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October 18, 2021

Dear members of the Tufts community,

We are writing to share the sad news that a member of our community, Madie Nicpon, class of 2023, has passed away following an accident Saturday afternoon. A native of Suffern, New York, Madie was a biopsychology major, a member of the women’s lacrosse team, and an active member of our community. In the face of this painful loss, our hearts go out to Madie’s family and friends.

Last night, approximately 3,000 students, faculty and staff gathered at the Gantcher Center to remember Madie and to support each other in our grief, then processed by candlelight to Bello Field, where Madie had spent many hours with her teammates and friends. The number of community members who turned out to lend support to each other, to Madie’s friends, and to her family was a testament to how many lives Madie touched during her time at Tufts.

We are never prepared for the loss of someone in our community. It can be especially hard to accept the loss of someone so young. In times like these, it is more important than ever to rely on each other and draw strength from our community. Please know that the full resources of Tufts University support services are available to you. Students can access assistance through the University Chaplaincy, Counseling and Mental Health Service(CMHS), and Dean of Student Affairs Office. If you or someone you know needs more immediate support, please reach out to either the Counselor-on-Call or the Dean-on-Call 24/7 by calling our after-hours message center at 617-627-3360. Faculty and staff are reminded that support is available to them through the Tufts University Employee Assistance Program.

We will work with Madie’s family to find a time to join together as a community to celebrate Madie’s life. We will share details on this gathering when they become available.

With deepest sympathy,

Anthony P. Monaco

James M. Glaser
Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences

Camille Lizarríbar
Dean of Student Affairs and Chief Student Affairs Officer for the School of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering