Resources related to Memphis video release

VCU has resources available for students, faculty members and staff seeking support in the aftermath of the release of the video from the tragic death of Mr. Tyre Nichols.

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Dear VCU community,

This evening, authorities in Memphis will release video from the tragic death of Mr. Tyre Nichols. Five Memphis police officers are charged with second-degree murder for his death.

Memphis officials have described the video and circumstances as “horrific.”

President Rao and I have spoken at length about this painful situation. It is senseless and heartbreaking that another African American has lost their life at the hands of those who had a responsibility to protect and serve them; not to cause harm to them. 

It is natural to hold feelings of outrage, anger, pain and even disbelief over this situation. It also revives memories from the past few years that can be hard to cope with and to comprehend. For those of you who need them, VCU has resources to support you – please visit University Counseling Services or TimelyCare. VCU faculty members and staff can access a list of support resources on

We truly care about you and each of your lived experiences at VCU. We are here to support all of our students, faculty and staff in the coming days.


Aaron J. Hart, Ed.D.
Vice President
Division of Student Affairs
Virginia Commonwealth University

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