Campus Tragedy Information

On Monday, December 11, 2023, in on-campus housing known as the Mods, carbon monoxide poisoning took Evergreen student Jonathan Rodriguez's life and sent two other students to the hospital. A campus police officer who responded and performed CPR was also hospitalized due to exposure. 

The Washington State Patrol is currently investigating this tragedy. While awaiting their conclusions, the college has taken immediate steps to help ensure student safety. Students living in Mods that use propane as a source of heat or hot water have been moved into new housing. Steady progress continues for safety inspections and maintenance of all student housing on campus. 

If you have questions or concerns,  contact the Community Support and Response Team at community-response@evergreen.edu.

Events & Community Forums

Campus Investigation Community Webinar

December 15, 2023

Please join us for a community webinar tomorrow, Friday, December 15.  

Colleagues from across campus will share what they know about the ongoing investigation, what's being done to ensure safety, and where to direct questions. 

When: 1 - 1:30 pm  
Where: Zoom Webinar

Community Gathering

December 13, 2023

Dear Evergreen Community,   

During this time, we acknowledge there is a need for greater Evergreen connection and collective care.  

We will be gathering on Red Square at noon today, Wednesday, December 13, to connect, grieve, reflect, and support each other. All are welcome to attend.  

The Social Justice Center will also be open with staff and counselors on site.  

If you are in or near Olympia on Wednesday, we hope you will consider joining us at noon on Red Square. 

Resources

For Students

Student Wellness Services

As our Evergreen community grieves the loss of a student and those harmed by the recent incident on campus, we offer these resources for students seeking additional support: 

  •  If you find yourself in immediate distress, please call the Thurston-Mason Crisis Clinic at (360) 586-2800.

  • A weekly Grief Support meeting will be held with Student Wellness Services counselors Mondays, January 8 - March 11, from 3 - 4 pm in the Social Justice Center on the 2nd floor of Evans Hall.

  • We also encourage you to schedule individual appointments with our counselors upon returning to Evergreen in January 2024. 

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). These resources include 24/7 support via phone at 1-877-313-4455.

For All

Additional resources that our therapists have found helpful in navigating grief and stress: