Updated 12/5/14 4:17 p.m.
Police were able to notify next-of-kin and have released the name of the student who passed away Thursday. Scott Austin, 48, was a sophomore petroleum engineering major and an Air Force veteran. Chancellor Brian Rogers sent the following note to the campus community this morning:
Dec. 5, 2014
To: UAF community
From: Chancellor Brian Rogers
Re: Yesterday’s student death
Yesterday morning, we abruptly lost one of our students. Scott Austin, a 48-year-old petroleum engineering student and Air Force veteran, was found dead in the parking lot behind the Reichardt Building. Police are still investigating the incident, however foul play is not suspected at this time.
Anytime our UAF community loses one of its members, it affects us all. I know we all feel for Scott’s family, friends and classmates, and offer our sincere condolences as they deal with his death.
If you are struggling with this loss, the university has counseling resources for both students and employees. Please don’t hesitate to seek help if you need it.
For students, the Center for Health and Counseling has been informed of this incident and is available to provide support or counseling. Call 474-7043 to speak with someone or, for more information, visit the website at https://www.uaf.edu/chc/counseling-services-1/.
Employees have access to free counseling through our Employee Assistance Program. Please call 1-866-465-8934, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Employees can also contact the EAP at http://guidanceresources.com and enter the company web ID: GC5901Q. First-time users will need to create an account.
Reichardt Building lot reopened
Updated 12/4/14 11:45 a.m.
The Reichardt Building parking lot is reopened for normal use.
The lot was closed this morning after campus police received a report shortly after 8 a.m. of a man on the ground outside a vehicle. The man, a 48-year-old student, was deceased due to what appears to be an accidental gunshot wound. The incident is still under investigation and next-of-kin have not been notified.
The UAF Center for Health and Counseling has been notified of the death and any students who would like to talk to someone about the incident can contact the center at 907-474-7043. Employees can also access counseling services through the Employee Assistance Program. Visit http://www.alaska.edu/benefits/employee-assistance-progr/ for more information.
Police investigating suspected accidental death
Updated 12/4/14 9:45 a.m.
Campus police are investigating a suspected accidental death in the parking lot behind the Reichardt Building. Please avoid the area. The incident is not a threat to public safety.
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