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Update on Recent Death on Campus

Update to the Community Message Sent October 17.

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Dear Community Members,

I am writing to respond to a false rumor that has been circulating regarding the death of a student on Tuesday, October 17.

There was never a threat to the campus community associated with this tragic incident, and there continues to be no threat.

The University Police Department has gathered extensive information, including eyewitness reports, surveillance video and statements from friends of the deceased. The Passaic County Sheriff’s Office also gathered evidence from the scene, as they do for any sudden death situation, and the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office is treating this case as a person who died alone.

There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever of any foul play or criminal actions.

The University Police have shared all the information with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.

Added Saturday, October 21: See related messages from our Muslim Student Association, our Students for Justice in Palestine chapter and CAIR-NJ.

To respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time, the University is not releasing any additional details.

Counselors are available for all students, 24 hours a day. Call Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 973-655-5211 and select Option “2.” Students may also contact the Dean of Students Office for assistance.

Employees can get free, confidential support from our Employee Assistance Program by calling 800-242-7371.

Anyone who is in crisis may call or text the nationwide 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline for free, confidential support, 24/7.

We continue to mourn the loss of our student, and send our deepest sympathies to his family and close friends.


Dawn Meza Soufleris.

Dawn/Dr. S.
Dawn Meza Soufleris, PhD

Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life