I met with members of our Jewish Law Student Association to discuss their concerns and fears. The trauma for them has been deep and real, but I’m heartened to know that our students are reaching out across religious and political lines to support one another. I also appreciate the statement this morning that our international journals shared with their members expressing solidarity with those affected and urging a peaceful solution.

As legal professionals, counselors, and advocates, it is our solemn duty to engage in thoughtful exploration, understanding, and debate about matters of law, policy, justice, and human rights. Equally important is the respect we must show to those within our community who hold deeply rooted beliefs and who have personal connections at stake. We must engage in these conversations with sensitivity and compassion for all those around us.

I implore each of you to demonstrate leadership in engaging in community and uplifting one another. There is no place in this law school for hate. Please be considerate in your words and actions, both in person and online, as many within our community are suffering. I encourage you to extend your support to those in need and keep them in your thoughts for healing and resolution.

I’d like to again highlight the resources available within our community for those who may require assistance or wish to show solidarity:

  • Students will hold a vigil tonight on the Shaw Quadrangle. The event is co-sponsored by Syracuse Hillel and Chabad House Jewish Student Center.
  • Barnes Center at The Arch: Students can receive confidential counseling 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 315.443.8000.
  • Student Outreach and Support: Students can receive ongoing assistance by contacting the case management team Monday through Friday at 315.443.4357.
  • Carebridge: Faculty and staff can reach trained clinicians 24 hours a day by calling 800.437.0911.
  • Hendricks Chapel: All campus community members can access additional services and support by calling 315.443.2901 or visiting its website for chaplaincy information.

To the students who have reached out to me, thank you for your time, your insights, and your perspectives. Please know that my door and the doors of my colleagues in the Student Experience office are open to all students and student organizations.

I’m grateful to be part of this wonderfully diverse, strong, and dynamic community. Your collaboration is invaluable in ensuring that each of us feels valued, secure, and respected as we navigate the challenges that lie ahead.

Best regards,

Dean Craig M. Boise