University communication

October 6, 2022

Updated October 6 at 9:13 a.m.

The Tucson campus is open today. Classes may be rescheduled or re-directed in part by instructors to allow time for reflection on the loss of our beloved colleague, Tom Meixner.

Support and counseling services are available for anyone in need. Please monitor communications from your instructors.

On-campus health counseling and psychology services are available to provide support to students. Please call 520-621-3334 if you need assistance.

For the latest information, please visit https://www.arizona.edu/campus-shooting.

Updated October 5 at 7:15 p.m.

Law enforcement apprehended a suspect in the shooting that occurred today on the main campus of the University of Arizona.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officers apprehended Murad Dervish after a traffic stop near Gila Bend, Arizona at 5:10 p.m.

For updates, please visit the Campus Shots Webpage Where follow UAPD on Twitter (@UArizonaPolice).

Faculty, staff and students in need of mental health support are encouraged to contact the services below:

Counseling and psychiatric serviceson-demand mental health support for students, caps.arizona.edu, 520-621-3334

Employee Assistance Tipsavailable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to all University of Arizona employees eligible for benefits, their dependents, and members of their household, 877-327-2362 (ATS: 800-697-0353)

Life-work linksresources, tools and training for faculty and staff, lifework.arizona.edu, 520-621-2493

Posted October 5 at 5:30 p.m.

The University of Arizona experienced a shooting today at its main campus in Tucson. Around 2 p.m., a person entered the John W. Harshbarger building and one victim was shot and has since died.

The university has canceled all in-person classes on the Tucson campus for the remainder of the day and is asking all non-essential faculty, staff and students to leave the Tucson campus or go to their dorms.

The University of Arizona Police Department and the Tucson Police Department continue to search for the suspect.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, 5ft 8in, approximately 35 years old, with short brown hair, wearing a blue baseball cap and a dark backpack.

Please stay clear of the Harshbarger Building, 1133 E. James E. Rogers Way, located northwest of the Student Union Memorial Center, and stay tuned to UAlert for the latest updates. You can sign up for UAlert using this link: https://cirt.arizona.edu/sign-ualert.

Faculty, staff and students in need of mental health support are encouraged to contact the services below:

Counseling and psychiatric serviceson-demand mental health support for students, caps.arizona.edu, 520-621-3334

Employee Assistance Tipsavailable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to all University of Arizona employees eligible for benefits, their dependents, and members of their household, 877-327-2362 (ATS: 800-697-0353)

Life-work linksresources, tools and training for faculty and staff, lifework.arizona.edu, 520-621-2493

Additional information

There will be a press conference at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5. Watch or download from YouTube.



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