Update on Support for Israel Vigil and Campus Resources

Provost and Senior Academic Affairs VP Scott Angle and Heather White
October 10, 2023

Dear UF Community, 

Last night students, faculty, staff and extended members of the university community gathered for a candlelight vigil in support of Israel. During the program, an attendee fainted which led to others asking for 911 to be called. This request was misunderstood by those around, which led the crowd to disperse in panic.  

UFPD quickly secured the scene, and staff provided immediate support to those in need. We are grateful for the safety of all involved and that the injuries reported appear to be minor. We know the fear created by this unfortunate event has left some in need of support. If you, or someone you know is in need, please reach out. UF will be providing counseling services, outreach and other support to the community. Students may connect with Campus Assistance and Resources for Empowerment (CARE) by submitting an online form.

As always, students experiencing crisis can connect with a crisis counselor 24/7 by calling 352-392-1575. The Counseling and Wellness Center also has crisis walk-in appointments available in 401 Peabody Hall, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., as well as other appointment availability as needed. Faculty and staff may contact the UF Employee Assistance Program at 833-306-0103.  Faculty and staff may visit the Employee Assistance Program website at eap.ufl.edu to schedule an appointment with a counselor.

The safety and wellbeing of our university community will always be a priority and we remain committed to providing care for those in need. 


Scott Angle, Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Heather White, Vice President for Student Life 
Melissa Curry, Vice President for Human Resources