Resources for Students Following the November 19 Shuttle Accident
We are deeply saddened by the tragic accident involving the Brandeis shuttle on November 19. We know that our community is shocked and trying to process this senseless loss even as we seek to support those injured. There are a variety of supports and resources available to the campus community. Brandeis staff are here for our students. Please take good care of yourself and access the support you need.
The Brandeis Counseling Center can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 781-736-3730 and is available to assist students at any time regardless of your location.
Other Ongoing Help
The Dean of Students Office, the Office of Graduate Student Affairs, and the Center for Spiritual Life continue to be open for students.
Care and Comfort Opportunities
The Community Care and Comfort website features information on programming and events, like the therapy dogs and other opportunities to take calming breaks.
We know that this is a busy time of the semester and that instructors and students alike were already stressed by the term's end. In addition to the canceling of classes on Monday, November 21 and Tuesday, November 22, all assignments and class activities were postponed until after the Thanksgiving break. Any work due during the week of November 21 had an extension until the next class after break.
For academic support, you are encouraged to connect with your faculty, Academic Advising, and/or Student Accessibility Support after break to consult about plans for your assignments and courses.
We are suspending the Boston-Cambridge Shuttle for the remainder of the semester while we investigate alternatives for this route. We regret any inconvenience this may cause. The Undergraduate Transportation Fund may be a helpful resource for those students who were using the shuttle for travel related to internships, interviews, jobs, or academic purposes. For now, we are continuing our other shuttle services around campus. Vehicles on those routes are equipped with seatbelts. As President Liebowitz mentioned, we are reviewing our transportation offerings and will provide more information as we are able. For ongoing updates on shuttle services, please visit the Campus Shuttle and Van Routes webpage.
Any student facing financial hardship related to the accident may apply for emergency funds; community members who would like to provide financial support to students are encouraged to donate to the fund.
Are you concerned about a fellow student?
A tragedy of this magnitude affects everyone in different ways, at different times. As always, if you have concerns about the well-being of a fellow student, you may submit a care report at any time. Key student-facing professionals from diverse departments review care reports, and coordinate the resources of the university to provide students with holistic support.