FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A pair of first year students at Colorado State University have been found dead in their dorm rooms in the past two weeks, according to a note sent to students by administrators this week.
While the note contained sparse information about the deaths, it did confirm that “based on thorough investigations by CSUPD and the Larimer County Coroner’s Office, neither death involved foul play.”
One death, the note indicated, was a suicide, and the cause of the second death remains unknown, pending an investigation. The identity of both students has not yet been released.
“The university will not be releasing details about how the individuals died, out of respect for the families,” the note read. “But we want to assure you that the investigations indicate no reason for community members to be concerned about their safety.”
At times, the note, which was signed by the university’s president Tony Frank, seemed like less of an announcement and more like a memo to grieving students.
“Today, many on our campus are struggling with anger, guilt, sorrow, questions, and even fear,” the letter read. “Some of you are worried. Others want to know what the University can and should be doing to honor these students and help others in need.”
One of the central themes in Frank’s letter was a plea to students.
“Ask for help when you’re hurting. Take care of yourselves and each other – and tell someone when you have concerns for a friend who’s struggling,” Frank wrote. “Understand and never forget that you are important and have value, not just to your families and our University community but to our world.”