A message from VP Calhoun regarding the tragic loss of a student

Feb. 16, 2024

Dear students and colleagues,

It is with deep regret that I write to inform you about a tragic loss to our community. Earlier today, James Li '27 died after an incident at the NJ Transit crossing on Faculty Road. Our entire community mourns the loss of James, and our hearts go out to James’s family and friends.

Few details are known and the incident is under investigation. We will share a remembrance of James in the coming days. 

Resources and support are available through Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS), the Office of Religious Life, the residential colleges, and the Graduate School. Students wishing to speak with a counselor can call 609-258-3141. CPS will offer drop-in hours for students seeking support at McCosh Health Center on Saturday, February 17 from noon to 2 p.m. Faculty and staff may contact Carebridge to speak with a licensed professional by calling 800-437-0911.

A gathering for students who wish to reflect and support one another will be held tomorrow at 4 p.m. in the residence of Yeh College Head Yair Mintzker, located on the first floor of Mannion Hall. Deans from the Office of Religious Life, counselors from Counseling and Psychological Services and residential college staff will be available.

Please seek out care and support knowing and trusting that we are all here for one another during this difficult time.


W. Rochelle Calhoun

Vice President for Campus Life