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Good Afternoon, ECE Graduate Students, Faculty, and Staff –

We are saddened to share that one of our ECE graduate students, Yuhe Cao, passed away on Monday, August 26, 2019. As we struggle with this unexpected loss, we are working with the appropriate offices on campus to provide support to his family and those directly impacted by his death.

For the benefit of all members of the department, we are arranging a time for staff from the Office of the Dean of Students and the Counseling Center to visit the department. They will share strategies for dealing with the loss of a friend or colleague and provide you time to talk with their staff as needed. We will communicate the date, time, and location of that visit when it has been confirmed.

In the meantime, here are additional campus resources that you may take advantage of as needed.

For Counseling Support:

Counseling Center- http://counselingcenter.illinois.edu/
You may contact the Counseling Center at 217.333.3704 to schedule an appointment for grief counseling and emotional support. The services are free to any student who has paid the student health fee. For routine appointments, the Center uses a same-day scheduling system such that students need to call at 7:50 am when their phone lines open to schedule an appointment for that day. If you are unable to get a same day appointment that works with your schedule or you need to be seen more urgently, identify yourself to the Counseling Center Reception staff as a friend of the deceased who is in urgent need of grief counseling. The Counseling Center staff will work to arrange an urgent appointment for you.

McKinley Health Center- http://www.mckinley.illinois.edu/clinics/mental_health.htm
Counseling and psychiatry services are also available to students at McKinley Health Center in their mental health clinic. Call 217. 333.2705 to schedule an appointment. These services are also covered by the student health fee.

For Academic Support:

Office of the Dean of Students –Student Assistance Center- http://www.odos.illinois.edu/studentAssistance/index.asp
You may contact the Student Assistance Center in the Office of the Dean of Students if you need assistance getting connected to the support resources described above or if grief is impeding your ability to function academically. Although decisions about excusing missed classes and accepting late work are at the discretion of individual professors, the Student Assistance Center can send communications to instructors to inform them that you are experiencing an extenuating life circumstance and to request additional support and academic consideration on your behalf.

Self-Help:

The Counseling Center also has self-help brochures related to psychological trauma and grief available on our website for download. You can access them by following this link: http://counselingcenter.illinois.edu/brochures

Support for Faculty and Staff:

For counseling support or outreach services for faculty and staff, please contact Karie Wolfson at the Faculty Staff Assistance Program at 217.244.5312. http://fsap.illinois.edu/

Please let us know how we can best assist you through this difficult time.

Professor Michael Oelze
Associate Head for Graduate Affairs