Content warning: Suicide, student death.
A Harvey Mudd College student was found dead in his dorm room Friday morning, according to an email sent to the students, staff and faculty from Harvey Mudd College president Maria Klawe. The student identified in the email was Lawrence Vuong HM ’21.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office determined Vuong’s death was suicide.
“The Harvey Mudd community mourns this loss tremendously,” Klawe wrote. “As always, our focus over the coming days and weeks will be on ensuring the safety and well-being of all members of our community as we process this devastating loss.”
Vuong was from Huntington Beach and hadn’t declared a major yet, HMC Director of Communications Judy Augsburger wrote in an email to TSL. Vuong spent his summer on campus working in the Facilities and Maintenance Office, Augsburger wrote.
Vuong’s death came on the day first-year students at HMC left for their orientation trips. Other HMC and Claremont Colleges students will be returning to campus from summer break this weekend for the coming academic year that begins Sept. 4.
For students across the Claremont Colleges, Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services is located in the Tranquada Student Services Center, while an on-call therapist is reachable 24/7 for after-hours support at 909-621-8202. Other resources are available through The Chaplain’s Office, along with through staff and faculty on campus.
TSL will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.
This article was last updated on Sept. 5 at 12:21 p.m.