Statement from
The Ohio State University

Dear University Community,

It is with profound sadness that the university learned the young man removed from Mirror Lake early this morning has passed away from his injuries.

“We are heartbroken over this horrible tragedy,” said President Michael V. Drake. “We have identified the young man as Austin Singletary, a third-year student from Dayton, Ohio. I know that the thoughts and prayers of all of us are with his family and loved ones. During this difficult time, counseling services will be made available throughout the holiday weekend for those who seek support.”

Counseling services for students are available here, or call 614-292-5766 to speak with an on-call counselor. Services for faculty and staff are available here, or call 1-800-678-6265.

In spite of significant efforts taken to make this event a safer one, this tragedy has occurred. We must come together and acknowledge that while this is a student-led tradition that has been passed down through the years, we cannot risk another tragedy. University leadership strongly agrees that we will work with our campus community to end this annual event.