From UTC officials;
We are saddened to report that the University learned of the death of one of our students this afternoon, Tuesday, November 7, 2023, in an on-campus residence. There is no suspicion of foul play, and we will not release the name of the student to protect the privacy of the family and friends who are directly impacted by this loss. The Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS) has already been in contact with student’s family, and we are in the process of contacting students and employees known to be directly impacted. The University’s CARE Team (www.utc.edu/care) have been activated and will respond accordingly.
Losing a member of our community is a tragedy. University resources are available to assist students, faculty, and staff in need 24/7:
- The Counseling Center will offer individual counseling sessions for students during their regular hours of operation. To make an appointment, students should call (423) 425-4438 or visit University Center, Room 338 between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM.
- The Office of Student Outreach & Support (SOS) will offer support and referral services. Faculty, staff, and students can share names of individuals they are concerned about (students, faculty, or staff) by submitting a Community Member of Concern Form (www.utc.edu/coc), e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling (423) 425-2299.
- Group debrief sessions will be coordinated by the Counseling Center and SOS at a time to be determined. If you believe there are specific groups that would benefit from such a debrief, please contact the Office of Student Outreach & Support (SOS) by e-mailing email@example.com.
- Employees impacted may utilize support available through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Employees and their eligible dependents, regardless of whether they participate in the Group Insurance Program, who may be experiencing personal or work place problems may access the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAP services are provided at no cost and all services are strictly confidential and can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 1-855-HERE4TN (1-855-437-3486). The EAP can help with issues such as family and relationships; child and elder care; anxiety and depression; workplace conflicts; dealing with addiction; grief and loss; legal and financial issues; work/life balance. Individuals receive up to five (5) free counseling sessions per episode at no cost to the participant; however, sessions must be pre-authorized by calling phoning 1-855-HERE4TN (1-855-437-3486).
- Students, faculty, and staff experiencing crisis after hours contact the UTC CARE line at (423) 425-CARE (2273), to be connected to after-hours services including crisis counseling.
We want to take this opportunity to remind everyone about the Community Member of Concern form (www.utc.edu/coc). If you are concerned about the well-being of a friend, classmate, or colleague, please complete this form to alert our campus resource providers.