The following statement was released by Gina H. Thurman, assistant dean of student life.
I am very sad to report that student Emily P. Smith, a sophomore anthropology major from Augusta, GA, has passed away. The death of any student is tragic, and our hearts are broken today. Understandably, many students, faculty, and staff have been affected by her death, and we will work with our dedicated team of professionals within the University Counseling Center to address the emotional needs of university community. If you would like to speak with a counselor, I encourage you to stop by or contact the University Counseling Center to set up an appointment. There are appointments available in regards to this loss.
The thoughts and prayers of the whole university family are with the families and friends of the student.
Gina H. Thurman, MEd
Assistant Dean of Student Life