University mourns Cameron Lewis Bruce: foul play not suspected
The first year student who died on campus this week was 18 year old Cameron Lewis Bruce of Westport, Connecticut.
“Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to Cameron’s family and friends,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “On behalf of the university, I wish to express deepest sympathies for their loss. Students are encouraged to take advantage of all of the resources and supports available. We will keep the university informed as the police investigation continues.”
An autopsy was performed today in Ottawa and police have confirmed that foul play is not suspected. There is no indication that the residence and campus communities are at risk.
Counsellors have been working extensively over the last two days with students on Cameron’s floor, those who knew him and have been affected by his death, as well as with residence dons, family and friends. Counsellors will continue to provide support across campus and in the community in the coming days.
“We have put all the necessary resources in place to support our students as they work through their feelings,” says University Chaplain Brian Yealland. “For some students, this may be their first experience with a sudden loss and it’s important that they reach out to each other, and their families and seek the support they need.”
Students are encouraged to contact Health, Counselling and Disability Services at 613-533-6000 ext. 78264 or come to the LaSalle Building at 146 Stuart Street. After hours, students can call Campus Security 24/7 at 613-533-6080.
The Peer Support Centre is also available for students seeking a safe and confidential listening space to talk with trained peer counsellors. The Centre is temporarily operating out of room 215 in the JDUC in the AMS Club Space. Appointments can be booked by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or students can drop in between 3 pm and 1 am.
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