The following is a statement from The University of Texas at Austin Vice President for Student Affairs Gage E. Paine that was sent to students on April 7:
Earlier this afternoon, President Fenves sent you an email about the death of Haruka Weiser, a first-year Theatre and Dance student. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends and our community.
During times like these, it is common for you to feel a broad range of emotions. Please remember that counseling is available for all UT Austin students at the Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC) in the Student Services Building. CMHC has extended hours until 7 p.m. through Friday, April 15, and will also host a support group from 5-6 p.m. each of those evenings. CMHC will also be open on Saturday April 9 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Students who need support can walk in and speak with a counselor without an appointment. Students may also call the CMHC Crisis Line 24 hours a day at 512-471-2255.
Know that you can reach out to staff members in the Office of the Dean of Students, the residence halls and across campus. During situations like this one, it is important to connect with people that are important to you and to support each other as a community. Remember that Longhorns take care of one another and themselves.
Thank you for being respectful during this challenging time. We will be honoring Haruka’s life tonight at a community gathering at 5:30 p.m. on the East Mall. We encourage the university community to join us.
Gage E. Paine
Vice President for Student Affairs