Message from President Robbins on tragic loss of student

Dear Students and Colleagues, 

As some of you may already be aware, our Wildcat community suffered a tragic loss early this morning with the off-campus death of sophomore Erin Jones. Our deepest sympathies go out to Erin's family in California and across the country, her friends, and her classmates in Tucson and Newport Beach, who are absorbing the heartbreaking news today. 

I have spoken with Erin's family and offered the University's full support, and we will continue to be there for them. At the appropriate time, we will share information with the community regarding plans to honor her life and memory. 

The Tucson Police Department, with support from the University of Arizona Police Department, is leading the investigation and will provide further details when they have been confirmed. This incident occurred at an off-campus gathering attended by University students. We will share only information that law enforcement has confirmed and does not jeopardize the integrity of their investigation.

Any loss of life is tragic, especially for a young person taken from her family and friends so early in her life. I want to encourage any of you struggling to cope with this devastating news, whether you knew Erin or not, to take advantage of our campus resources.

Students needing mental health support can contact Campus Health's Counseling & Psych Services by calling 520-621-3334, scheduling online, or visiting one of CAPS locations during operating hours.  

All benefits-eligible employees, their dependents, and members of their households can contact Employee Assistance Counseling for information about free and confidential one-on-one counseling. Support is available 24/7 through ComPsych. ComPsych can be reached at 877-327-2362 (TTY: 800-697-0353). 

Anyone experiencing a mental health emergency should call 911.

On Monday, April 29, we will have expanded support available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the following locations:

It is possible that some people might have additional information that could assist with the criminal investigation. Please call the Tucson Police Department at (520) 791-4444 or the University of Arizona Police Department at (520) 621-8273. To remain anonymous, you can call 88-CRIME (520-882-7463).  

We will continue to support Erin's family and our Wildcat community. Today is a difficult day. I ask that you please keep everyone affected by this tragedy in your thoughts and take care of one another. 

With profound sadness,

Robert C. Robbins, M.D. 

The University of Arizona​​​​

This message was originally shared in an email to students, faculty, staff and designated campus colleagues.