On behalf of the University of Wollongong community, I offer sympathy and condolences to the loved ones of those killed or injured in the tragic attacks on churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, 21 April 2019.

These senseless acts have occurred just weeks after our community responded to religious terror attacks on Mosques in Christchurch, NZ.

As a global institution that welcomes students and staff from diverse nationalities, cultures and faiths from around the world, UOW condemns all acts of terrorism and religious extremist violence.

The number of Sri Lankan students studying at our Australian and international campuses has more than doubled in the last four years and Southern Asian nations are increasingly represented among our international student community.

UOW is committed to providing all students and staff with a safe, tolerant and secure learning and working environment marked by values of cultural diversity, intellectual openness and mutual respect.

If these disturbing events have caused any students distress, please let them know support services are available, including free and confidential counselling. They can also contact the Student Support Advisor in their faculty, or the Counselling Service on their campus.

Staff who may be experiencing distress are encouraged to visit the Employee Assistance Program website.