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Sad news about the death of an undergraduate

In a message to the campus community, Vice Provost for Student Affairs Susie Brubaker-Cole encourages community members to reach out for support.

Dear students, faculty and staff,

I am writing today to forward tragic news: the passing of an undergraduate in an on-campus residence. In honoring the family’s privacy, we cannot yet share the student’s identity nor can we share the cause of death. The police stated that there is no ongoing safety threat to those on campus.

As we engage with the family to understand how we can support them, we are reaching out to provide care to the student’s friends. We recognize the profound pain the broader community will feel about this news, and we want to encourage all of you to reach out for support should you need it.

  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers individual consults and can be reached at 650.723.3785.
  • The Office for Religious and Spiritual Life (ORSL) offers pastoral care and spiritual guidance and can be reached at 650.723.1762.
  • The Faculty Staff Help Center offers a variety of services including confidential counseling and can be reached at 650.723.4577.
  • Here are additional resources.

Let us be mindful of how we can actively support one another within our caring community as we receive this deeply sad news. We are all heartbroken about this immense tragedy. As more information becomes available, we will share it with you.


Susie Brubaker-Cole
Vice Provost for Student Affairs