Statement Regarding Events at the U.S. Capitol
Dear members of the Duquesne University community,
A short time ago, we hosted a University-wide program at Duquesne on the vital importance of civil discourse, even in the most contentious political environments. Yesterday's events in Washington reflected the antithesis of that civility. Indeed, they were a threat to our very system of the rule of law. Fortunately, members of the Congress returned to their chamber last night and, in spite of the threat of disruption by a mob, persevered and completed the constitutional duties they swore to undertake: certifying a new President and Vice President of the United States.
In the days and weeks ahead, I urge you to redouble your efforts to display compassion, respect and good citizenship-qualities that have always defined our community at Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit. Difficult times like these demand that we remain steadfast in our efforts to care for one another, our fellow human beings, and our cherished form of American democracy.
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim.
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