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Saginaw Valley State University closes campus, cites employee suicide

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Saginaw Valley State University is urging people to avoid the Science West building until further notice. (Photo from Brandon Palevich)

UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - UPDATE: READ THE STATMENT FROM THE UNIVERSITY BELOW.

Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) Police were alerted to a report of an SVSU employee threatening self-harm on Thursday, November 12.
University Police contacted the individual on campus just before 8 p.m. SVSU immediately alerted the campus community.
University Police sought aid from other law enforcement agencies, and police negotiators spoke with the individual throughout the night.
Despite those efforts, the employee died by suicide in the Science West building around 6:30 a.m. No students were involved in the incident and no one else was injured.
“We grieve over this loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the individual’s family,” said SVSU President Donald Bachand.

You can donate to the family of Dr. Gray, the man who lost his life here.

The school released the following statement:

The SVSU community is deeply saddened by Dr. Gray’s death. You may not have known Dr. Gray personally, but he was a Cardinal, and Cardinals come together to support one another in times of need.
The SVSU Foundation has established a fund to benefit Dr. Gray’s family, including his wife, Kristen, and their daughters, Juniper, 8, and Maeven, 5.
Your gift to the Dennis Gray Family Fund will be forwarded to the family to use as they wish.
Thank you for your contribution and for showing that Cardinals care.

This remains an ongoing investigation.

The Student Counseling Center is staffed to provide counseling services to students.

The campus community is trying to heal today after this incident. Hear from the campus community and and from the Suicide Resource and Response Network in the story below:


An SVSU student is making it his goal to spread kindness today after hearing the sad news:

Friday morning a heavy police presence remained at Saginaw Valley State University. Officials have closed the campus for the day.

See the latest update here:





Last night SVSU officials sent out a tweet about a person in distress at the Science West building. SVSU has confirmed that no students are involved in this incident.

Some students showed up Friday morning at Ryder Center, which is near the Science West building. They were turned away and told practices were canceled.

SVSU is asking students to stay away from Science West, Science East, Ryder Center, Pioneer Hall, and Zahnow Library. while this continues.

The university did say remote work and classes will continue.

A SWAT team, state police, and other law enforcement agencies remain on the scene.



When we get new information we will update this story.

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