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Message to Campus Community Regarding the Death of a Student
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
It is with great sadness that I write to you this morning to inform you of the untimely passing of a Syracuse University student.
Hongming Cao, a junior studying economics, passed away over the weekend in his home country of China, surrounded by family and friends. A student in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Hongming died following a brief illness.
I join Chancellor Syverud and the entire Syracuse University community in extending our sincerest condolences to his family, friends and all who knew him, during this difficult time.
This is a time of great sorrow for the entire University community. As we grieve together, please know there are a variety of services available to students, faculty and staff. Students seeking support can contact the Counseling Center 24-hours a day, seven days a week at 315-443-4715. Additional services are provided by the Office of Student Assistance, Monday through Friday, by calling 315-443-4357. For faculty and staff, assistance is available through Carebridge, the University’s Faculty and Staff Assistance Program. Trained clinicians answer the phone 24-hours a day, seven days a week and can be reached at 800-437-0911.
For additional support and services, please contact Hendricks Chapel at 315-443-2901. The main chapel is also open 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. for prayer and reflection.
Rebecca Reed Kantrowitz
Senior Vice President and Dean
Division of Student Affairs