On Thursday, April 7, we learned the identity of the victim of this week’s tragic homicide on campus and more about the crime itself. From all accounts, Haruka Weiser had embraced the Longhorn spirit and our campus was better for her presence. As the parent of two daughters myself, I am heartsick for Haruka’s family and as the Dean of our School of Nursing, I share in the confusion, pain, shock and sadness of you all.
As President Fenves wrote earlier today, “the unthinkable brutality against Haruka is an attack on our entire family.” Perhaps you have noticed the increased patrols by law enforcement. I suspect that you will see and feel that increased security presence for some time to come.
Because of our location on campus, it has always been critical that those of us studying and working at 1710 Red River stay aware of our surroundings. I want you to feel safe and supported. I have asked members of our leadership team to provide you with additional safety tips and information on security measures for our School – both in place and in progress. Students – expect an email message from our Student Services department and take to heart the suggestions and resources that are offered.
Remember that help and support are available to you as we all work through this tragedy together.
- For students, The Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC) has extended its hours to 7 p.m. until Friday, April 15, and will also host a support group 5–6 p.m. each of those days. CMHC will be open Saturday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Students can walk in during this time without an appointment. You can also call the CMHC Crisis Line 24 hours a day at 512-471-2255.
- For faculty and staff who may need support, the Employee Assistance Program offers counseling and consultation services for you. You can contact the program at (512) 471-3366.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Haruka’s family and the entire University community.
Dean Alexa Stuifbergen