2nd death reported at UH a month after student found dead in February, university says

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Tuesday, March 21, 2023
UH limits use of building where 2nd death took place in a month
The University of Houston death reported a second death about one month after a student was found dead on campus in February, the school announced.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A second death at the University of Houston was reported on Monday, about one month after a student was reportedly found dead on campus in February.

The university announced all classes and activities would be canceled at Agnes Arnold, and office buildings would be closed for the remainder of Monday.

"The person who passed away has not been identified and there is no threat to campus safety," the school said in a statement. "We will be working closely to provide support to all who are impacted."

UH said all employees would work remotely.

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Read the full statement from the university regarding the person's death:

"We are deeply saddened to inform our community of a death that occurred on the University of Houston campus today.

The person who passed away has not been identified and there is no threat to campus safety. We will be working closely to provide support to all who are impacted.

All classes and activities at Agnes Arnold are canceled today, March 20. Offices in this building are closed and employees will work remotely.

The UH Police Department and other officials are at this building now investigating an incident that took place today.

While we await official updates and during this time of loss, we are reminded of the importance of community. We encourage those who feel they may need support to utilize the following support resources available to members of the university community:

UH Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is available at (713) 743-5454 and is located in the Health 2 Building, Rm. 2005 (4349 Martin Luther King Blvd.) or Student Services Center 1 (SSC1), Rm. 226 (4365 Cougar Village Dr.).

The "Let's Talk" Program provides daily, easy access to informal confidential consultations with CAPS therapists. Locations and hours are available here.

Wellness services are offered to faculty and staff through its Employee Assistance Program.

Support and care are also available through the Student Health Center and the A.D. Bruce Religion Center.

Academic HealthPlans opened our Academic Student Assistant Program (ASAP) to all UH students 24/7 FREE access for support.

We ask members of the UH community to support each other. We will be planning additional outreach to friends, family and members of our community once more information becomes available."

Later in the evening, the university posted an update on how Agnes Arnold Hall would be used for the next day of classes while also acknowledging concerns over the building.

"Many in our community have expressed concern about Agnes Arnold Hall. We are taking immediate action to limit access to the building as we consider its future use in the short and long term," UH posted Monday night.

The university added that classes scheduled at Agnes Arnold Hall and auditoriums will be held remotely on Tuesday, and a decision on whether that will stay for the remainder of the week will be made in conjunction with faculty instructors.

The fate over Agnes Arnold's use for the rest of the semester is also under review with all options in play, UH added.

"The building is only one aspect of these troubling events. The toll this can take on mental health cannot be overstated. We are committed to providing our faculty, staff and students with additional opportunities for mental health support. We will be providing more information on these resources in the coming days," UH continued.

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, or worried about a friend or loved one, help is available. Call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 for free confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.