UWM Chancellor Sends Out Letter Regarding Overdose


by Michele McCormack

MILWAUKEE---On Thursday the following letter was issued by the chancellor of UWM regarding an overdose death on Monday.

Here is the letter in full:

Dear UWM Campus Community:

I want to update you on the unfortunate death of a visitor to Sandburg Hall that happened earlier this week.

Timothy Stanczyk, a 56-year-old guest of a 19-year-old UWM freshman who is a Sandburg Hall South Tower resident, was found dead in that resident’s room on Monday, Dec. 3. While the cause of death has not yet been determined by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner, UWM Police reported finding items related to illegal drug use in the room.

UWM Police determined there was sufficient information to arrest the freshman on suspicion of reckless homicide and failure to render aid. It is not believed that any other UWM student was involved or at risk during this incident. The investigation is continuing.

While we are saddened by this death, it does serve as a stark reminder of the extreme danger of illegal drugs. UWM takes a very strong position on the use of illegal drugs, and we will not tolerate their use on campus.

This incident also is a reminder that each of us has a responsibility to assist others who are in need. It is critical to respond quickly and seek medical help immediately when encountering an individual in a dangerous situation. Not taking action can only make a bad situation worse.

I understand that this may be upsetting. If students have a need to talk with someone regarding this incident, they should contact the counseling services at our Norris Health Center, 414-229-4716. Counseling services also are available to faculty and staff through the IMPACT Workplace Services employee assistance program, 800-236-7905 or

Michael R. Lovell


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