We often talk about the college experience as though it were something protected from the real world, leaving us to assume that only personal discovery, learning, and relationship-building occur during these important years. The difficult truth, however, is that life and all of its inevitable pleasures, accomplishments, confusions, and even tragedies are fundamental parts of your college experience. As a student at the University of Oregon, it is possible you will encounter serious illness, violence, death, or natural disaster during your time here. Although we hope your time here will be unscarred by tragedy, when they do occur these events are some of the most challenging we face in life and can greatly diminish both academic success and personal well-being.
You need not face tragedy alone. There are important resources available to you.
Resources & Support Following Tragedies
If you witness a tragedy, or believe you may be the first to discover a tragedy has taken place, please contact UOPD at 541-346-2919 for non-emergency matters or 9-1-1 for emergencies.
The Office of the Dean of Students offers a variety of resources, programming, and supports to UO students. This office is also able to provide and coordinate support following student deaths or tragedies affecting the campus community. Whether you are a student, faculty/staff, or family, if you or a student close to you have experienced such a tragedy, the Dean of Students' office is a good place to start. Please call the Dean of Students’ Office at 541-346-3216 to discuss how the university can help.
Tragedies take a powerful toll on our mental health and test our coping to the limits. Therapy can help to reduce the effects of traumatic stress and provide ongoing support through the many challenges that follow tragedy. The Counseling Center at the UCTC provides confidential individual and group therapy services to UO students. We may also be able to provide group crisis debriefings, classroom presentations, and workshops to help students process and cope with the effects of tragedies. Students, faculty/staff, and family can call the Counseling Center at 541-346-3227 for a consultation to discuss how we can help.
Please note: the UCTC provides confidential psychological services to students, consistent with the parameters of state and federal laws. While many faculty, staff, and family consultations about students may be kept confidential, there are times when University policy or state/federal statutes require UCTC staff to disclose information to other university officials.
Faculty and staff may also benefit from reviewing recommendations for dealing with the aftermath of tragedy in classrooms.