Campus Trauma: Untimely Death or Serious Injury
Information about an untimely death or serious injury in our community is provided to the College community by an e-mail message from the President or a member of the President’s Staff. In some circumstances, the message may also be delivered by telephone and messaging systems using AlertFind communications.
Needed decisions are made by the President, in consultation with members of President’s Staff, the Chaplain, the Medical Director, Director of Public Safety, and area hospital, with input from others as appropriate.
When a death or serious injury occurs, the College Medical Director or an area hospital involved may contact the family first. The Dean of the College, Dean of the Faculty, Director of Human Resources or other official will then contact the family. Please note that it is important that the first communication to the family of a victim must be done sensitively and appropriately by a medical official or by an appropriate College official. Your support, as important as it may be, will come later.
The Dean of the College, Commons Heads and Deans, Chaplain, Dean of the Faculty, or Director of Human Resources will work with, and offer support to, families and others who are affected.
The Vice President for Communications and/or Director of Public Affairs communicate with external media when that is appropriate. In some instances, the College Medical Director may assist in the communication.
Here is some information about trauma support: