UVa Student Dies in Dominica Boating Accident

December 1, 2012

Officials at the University of Virginia confirmed Saturday night that a student taking part in the Semester at Sea program has died.

Casey Schulman, a fourth-year foreign affairs major from Falls Church, was killed Saturday in a boating accident in Dominica. The trip was organized independently of the Semester at Sea activities.

Grief counseling has been organized for members of the program, and a commemorative service will take place on the ship Sunday evening.

The Semester at Sea ship is scheduled to leave Dominica Sunday evening and return stateside on Friday, Dec. 7.


To the University community:

I write today to inform you of the loss of one of our students. Casey Schulman, a fourth-year Foreign Affairs major from Falls Church, Va., was killed earlier today in a recreational boating incident in Roseau, Dominica.

I have been in touch with Casey's family and ask that you join us in keeping the family and its friends in our thoughts during this difficult time.

Casey was a participant in the Semester at Sea program. The trip during which the incident occurred was organized independently of the SAS activities. Leadership at the Institute for Shipboard Education and senior voyage administrators have also been in contact with Casey's family, the U.S. Embassy of the Eastern Caribbean and University leadership.

Grief counseling and support services have been made available to all members of the SAS community on a 24-hour basis. A commemorative service is planned aboard the ship tomorrow evening. The ship will depart Dominica tomorrow at 8 p.m. local time as planned and will return to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on Friday, Dec. 7.

For any members of the University community, support is available through Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) this weekend at 434-972-7004 or by speaking directly with a dean on call by contacting the University Police at 434-924-7166. A dean is on call 24/7, should anyone need assistance.

Patricia Lampkin

Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer

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