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Honoring a fallen Eagle

Monday, July 8, 2013

Dear UNT community,

As we begin our work week, I ask you to take a moment to remember the life of a young UNT student who died on our campus during the long holiday weekend. We learned on July 4 that the deceased student, Jonathan Huey, was found in a secure data center in the General Academic Building shortly before noon that day. He was employed as a student-employee technician by the UNT System Information Technology Shared Services. Jonathan also was a general studies major in the College of Arts and Sciences.

According to the UNT Police Department, there appears to be no evidence or indication of foul play involved in the student’s death. The UNT Police Department is finalizing their investigation, and the Tarrant County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of his death.

I am deeply saddened by this student’s death and reminded that life is incredibly precious, and sometimes fragile. I ask that you join me in offering sympathy to Jonathan’s family and friends, and especially to the UNT students who knew him. I encourage you to take advantage of the resources we have on campus for quiet reflection and for help if you need it.  And I ask all of our faculty and staff members to assist our students, who may be in need.

The health and safety of our university community members, especially students, is a top priority. Free counseling services are provided to UNT students through the university’s Counseling and Testing Services. Short-term counseling services for UNT employees are provided through the university’s Employee Assistance Program.

In a community the size of UNT’s, deaths of our family members – students, faculty and staff members, and alumni – happens, regrettably, with some frequency. Students who pass while enrolled are honored by a UNT flag flying at half-staff for seven days at the Student Memorial Flag area on the south library lawn. The flag flown in their honor is then presented to their family by the Office of the Dean of Students. UNT also honors all members of our university family who have passed on during the year at the annual Flight Memorial ceremony, which is held every April.

Thank you for your compassion and kindness.


V. Lane Rawlins

UNT President

Posted on: Mon 08 July 2013

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