Statement on the death of a chemistry student

The university and the Faculty of Science is deeply saddened by the loss of a member of our community.

On the weekend, it was reported that a young man died while surfing in Tofino. Friends and relatives identified him as Nijin John, a UVic graduate student in chemistry. Our hearts go out to the family of Nijin John and friends at this very difficult time.

The university is offering counselling to any members of our campus community who knew or worked with Nijin. Students can contact UVic Counselling Services on campus at 250-721-8341 and faculty and staff can receive counselling support through UVic's Employee and Family Assistance Plan