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In Times of Trouble


In Times of Trouble

Loss of a Family Member


Dealing with the loss of a loved one is always incredibly difficult; it makes no difference if the loss was expected or sudden. Our thoughts turn away from day-to-day necessities; emotions strike at odd times; thoughts about the future seem to flee.

We invite any student who has lost a loved one to submit a Pioneers Care Report as soon as possible. SOS will make certain that all offices/faculty are contacted. Regardless of your status on campus, you have the resources of the Health and Counseling Center (303-871-2205 or [email protected]), as well as the University Chaplain's office (303-871-4488 or [email protected]), to which you can turn. Both can help with immediate needs and, if necessary, help you find appropriate off-campus resources.

Additionally, we want you to know that there are policies in effect at DU that will help support you in terms of time away from studies and/or work responsibilities. The full policies for students and employees (including allowable time away and who to contact) can be found in the side-bar to the right. Briefly, those provisions are:  students, faculty or staff will be excused from class (or work) for funeral leave in the event of the death of a immediate family or household member for up to three work days for an in-state funeral and five work days for out-of-state.