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Take a moment to reflect, says President Rawlins

President V. Lane RawlinsDec. 4, 2011

Dear UNT Community,

As you begin your work week, I ask you to take a moment to remember the young life that recently was lost on our campus. We learned Saturday (Dec. 3) night that Darwin Cox, 23, a young man who was participating with our students in Occupy Denton, was found dead in one of their tents.

Life is incredibly precious and fragile, and I am profoundly saddened by this tragic event. I ask that you join with me in offering sympathy for his family and friends. I encourage you to take advantage of the resources we have on campus for quiet reflection and for help if you need it.

While there is no official information available about the cause of death, investigators have initially indicated there does not appear to be any evidence of foul play. The UNT Police are investigating the death as well as the reports being made of drug and alcohol use in the encampment.

The university administration also is conducting an internal review of the situation because the health and safety of our students is a primary concern.

Thank you for your compassion.  


V. Lane Rawlins

UNT President

For your information:

  • Counseling for students is available through our Counseling and Testing Center, located in Chestnut Hall, 940-565-2741.
  • Counseling for faculty and staff is available through the Employee Assistance Program, 800-343-3822.
  • The Goolsby Chapel, located in Crumley Park, is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Posted on: Mon 05 December 2011

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