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Message From Chancellor Block About Today’s Tragedy

Chancellor Block joins the campus community in mourning and provides information about available grief counseling for students, faculty and staff.

To the Campus Community,

Our hearts are heavy this evening as our campus family mourns the sudden and tragic deaths of two people on our campus earlier today. The thoughts and prayers of our entire UCLA family are with the victims’ families and the students, faculty and staff of UCLA Engineering.

Most of us have never experienced a day like today, and this incident has been enormously stressful for everyone. UCLA’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is available for any member of our community who wishes to speak to a trained counselor about their feelings about the incident. Phone counseling is available for students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 310-825-0768, or students may visit CAPS in person, on the second floor of John Wooden Center West.

Staff and faculty may seek services at the Staff and Faculty Counseling Center, at 10920 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 380, or by calling 310-794-0245.

The safety of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority, and UCLA emergency personnel train for emergency situations, always with the goal of protecting our campus community. All of us are deeply grateful to our UCLA Police Department, UCLA Fire Department and other emergency responders. Thank you for all you do to keep all of us safe.

Thanks also to the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Fire Department and the numerous other agencies who came to our assistance this morning.

Please check UCLA Newsroom for further updates as they become available.

Our UCLA family has indeed been shaken, but we will rely upon the strong bonds of our community and our faith in one another as we begin the process of healing.

Sincerely,

Gene D. Block
Chancellor

 

June 1, 2016

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