An Email from the Dean
Friday 14th December 2018
In light of the tragic passing of Tom Cathton earlier this month, the university would like to take this opportunity to reach out to all our students and offer a hand in these troubling times. Tom’s passing has deeply affected us all. He was a wonderfully gifted young man, commended for his hard-working nature by all those who knew him, one of our brightest students in his time with the Engineering department. Tom had a long career ahead of him and, we believe, would have made an exemplary alumni for the university.
On behalf of our student mental health initiative and in light of Tom’s passing, we would like to share some important advice.
First and foremost, we would like to stress that these recent suicides reflect particularly badly on the university. Each and every one of you, at whatever level of involvement it may be, are representatives of the university. Thus, we kindly ask those with suicidal impulses to refrain from acting on them, at least until the term is over. Student councilling is available in the meantime. Students are advised to sign up for an appointment through the department’s email. Students are also warned that the length of waiting times for such an appointment may vary. Your patience is appreciated.
We also have received several reports which students should take note of. Firstly, after the recent deaths there, it has been decided that students are forbidden from crossing the suspension bridge at night. Jumpers have been a real problem here especially – and our staff are having a difficult time retrieving bodies which have fallen from such heights. If you are inclined to act out on suicidal thoughts, please do not go out, but instead stay in your dorm.
Secondly, students are to take caution when walking across the park, not least late at night. While local defamatory news reports of stalkers in the park have almost certainly been exaggerated, there have still been some instances of students going missing. Anything suspicious – especially any strangers, offering lifts persay or being overly-friendly – should be reported to security. These cases constitute a minority of course that – I repeat – has been exaggerated by certain media outlets. We assure you that the park is otherwise entirely safe. Nevertheless, as a precaution, students should not walk back across the park late at night or without another person.
Finally, as the end of the first term fast approaches, so too should thoughts turn to pending exams. Let Tom’s death be a reminder to you all: to study hard and make the most of your time here at this university.
Thank you all and I wish you a happy last week of term before your Christmas holidays!
Vim Promovet Insitam.
Your University Dean,