Statement from Michael Spitzer Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs University of Bridgeport

Cleopatra Andreadis

By Cleopatra Andreadis
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May 4, 2010 12:53pm

ABC News’ Sharaf Mowjood reports:

"The recent attempted car bombing incident in New York City has consumed a great deal of public attention. I am writing to share some information, we believe to be of marginal significance, in order to prevent misunderstanding through misinformation or rumor.

Faisal Shahzad, the person arrested in connection with the failed Times Square bomb plot, was a former student at the University of Bridgeport. He earned a BS degree in Computer Applications and Information Systems (CAIS) in the fall of 2000. He returned to UB and graduated with an MBA in the summer of 2005.

The university abhors acts of violence and terrorism. We work to combat racial and ethnic prejudices and animosity, and believe that education in an international context is the key to understanding the values and beliefs of people from other cultures.

We have informed relevant U.S. Government authorities of Mr. Shahzad’s prior enrollment at the university."

Shahzad has been arrested for allegedly driving a car bomb into Times Square on the evening of May 1, 201 and is set to appear in a Manhattan City Court tomorrow to be presented with formal charges.

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