Student Death at U
What: Student death at U
Contacts: Robert Jones, interim vice president for Student Development,
(612) 521-1302; Amy Phenix, University News Service, (612) 625-8510
(02/19/2001) —A University of Minnesota student, Jonathan Thielen, died early this morning (Feb. 17), apparently from alcohol-related asphyxiation. Thielen, of Fridley, was a freshman in General College. His family has been notified.
"We are all saddened by Jonathan's tragic death and our prayers go out to his family," said Robert Bruininks, executive vice president and provost.
University police and paramedics were called with a report of an unconscious student at Bailey Hall on the Twin Cities/St. Paul campus at approximately 11 a.m. today. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner declared Thielen dead at the scene.
The initial police investigation has determined that at least seven students, including Thielen, were drinking beer in the residence hall and Thielen fell asleep about midnight. When they awoke in the morning, Thielen was not breathing and a student called 911. The University of Minnesota Police Department has opened an investigation into the incident. Thielen was not a resident of Bailey Hall.
University policy explicitly prohibits alcohol in residence hall rooms occupied by anyone under 21. This is the first-ever alcohol-related death in a residence hall on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. The university has made counseling services available to all students.