NIU student dies in Patterson Hall


Northern Star Staff

An NIU student died at approximately 1 p.m. Friday at Patterson Hall, according to an official university statement.

DeKALB – An NIU student died at approximately 1 p.m. Friday at Patterson Hall, located in the Fanny Ruth Patterson Complex, according to an official university statement sent to the Northern Star.

The student’s name has not been confirmed by the Northern Star at this time. The cause of death is currently unknown.

NIU Police and paramedics from the DeKalb Fire Department responded to a 911 call regarding an unconscious student. Paramedics attempted life saving measures before the student died, according to the university statement.

“As is typical in such circumstances, the matter is being investigated by the NIU police in conjunction with the DeKalb County coroner. Officials do not believe foul play was involved,” according to NIU.

NIU will not be disclosing the student’s identity until the parents of the deceased have had the opportunity to notify friends and family.

For those experiencing grief due to the loss of a classmate, friend or family member, resources at NIU are available to help.

On campus support services include Counseling and Consultation Services, which provides individual and group counseling after an initial screening, in addition to 24/7 support by phone at 815-753-1206.

The Northern Star will update this story as information becomes available.