Humber flags will fly at half-mast Tuesday after student death

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Eli Ridder | Report

Humber College released a statement on Monday announcing that campus flags will fly at half-mast for all 24 hours of Tuesday after the death of a Radio Broadcasting student last week in the North Campus residence.

The college named the student as Simeon Weber, who was studying and living on campus before passing away on Friday. The notice from President Chris Whitaker was short and did not give any further details regarding the cause of death.

“The Humber community is deeply saddened by his untimely death. The college has been in contact with his family to express our condolences, and is providing support to faculty, staff and students who knew him,” the statement reads.

“Counselling support and Employee Assistance Program services are available to students and employees. Students should contact 416.675.6622 ext. 3331 at Lakeshore and ext. 5090 at North,” Whitaker writes.

Link: Mental Health Supports On- and Off-Campus

The University of Guelph-Humber put out a corresponding statement on Twitter, saying they are “saddened to hear the news of this Humber student’s passing, and we express our deepest condolences to all those impacted.”

It was on Friday evening when Humber first confirmed that there was a death on campus, after emergency services arrived on residence, a floor was shut down and rumours swirled.

“The Humber community is saddened by the tragic death of a student living in North Campus residence, that occurred today,” said an email seen by The Avro Post from Jason Hunter of the college administration to residence students.

“Details are limited and Humber is working with Toronto Police Service as it investigates the incident. Please be assured that at no time was there a broader public safety risk to the community,” he wrote on Friday.

Hunter, vice president of students and institutional planning, wrote that counselling support and Employee Assistance Program services are available to those who made need it after the incident.

Several students criticized Humber’s move to only email students that lived in residence and not the student body at-large. In response to criticism from a student on Twitter, the college said they would have a full statement on Monday.

Other students have pointed out that the college moved swiftly to inform campus of what went on in an orderly and respectful way.

The postsecondary student helpline is also available 24/7 at 1-866-925-5454. Employees should contact the EAP at 1.800.461.9722.

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