Counseling Services

Statement on SMU student Jaein (Jaime) Shim

Updated Friday, Sept. 30, 2016.

SMU Student Life sent the following e-mail message to faculty and staff on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, regarding the death of student Jaein (Jaime) Shim:

Jaein 'Jaime' ShimThe SMU community is saddened to learn of the death of SMU student Jaein “Jaime” Shim, who passed away earlier today, Thursday, September 29, 2016. Jaime was a senior at SMU, a President’s Scholar, and a member of the SMU Honors Program. He was 21 years old, from Seoul, Republic of Korea, and studying towards Bachelor’s degrees in English and Political Science through Dedman College.

While the Division of Student Affairs is making every effort to identify those who were close to Jaime and to offer help, it is possible that as others learn of his death, there may be friends among them who will experience a tough time over the coming weeks. Students affected by this loss may need resources in dealing with their grief. Whatever the case, we are here to help.

If a student should contact you, or if you believe a student might be in need of support or resources, below is a list of departments that can help:

  • Dean of Student Life, 214-768-4564
  • Counseling Services, 214-768-2277
  • Office of the Chaplain, 214-768-4502
  • Residence Life and Student Housing, 214-768-2407
  • For emergency help, please call the SMU Police at 214-768-3333

If you or another faculty or staff member in your office or department need support or resources, the SMU Employee Assistance Program, through the Human Resources Department, is available 24 hours a day. The phone number to call is 877-704-5696.

Strength and support are found in community, and the SMU community stands ready to support you.

Sincerely,

Pamela D. Anthony, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs

Joanne E. Vogel, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Dean of Student Life

The University released the following statement shortly after noon Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016:

We are deeply saddened to report the death of an SMU student, who was found deceased in Barr Pool about 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29.

Preliminary indications are that no foul play was involved, but an investigation is being conducted by SMU Police with assistance from the Dallas County Medical Examiner.

Counseling is being provided to students and will continue to be available through SMU Counseling Services and the Office of the Chaplain.

Our prayers and thoughts are with the family and other loved ones at this time.

Helping students with stress during the holiday and exam season

SMU students in Fondren Science BuildingAs SMU enters both the holiday and exam seasons, Interim Provost Harold Stanley is asking that all University community members watch for signs of stress in themselves and in students.

Dr. Stanley asked that each faculty and staff member “be aware of signs of stress in yourself and those around you” in an e-mail message dated Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015.

“In particular, I ask that you be aware of signs of stress among students, especially first-year students as they are experiencing their first set of final exams,” he added.

He also reminded the University community that “[s]tudents who feel overwhelmed by the stress of the season and finals can visit the offices at the Memorial Health Center, currently located at Perkins Hall, just to the north of Perkins Chapel.”

In addition, Dr. Stanley urged faculty and staff members to visit SMU’s Caring Community Connections homepage for information on identifying and helping students who may be in crisis. The confidential system “will allow us to identify students about whom we are concerned so that we are able to provide them with appropriate information, support, and advice,” he wrote.

He encouraged all to become familiar with SMU’s Guide for Faculty and Staff for Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress, available online.

Dr. Stanley also issued the University’s traditional call for faculty and staff members to “reach out to an individual who is separated from family and friends at this time and invite them to share some of your traditions and goodwill.”

Many SMU resources are available to help University community members stay healthy and safe during the holiday and exam season, including these: