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UCLA Chancellor Explains How the School Responds to Troubled Students

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UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block yesterday wrote an open letter to the community in follow up to last week's stabbing incident. Although he offers no specific details on the case, he does explain how the process is supposed to work:

For several years now, Student Affairs has had in place the UCLA Consultation & Response team as a resource for those who are concerned about the well-being of students. Referrals to the team come from people like you—students, faculty and staff—who reach out to express their concerns. Please take a minute to review and bookmark the team’s website. When the group receives referrals about students who may be in distress, it acts quickly to establish facts and respond in an aggressive and timely manner. The response may include referrals to academic or psychological counselors, adjudication of disputes or a meeting with campus police. The team also follows up to increase the likelihood that students use the services available to them. The team’s strategies shrink the size of our institution and help to ensure that we maintain a supportive environment.

By law, members of the group are required to report to police any student they believe poses a threat to others.

Damon Thompson, the 20-year-old suspect, was in fact referred to UCLA officials by a worried teacher prior to the attack. To what extent the school's team aided Thompson, or even if police were contacted, is unknown. Block's full letter is below.