President Schlissel’s Message about the Oxford High School Tragedy

U-M President Mark Schlissel recently posted the following announcement about the recent tragic shooting at Oxford High School

To All Members of the Campus Community:

We have dozens of students on our three campuses who are graduates of Oxford High School, the site of Tuesday’s tragic shooting, and thousands from the surrounding Oakland County area. Some of our employees also have loved ones who work at Oxford or have ties to the school’s community.

We are all grieving today over the loss of four students and injuries to several more and an Oxford teacher. And as we have had to do far too often, we’re forced to ask why a place of learning and hope became a setting for a horrific tragedy. I know that many of you are supporting one another as we work through this together and await additional details in the coming days. As a campus community we remain committed to helping each one of you in this time of grief, sadness, anger and frustration.

Counseling and Psychological Services, our primary student counseling center, has reallocated resources today to respond to students who need a way to process this tragedy. Students can be seen virtually or in person via same day scheduling by calling 734-764-8312.

CAPS also is organizing group debriefing meetings specifically for students affected by the shooting in Oxford. These meetings will be in the CAPS office (fourth floor of Michigan Union) at 4 p.m. Dec. 2  and 3 p.m. Dec. 3.  Students should call CAPS at 734-764-8312 to sign up.

Additionally, the Dean of Students Office (734-764-7420) and Wolverine Wellness (734-763-1320) provide student-support resources. I urge any student struggling with this incident to reach out to these offices, which stand ready to assist.

Faculty and staff are urged to reach out to the Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office or the Michigan Medicine Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience.

I know I speak on behalf of my entire leadership team and the university’s Board of Regents when I offer my heartfelt condolences for the lives lost and a quick and full recovery for those who were injured.


Mark S. Schlissel