According to a statement delivered to the campus community in the afternoon, a Cal Poly student died early Monday morning.
Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong and Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey wrote in the email, “We are heartbroken.”
According to Cal Poly spokesman Matt Lazier, the Cal Poly Police Department got a call about 5:20 a.m. that someone had been found deceased near the R-4 parking structure at Poly Canyon Village, an on-campus apartment housing development.
According to Lazier, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff-Office Coroner’s was subsequently tasked with investigating the case and identifying the suspect.
There is no evidence of foul play in the death of the as-yet-unidentified student, according to Lazier.
The student’s name has not been publicized by the institution since law enforcement is in the process of notifying next of kin.
Cal Poly administrators noted in their message that “often in circumstances such as this one, the institution takes great care in first contacting the student’s family to provide our complete support, while also clarifying the facts that led to their passing with the right authorities.” “Although that procedure is in progress, it is not yet finished. As a result, we are unable to offer any additional information, including any personally identifiable information about the student, at this time.”
“We do want to address the impact this news may have on individuals who knew the student and are already aware of their loss, as well as those who have received news about a student’s death,” Armstrong wrote in his note.
Students who may have been affected by the tragedy were asked to seek support from their family, friends, classmates, department staff, campus offices, or spiritual communities, according to the note.
On-campus counseling is also available at Cal Poly. Call 805-756-2511 to make an appointment for students.
Cal Poly’s Employee Assistance Program, according to the university, provides confidential counseling services to all Cal Poly employees and their families. Call 800-367-7474 to chat with a counselor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.