In Memoriam

Remembering Cal Poly Students Who Have Passed Away

2020-21

We are devastated to report that one of our students, David Newton, passed away on Jan. 3 in his hometown of Paso Robles from a lengthy illness unrelated to the pandemic. David was a fourth-year student who majored in Theatre Arts. For additional information as it becomes available, we encourage you to revisit this page.

 

The university is in touch with David’s family and our thoughts and full support are with them and his friends during this very difficult time.

 

Jake Worden, passed away in San Luis Obispo on Friday, Dec. 25. Jake was a fourth-year computer science student from Santa Clarita, CA. Sharing news like this — which is being done, as always, after consultation with our student’s family — is never easy. It is especially hard when we are not together as a community to be there for each other. 

 

The university has been in close contact with his family and is offering its full support to them and his friends during this very difficult time. For additional information as it becomes available, we encourage you to revisit this page.

Campus Community Support Services

We want you to know that Cal Poly is here to support you.

Although Campus Health and Wellbeing and most university services are closed for the academic break until Jan. 4, Counseling Services are available for Cal Poly students 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling 805-756-2511. For additional support, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students on/after Jan. 4 at 805-756-0327 or email deanofstudents@calpoly.edu. Please do not hesitate to contact them.

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides confidential counseling services to all Cal Poly employees and their families. To speak with a counselor at any other time, please call their 24-hour support hotline at 800-367-7474. More information about EAP's confidential services is available here.

Please know that we care about each of you.

Community Support

When a student passes away, the Office of the Dean of Students serves as the campus liaison for families, friends and the Cal Poly community. We are here to support all members of the Mustang family during times of mourning.

Our support includes:

  • Organizing grief support for impacted students, faculty and staff
  • Providing guidance and resources for families of students
  • Notifying appropriate university officials
  • Assisting with the development of memorial funds or donations
  • Coordinating university memorial services

To schedule a virtual appointment please email student-success@calpoly.edu.

If you are seeking support or are made aware of a student death, please contact our office at 805-756-0327 or deanofstudents@calpoly.edu.

Counseling Services

Cal Poly is here to support you. Counseling services are available for students 24/7 by calling 805-756-2511 or visiting hcs.calpoly.edu/counseling.

Counseling services are also available for Cal Poly employees and their families through the Employee Assistance Program. To speak with a counselor, please call their 24-hour support hotline at 800-367-7474. More information can be found at afd.calpoly.edu/hr/employee-resources/work-life.

In these times of loss, please know that we care about each of you. If there are other ways in which we can support you, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 805-756-0327 or deanofstudents@calpoly.edu

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