The following statement was issued by Fairfield University President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J.,in response to Friday's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown:

"The entire Fairfield University community shares the enormous grief that is being felt by those affected by the tragedy that took place this morning in Newtown. We have students, faculty, staff and alumni who live in the area and our thoughts and prayers go out to them and the entire community impacted by this devastating event.

"Although we currently don't have students working at Sandy Hook, we have worked closely with the school in past years, placing graduate students for clinical field experiences there.

"Members of the Fairfield University staff are assisting the Sandy Hook school community in grief counseling efforts, as well as providing support to any members of the Fairfield University community who may have connections with those involved."