UO apologizes for insensitive statement about a student's death

University of Oregon apologizes for the insensitive tone in a statement released about a student's death.

Posted: May. 20, 2018 11:55 AM
Updated: May. 20, 2018 12:01 PM

EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon has apologized for its statement released Saturday night regarding a student who died in Northern California.

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Saturday morning, 21-year-old Dylan Pietrs, was found not breathing by fellow students at Lake Shasta. Pietrs was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, which was taking part in the annual Shasta Weekend.

Late Saturday night, the University issued a statement online that read:

"It is important to point out that this tragedy is connected to an unauthorized tradition among many college students. Students from many institutions have a history of demonstrating poor life choices during visits to Lake Shasta. These activities are contrary to the values of the university and fraternity and sorority organizations."

Overnight, the statement was taken down and replaced with a new one from the Division of Student Life that read in short:

"The death is tragic, and the university offers its deepest sympathy to family and friends of Dylan and the communities he was a part of at the University of Oregon.

It is our understanding that UO students are returning from Lake Shasta early in light of this terrible event. We encourage our students to seek out counseling support from the University Counseling and Testing Center if they are affected by this tragic event. The dean of students' office also has drop-in hours from 1-5 p.m. each business day in Oregon Hall.

Please join us in offering our sincere condolences to all affected by this incident."

The University also issued a statement via Twitter on Sunday morning that apologized for the insensitive nature of the original statement.

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