On Sept. 7, Liliana Rodriguez, Vice Chancellor of Student Life and Inclusive Excellence sent an email to the DU community with news of an undergraduate student’s death.
“At 7:15 this morning, Campus Safety responded to Centennial Halls where a first-year undergraduate student was found unresponsive,” said Rodriguez in the email. “At this time, this appears to be an accidental death and there is no further threat to the community.”
“This is difficult news to hear and we’re working with students directly impacted. If you or someone you know is struggling with this information, please complete an online Pioneers CARE report or use the resources below. We have shared this information with all students, parents and families,” Rodriguez said. “The University is in contact with the student’s family and we are doing everything possible to respect their wishes, therefore this is the only information we are able to share at this time. Please remember that everyone grieves differently and may need different levels of support.”
Rodriguez provided a variety of campus resources available to the community. They are listed below for reference.
The Health & Counseling Center provides many medical and mental health services. (phone: 303-871-2205; Ritchie Center, 2240 E. Buchtel Blvd., Suite 3N)
Employee Assistance Program provides counseling and support for all University of Denver employees.
Campus Safety, in addition to 24/7 service on campus, offers training to the community on how to respond to emergency situations. (Morgan Sellers, Community Resource Officer; phone: 303-871-6803; edu/emergency)
Ombuds Office is a confidential and informal resource for any campus community member who may be experiencing difficulties navigating their time at the University. (Jenna Brown, Ombuds; phone: 303-871-4712)
Chaplain Gary Brower works with all members of the DU community on issues ranging from interfaith dialogue to spiritual care and counseling. (phone: 303-871-4488; Driscoll Student Center, South, 2050 E. Evans Ave.)
Pioneers CARE (Communicate, Assess, Refer, Educate) outreach program helps find solutions for students experiencing academic, social and crisis situations including mental health concerns. (phone: 303-871-2400)
This article will be updated as information becomes available. Any student concerned about their safety or the safety of others are urged to call 911 or Campus Safety at 303-871-3000.