A Message to Our College Community Following the Campus Tragedy

Dear College of Arts & Letters Students, Staff, and Faculty, 

Please join me first in pausing here to bring attention to your breath, so we can gather energy, care, and strength to send to the victims, their families, and everyone who is suffering in the wake of the devastating shooting that took place on our campus yesterday evening. Our hearts are broken.  

All classes, in-person and remote, are canceled for the rest of the week. We will be on modified campus operations today (2/14) and tomorrow (2/15). This means faculty and staff deemed non-critical may use their professional judgment in deciding to engage in any workplace activities, so long as they do not interfere with emergency operations. We will resume university operations on Thursday (2/16), although there will be no classes until Monday (2/20).  

Counseling Resources  

Starting today, MSU Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) is offering crisis counseling, virtual listening spaces, and 24/7 virtual crisis support for those experiencing trauma or who need mental health support.  

Resources for College Arts & Letters Students 

College of Arts & Letters students are encouraged to reach out to Dr. Jonathan Ritz, Director of Student Wellness and a licensed counselor, for support and assistance getting connected to campus services. Dr. Ritz can be reached at ritz@msu.edu.  

Resources for Faculty and Staff 

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has counseling services and programming available for staff and faculty throughout the week and beyond. You may visit eap.msu.edu to make an appointment or view their support services. 

In addition, the #iteachmsu commons at Michigan State University offers faculty resources for teaching and learning during and after tragedies. Please refer to their materials and website at iteach.msu.edu.  

As we continue to navigate this difficult period, I am grateful for the resilience and care each one of you brings to the MSU community. 

With grief and sorrow, 

Black signature of Dean Christopher P. Long

Christopher P. Long
Dean, College of Arts & Letters
Dean, Honors College