The College of Letters & Science Deans express our deepest sorrow and grief for the loss of the lives of our students in the violent and tragic events of May 23, 2014, in Isla Vista. The deaths of Katherine Cooper (senior), James Hong (senior), Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez (junior), George Chen (junior), David Wang (junior), and Veronika Weiss (sophomore) are devastating for everyone in our community, and on behalf of the staff and faculty of the College of Letters & Science, we express our most solemn condolences to the families and friends of the victims.
To our students, parents of our students, and alumni: we join you in mourning their tragic loss.
Our first priority now is to support the students of the College of Letters & Science. Students and faculty have been contacted directly with guidance on handling academics as we approach the final weeks of our academic year.
You may be wondering how to deal with this sad news, and how it will impact students’ lives and studies here at UCSB. We want to assure you that we will do everything in our power to ensure that this tragedy will not adversely impact students’ academic records. We have academic advisers available to help identify the needs of those affected, and to provide guidance and alternatives. Students in the College of Letters and Science should come to room 1117 Cheadle Hall (telephone 805-893-2038) for academic advising. We will have extended walk-in hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. including the lunch hour through June 6.
Tuesday, May 27 was declared a University-wide day of mourning and reflection. Regular classes were not held to allow dedicated time to grieve as a community. A memorial service was held at Harder Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, organized jointly by students, staff, and faculty. More than 20,000 students, staff and faculty, as well as friends from the Santa Barbara community, gathered at Harder Stadium to remember and pay tribute to the victims of the Isla Vista shootings. Video from the service is available on UCSB's newsite The Current.
We express our tremendous gratitude to the UCSB campus police officers and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies who bravely defended our community and committed to the investigation.
We continue to feel deeply moved and inspired by the acts of solidarity and support within the UCSB and Isla Vista communities, from Chancellor Henry Yang and President Janet Napolitano, and from our peers and friends at campus communities across the world. Thank you for your strength, kindness and patience.
Melvin Oliver, Executive Dean of the College of Letters and Science and SAGE Sara Miller McCune Dean of Social Sciences
David Marshall, Michael Douglas Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts
Mary Nisbet, Dean of Undergraduate Education
Pierre Wiltzius, Susan and Bruce Worster Dean of Science
on behalf of the staff and faculty of the College of Letters & Science