Heartbreaking news



September 12, 2015

Dear Harvard College Students,

I am writing with heartbreaking news about the death of our student Luke Tang of Lowell House earlier today.

While the circumstances of Luke's death are being investigated by local authorities, there is currently no reason to believe that foul play was involved. Out of respect for the privacy of his family, this is all the information we have to share at this time.

News like this affects every member of this community. We know each of you will seek comfort in different ways. Please seek out a family member, a friend, or someone you can talk to, such as a mentor or coach.

Such a sudden and unexpected tragedy is shocking and evokes strong feelings in all of us, even if we did not directly know Luke. Many resources are available at Harvard to help every member of this community. Remember, your advisers stand ready to assist you at all times, including peer advisers, tutors/proctors, resident deans, house masters, and faculty.

Other resources we can offer you include the Chaplains Office (617-495-5529), which is open between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and is standing by for anyone who feels it would be helpful to talk. Counselors are available at Harvard University Health Services and can be reached at 617-495-5711.

We will continue to share any further information we can with the community as it becomes available to us.

This is a very difficult time for those who knew Luke, including his family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of them. I ask that you each offer comfort to those around you who may be suffering during this time and need a shoulder to lean on. Lowell House will be opening the Master's residence at 7:00 p.m. this evening for all Harvard College community members who wish to join them.

Dean Khurana