Statement from President Les McCabe on Death of Fall 2012 Semester at Sea Participant

December 1, 2012

It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the loss of one of our students earlier today. Casey Schulman, a fourth-year student at the University of Virginia, was killed in a recreational boating incident in Roseau, Dominica.

The trip had been organized independently by a group of students and was not a Semester at Sea-sponsored excursion.

The Institute for Shipboard Education and senior voyage administrators are in close contact with Casey’s family, the U.S. Embassy of the Eastern Caribbean, and key officials at the University of Virginia.

Grief counseling and support services have been made available to all members of the community on a 24-hour basis.

A commemorative service is planned aboard the ship tomorrow evening. The ship will depart Dominica tomorrow at 8 pm local time as planned and will return to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Friday, December 7.

We wish to convey our condolences to Casey’s family, her many friends, and those who witnessed the accident. Please join me in keeping the Schulman family in your thoughts at this very difficult time.

-President Les McCabe

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Established in 1963, Semester at Sea is the only study abroad program of its kind in the world. Using a ship as a traveling campus, undergraduates, lifelong learners, faculty, and lecturers live and learn together while circumnavigating the globe each fall and spring semester and exploring a world region each May and summer term. Credit earned is fully transferable by the University of Virginia.