Nov. 14, 2022

Dear UD Community,

Two disturbing incidents have shaken the higher education community in the United States today: a shooting at the University of Virginia and an apparent homicide at the University of Idaho. While both incidents appear to be isolated and unrelated to any larger threat aimed specifically at higher education institutions, these acts of violence are particularly troubling to all of us who learn, work or live on a college campus. I know that everyone here at the University of Delaware shares in the shock and grief felt by those affected by these tragedies, and our hearts go out to them and their communities.

These incidents, which have claimed the lives of three students in Virginia and four in Idaho, are sad reminders that we must remain vigilant and prepared. UD Police have a host of resources to help keep the UD campus community safe — including this video about active shooter situations — and I urge everyone to become familiar with them. More information about safety at UD is available via the LiveSafe app and on this page.

As those in the University of Virginia and University of Idaho communities come to grips with the full extent of these tragedies, I ask you to join me in keeping them in our thoughts in the days and months ahead.


Dennis Assanis

For those in need of support or assistance

For students: Students can connect with the Center for Counseling and Student Development at 302-831-2141. The UD Helpline is available at 302-831-1001 at any time, night or day, for students feeling anxious, overwhelmed, depressed or otherwise in need of counseling. In addition, staff members in the Office of the Dean of Students are available to assist any student who wishes to talk. Call 302-831-8939 to schedule an appointment.

For faculty and staff: Mental health support for UD benefited employees is provided from ComPsych® GuidanceResources®. The link gives steps on how to access services or call 1-877-527-4742 for support.

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