Student found dead in Claremont McKenna College dorm room

Public safety officers and Claremont McKenna College officials stand outside Phillips Hall Tuesday. (Kellen Browning • The Student Life)

CW: Student death

A Claremont McKenna College student was found dead Tuesday morning in his dorm room in Phillips Hall, CMC President Hiram Chodosh wrote in an email to the CMC community.

The student was identified in the email as Jeremy Peterson, who entered CMC with the class of 2018, but was still taking classes, CMC spokesperson Peter Hong said.

“We are in contact with Jeremy’s family and have conveyed our deepest condolences on behalf of the CMC community,” Chodosh wrote. “… We mourn our dear student and friend Jeremy. We must all be here for each other.”

The cause of death was not announced.

Chodosh encouraged students to reach out to the Dean of Students office, resident assistants, First Year Guides, faculty, administrators and coaches for support.

Vince Greer, director of the CARE Center, invited students via email to gather in Phillips Lounge Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. to “be in community and solidarity with fellow CMCers.” Pizza will be served.

Additionally, counselors are available Tuesday in the CARE Center until 8 p.m. and chaplains will be in Heggblade Center until 5 p.m., he wrote. The chaplains office in the McAlister Center will also be open for students Tuesday evening until 9 p.m.

On Wednesday, counselors will be in the CARE Center from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., according to the email. Staff can also call the Employee Assistance Program at 800-234-5465 for 24-hour support.

For students across the 5Cs, 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.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

This article was last updated at 4:11 p.m. to add information about support resources for students.

This article was updated to clarify Peterson’s class status.

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Hank Snowdon

Hank Snowdon CM '21 is an economics major with a data science sequence from Columbus, Ohio. He previously served as TSL's managing editor and as sports editor.

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