The Oregon State University community is mourning the loss of a 20-year-old student who took his life early Thursday morning by jumping from a residence building on campus.
Oregon State Police Lt. Steve Mitchell, whose agency investigated the death, would not identify the student, citing agency policy and sensitivity of the issue.
OSU sent out a notice to students who lived in the same residential hall as the man, according to university spokesman Steve Clark. A custodial employee discovered the student’s body early Thursday morning in the parking lot below Bloss Hall, though two Bloss residents said Friday that the man lived in the Buxton-Hawley building.
When the university community experiences a loss like this, Clark said, OSU’s Student Care Team is at the front lines to offer support.
“When something like this happens, it affects a lot of people — family, friends, students, faculty and staff,” he said. “People know each other and suffer loss and mourn, and we try to offer whatever help we can.”
The Student Care Team includes representatives from Public Safety, Oregon State Police, Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health, Dean of Student Life Office, Academic Success Center, Disability Access Services, University Housing and Student Conduct.
OSU’s Counseling and Psychological Services offers professional counseling to those in need.
Clark added that the man’s friends likely would organize a memorial, but that he had no details.