SUNY New Paltz Student Found Dead on Campus Sunday
University police at SUNY New Paltz are investigating the death of a student found in his dorm room on Sunday.
The student was discovered by police after a 911 call on Sunday. Officials say that they do not believe foul play was involved, but still have not discovered a cause of death. The student was identified as a Biology major named Thomas O’Rourke from East Northport. O'Rourke was found unresponsive in his residence hall after police responded to the emergency call. No further information about the death has been released, pending an investigation.
Counselors and residence staff are making grief counseling available to all students. Meanwhile, the Medical Examiners Office is working with campus police on their investigation. Anyone who may have information about O'Rourke's death is asked to call (845) 257-2222.
"The death of a student is one of the most difficult issues a campus community can deal with, and this is a time to come together to support all who are affected by this loss, including the student's friends and family," said SUNY New Paltz President Donald P. Christian in a statement. "Our heartfelt condolences go out to Thomas O’Rourke’s family and to the students, faculty, and staff on campus who knew him."
There have been no announcements about classes or activities being cancelled because of the tragedy.