Communications

Communications sent to the campus from the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students will be posted to this page.

Tragic Loss in Our UConn Community

Dear Students,

Over the course of the last several hours, our community has learned about a tragic incident on the Storrs campus. UConn student Tianyin Shang was discovered yesterday in the area of Mirror Lake by UConn Police. Her condition was grave and despite every effort to revive her, she did not survive and was pronounced dead at Windham Hospital on Monday afternoon.

A loss in our community like this is impossible to comprehend. Last night, my colleagues and I spent time with her friends and we will continue to reach out to those who knew Tianyin best.  I have learned that Tianyin, or Skyine as she was known to her friends, was proud of her Chinese heritage, excelled in math, was a friend to many in her residential community, and a rising star on the UConn Western Equestrian Team.

She is deeply missed, and many are struggling to understand her death. During the course of the next few days, we will remember, we will grieve and we will seek to cherish her contributions to our lives. The University has been in contact with her family and will provide all our support during this difficult time.

Her loss touches all of us in different ways.  Our grief for Tianyin’s loss – no matter how well we knew her -- will impact us in a myriad of ways.  Please know that the University is here for you:

  • Student Health and Wellness – Mental Health:  Mental Health Services is available to provide support to the Storrs student community at this time of loss.  Mental Health Services is located on the 4th floor of Arjona and their website lists information regarding their hours of service. Additionally on their website, you will find information on managing grief and loss.
  • On Call: A Counselor-on-Call and crisis information is available to you, all day, every day.  The Counselor on Call is available after hours by calling 860-486-4705.
  • Residential Life: The Residential Life staff team are available 24/7 to support members of the University residential population in need of support.  They can be contacted at 860-486-2926, or through the Resident Assistants on duty.
  • Dean of Students: The Dean of Students Office located on the 2nd floor of Wilbur Cross is available to assist students struggling with the loss of their classmate. You may make an appointment by calling 860-486-3426 or stop in to meet with a staff member during business hours, Monday – Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm. Staff in the Dean of Students Office are available to help you connect with support services as needed.
  • Student Care Team: If you are concerned about the well-being of a community member, call 911.  If it is not an emergency please complete a referral for the Student Care team.

Please take time to care for yourself and your fellow students during this difficult time. As a community we will support one another. I am continually touched by the students, faculty, staff, and organizations, like Active Minds, that seek to support each other.  I am grateful to be among such a community of compassionate Huskies.  Please, ask for help.  We’re here.

Yours,

Eleanor JB Daugherty
Associate Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students

Spring 2020 Winter Welcome

Dear Students,

Happy New Year! We look forward to your return to campus.

As you pack, make sure your cold weather attire includes lined coats, mittens, hats, extra blankets and waterproof boots.  For those of you with cars, emergency supplies such as a flashlight, batteries, ice scraper and traction sand are important.  Water and non-perishable food will also be important to keep available for when you cannot easily leave your residence. If you are not feeling well or need a flu vaccine, please contact Student Health and Wellness.

When there are severe weather conditions, keep in mind that the campus is an enormous physical plant and our resources are prioritized when clearing snow.  Your safety is our top concern and we encourage you to monitor emergency messages on our campus Alert site at alert.uconn.edu and the Winter Storm Guide.   Please also be mindful of campus policies if you need to miss a class.  For those who rely on public transportation to get to and from campus, please stay aware of any transportation changes.

Facilities Operations is a department focused on keeping our buildings and grounds clear and safe during severe weather.  This department is available 24/7 to respond to emergencies and has a downloadable mobile app for requesting on campus work orders.  The workers you have come to know inside the buildings help with storm related issues outside.  Please be cognizant of them operating equipment, and recognize certain service levels may not be reached during inclement weather.

During severe weather, the clearing of snow is prioritized to focus immediately on:

  • Access for emergency vehicles (fire, police, and EMT)
  • Student access to critical areas like Student Health and Wellness and the Dining Halls
  • Emergency building repairs

Once the above priorities have been satisfied, Facilities Operations and Building Services will then work to clear roads and enable access for:

  • Transportation (i.e. UConn buses)
  • Access to academic buildings for classes
  • Waste Management
  • Parking Lots

We share this with you to stress that your health and safety are the University’s top priority.  It also means that some campus comforts may be delayed while we focus on making sure we provide for emergency services on campus.  During those times, it is important to stay safe, limit your activity outside, and follow the direction of University staff.  Any unsafe conditions on the UConn grounds should be reported to Facilities Operations and Building Services using the mobile app found on the MyUConn app or by calling 860-486-3113.

UConn is prepared to offer minimal disruption to classes and the functioning of the University.  It takes scores of individuals to keep the campus accessible and safe, and I know you will join me in appreciating their dedication to UConn students, staff and faculty.

Best,

Eleanor JB Daugherty

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Michael Jednak

Associate Vice President for Facilities Operations and Building Services

P.S.  Membership in the Dean of Students Advisory Group remains open to the student body.  The next meeting is February 11.  If you are interested in joining, please email Cathy Downs at catherine.downs@uconn.edu. All are welcome!