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BYU student falls from 4th floor of atrium, police say

By Annie Knox, KSL | Updated - Dec 3rd, 2018 @ 7:23pm | Posted - Dec 3rd, 2018 @ 10:52am

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PROVO — A Brigham Young University student was hospitalized in critical condition Monday after falling from the fourth floor of an atrium on campus, police said.

BYU officials confirmed Monday evening the fall was an attempted suicide.

Officers were gathering information about how and why the woman fell shortly after 9 a.m. from the Tanner Building, part of the Marriott School of Business. Several people witnessed the fall, said BYU Police Lt. Steven Messick.

The woman was transported to Utah Valley Hospital, Messick said.

"We'll investigate thoroughly," he added. "It's terribly unfortunate."

Classes were in session Monday ahead of the university's winter break, which begins Dec. 13. The school has made counseling available for those who saw or were affected by the woman's fall, according to Messick.

The university closed the building and canceled classes there for the remainder of the day, saying in a tweet that the incident involving a student was "tragic."

BYU officials encouraged students who need help to reach out to the school's Counseling and Psychological Services, 1500 Wilkinson Student Center. Students can receive walk-in help there between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, officials said.

After hours, students can call campus police at 801-422-2222 to speak with an on-call counselor, officials said, or can call the Utah County Crisis Line at 801-691-5433.

Officials also reminded help is available through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 and on the SafeUT app.

Suicide Prevention Resources
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.

Crisis Hotlines

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Statewide/Salt Lake County Crisis Line: 801-587-3000
  • Utah County Crisis Line: 801-691-5433
  • Wasatch Mental Health Crisis Line: 801-373-7393
  • Trevor Project Hotline for LGBTQ teens: 1-866-488-7386

Online Resources


Editor's note: An earlier version called the school by its former name, the Marriott School of Management. It is now the Marriott School of Business.


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