Virginia Tech President Charles Steger released a statement to university employees Tuesday addressing the discovery of Seung-Hui Cho's records at the home of former Cook Counseling Center director Robert Miller.
Steger said he wanted to "answer some questions about the discovery of the records and our ongoing efforts to make them public."
The statement obtained by the Collegiate Times focused on making the records public.
"We strongly believe it is everyone's best interest that the records be fully disclosed, and we have communicated this directly to the attorney for Cho's estate, Bernard DiMuro. We hope that sunshine into these records can illuminate some missing and important information about Cho in the fall of 2005," the statement said.
Cho's estate must approve of the records being made public.
The statement said Steger was disappointed with Miller.
"It goes without saying that we were greatly disappointed to learn that, over the last three years, the records were discovered to be in the possession of the former director of the counseling center, Dr. Robert Miller," the statement said. "That Dr. Miller immediately returned the records to the University is to his credit. But that he had them at all is troubling. Dr. Miller's removal of these records was unauthorized and is in opposition to standard university policy and operating procedures."
Steger also attempted to provide a time line for the discovery of the documents.
"The university became aware of the discovery of Cho's records on Thursday, July 16, after Dr. Miller's attorney informed the Virginia Attorney General's office," the statement said. "Dr. Miller returned the records to Cook Counseling Center on Thursday afternoon. I was out of the office, but I was informed on Thursday about the discovery."
The statement continued to explain that Miller's lawyer was unavailable on the following Friday, so the "legally correct course of action" was not determined until Monday, July 19.
The former director of Cook Counseling center who found Seung-Hui Cho's mental health records in his home has released a statement that says he did not intentionally take the documents from the center.
The statement, made through attorney Ed McNelis, said Miller inadvertently removed the records of Cho and several other students when he left his post as director.
It said "Dr. Miller inadvertently placed documents regarding Mr. Cho in a box he packed with his personal documents during the time he was leaving the Center."
The box was first opened, according to the statement, days ago in search of documents that may relate to the civil suit filed by the families of April 16 victims Julia Pryde and Erin Peterson. The statement said "Dr. Miller was very surprised to find that he had documents regarding Mr. Cho."
Miller is named as a defendant.
"Dr. Miller deeply regrets that his inadvertence has caused so much distress for the families of the victims as well as his former colleagues at Virginia Tech," the statement said.
Robert Hall, a lawyer representing the Pryde and Peterson families, said Miller had not been contacted for an interview or any information.
The statement said Miller's "candor and diligence" in returning the documents showed he had no ill intent.
Miller is currently employed by Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The school's Web site now says Miller is on "administrative leave."
Gov. Tim Kaine sent e-mails today to families of April 16 victims announcing that Seung-Hui Cho's medical records have been found. In the past, Virginia Tech told families the records from Cook Counseling Center were lost.
Related: Memo to civil suit lawyers
Gov. Tim Kaine sent e-mails Wednesday to families of April 16 victims announcing that Seung-Hui Cho's medical records have been found. In the past, Virginia Tech told families the records from Cook Counseling Center were lost.
The records were found in the midst of the civil suit against Tech and the Commonwealth of Virginia filed by the families of Julia Pryde and Erin Peterson, who were killed along with 30 others on the Tech campus in Cho's April 16, 2007 shootings.
According to a memo sent from Tech legal counsel Mary Beth Nash to a lawyer in the civil case, former Cook Counseling Center Director Robert C. Miller located the file at his house and returned it to the center Thursday.