Oxford Police investigating weekend death

Posted on Feb 6 2018 - 8:52pm by Slade Rand and Rachel Ishee

A formerly enrolled UM student died Sunday night in Oxford. The Dean of Students Office has been informed of the death, and Oxford Police Department is investigating.

Dean of Students Melinda Sutton Noss said she was made aware of the death Sunday night and has since been following university protocol for recognizing deaths of current or recently enrolled students. The protocol involves providing support to students who may be impacted by the death and reaching out to the student’s family when appropriate. Noss said she has yet to contact this student’s family, as she typically tries to wait a few days before making that phone call.

“I try to give them a little space but also reach out to them,” Noss said.

Noss said her office also assists students seeking help with organizing university-wide memorials and counseling services. She said some students have privately approached her office, thinking of ways to remember this student.

“Sadly, we have either current or recently enrolled students that pass away under a number of different circumstances,” she said.

When asked about the student’s death, Oxford Police Department said officers were currently investigating one death that occured over the weekend and could not release any more information until the investigation is complete.

There are no deaths on the OPD Police Report or the Clery Act as of Tuesday afternoon.