UNC-Chapel Hill student died in campus residence hall last week, university says

A UNC-Chapel Hill student died in a campus residence hall last week, the university confirmed Friday.

The student died in Thomas Ruffin Jr. Residence Hall, located near Davis Library on the northern part of the university’s campus.

The student’s cause of death is unclear. The university’s webpage regarding student death protocols says the university “does not broadly announce students’ names or link cause of death to individuals.”

“The matter is currently under investigation, but there is no threat to the community,” university media relations manager Erin Spandorf told The News & Observer by email Friday.

The UNC Police crime log shows that a death was reported at the residence hall at 8:28 a.m. on Friday, April 21. The case status for the death is listed as “open” on the log.

Spandorf said the university is aware of six enrolled students who have died this academic year.

News of the student death at UNC comes during the university’s last week of class, and after two student deaths were reported at N.C. State University within 24 hours this week. In total, 14 N.C. State students have died this academic year.

Resources for UNC students following death

Spandorf said UNC provides a variety of support resources for students.

On campus, the university’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) “has a primary mission to offer short-term counseling through brief individual therapy appointments and group therapy offerings,” Spandorf said. More information about CAPS is available at caps.unc.edu.

The university also offers support and resources through the Heels Care Network website, available at care.unc.edu, “which includes a comprehensive mental health resource hub for users to search and filter options for mental health support, a live peer-support chat, mental health trainings and more,” Spandorf said.

Mental health and suicide prevention resources

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a hotline for individuals in crisis or for those looking to help someone else. To speak with someone, dial 988.

Crisis Text Line is a texting service for emotional crisis support. To speak with a trained listener, text HOME to 741741. This free, confidential service is available 24/7.