Along with all members of our University community, I am saddened and shaken by a traumatic event on campus Saturday night; a fire in Dundas Hall, East Residence was deliberately set by a student in his room.
I want to assure you that the student is in stable condition in hospital, where he is receiving needed treatment and help.
Disturbing social media activity is circulating about this incident. The University of Guelph is a community committed to civility and mutual respect. Please join me in refraining from watching or distributing this hurtful material.
At the University, we are taking steps to support students and staff affected by this incident.
We met with students and residence life staff several times this weekend to answer questions, provide updates and inform people about support services.
If you or anyone you know is having difficulty with this situation, counselling services and academic advisers are available. See a list of counselling services below.
Thank you to all staff and supporting departments (Campus Community Police, Fire, Counselling Services) as well as community emergency services who have responded and supported our students and staff during this difficult incident.
I consider the University of Guelph community as a family. We pull together in times of crisis and to help those in need. Let us continue to support and strengthen one another.
The following counselling services are available on campus:
Student Counselling Services, Ext. 53244
Student Health Services, Ext. 52131
Employee Assistance Program for faculty and staff, Ext. 52133
Multi-Faith Resource Team, Ext. 52390
For an update, see the University’s homepage, www.uoguelph.ca.