Student in Snell Library found unresponsive in apparent suicide


Emergency services were called to Snell Library Dec. 15 after a student was found unresponsive. Photo courtesy Grace Barrett.

Marta Hill and Sarah Barber

Content warning: Discussion of suicide.

Editor’s note: The Huntington News wants students to know Northeastern University and elsewhere provide mental health resources for students.

  • University Health and Counseling Services (UHCS): [email protected], 617-373-2772, Forsyth Building, 1st Floor
  • 24/7 Mental Health Support: for students by phone (FIND@Northeastern) – 877-233-9477 (U.S.), 781-457-7777 (international)
  • Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday Dec. 15, a student was found unresponsive in Snell Library and pronounced dead in what appears to be a suicide, Northeastern spokesperson Shannon Nargi said in an email statement to The News. 

The Northeastern University Police Department, or NUPD, is working closely with the Boston Police Department, which has jurisdiction over the investigation.

“The university is making counseling and other mental health services available to everyone in the university community who needs support,” the email statement read. “Because this tragic incident is the subject of an ongoing investigation, the university will have no further comment at this time.”

The campus community was notified of the emergency situation via an Instagram post and a tweet from NUPD, which asked that the area be avoided until further notice. Around 3 p.m., NUPD gave the all clear and reopened the fourth floor of Snell Library. 

This is a developing story that will be updated. If you have any information about this incident, please reach out to The Huntington News at [email protected].

Editors note: A previous version of this story misstated how students were notified of the emergency. The story was updated Thursday, Dec. 16 at 11:45 a.m. to correct this error.