UMass student killed in fall from science building on campus

James Tilley was a senior from NH majoring in Physics

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – A UMass senior from New Hampshire died early Friday morning after he fell from a fourth floor window of the Hasbrouck Laboratory building.

University of Massachusetts spokesman Ed Blaguszewski told 22News that the student was killed in the fall from the window shortly after 2:00 a.m. Friday.

Senior UMass Associate Dean of Students Dr. David Vaillancourt sent out a notice Friday informing the campus community of a loss they had suffered. Part of Dr. Vaillancourt’s message read:

It is with sadness that I write to inform you of the death of James Tilley. James passed away on Friday, February 5, 2016. James was from Windham, NH, a senior majoring in Physics with a Math minor, a member of the Commonwealth Honors College, served as a tutor, and was a member of the Society of Physics Students.

The emailed message went on to express condolences to the victim’s family, and to list various on-campus resources available to students seeking comfort or counseling.

“Cause of death will be determined by the State Medical Examiner,” Ed Blaguszewski told 22News.

The university is offering the following resources for students, faculty, and staff:

  • Center for Counseling and Psychological Health – (413) 545-2337, 127 Hills North
  • Office of Religious and Spiritual Life – (413) 545-9642, 416 Student Union
  • Dean of Students Office – (413) 545-2684, 227 Whitmore
  • Faculty and Staff Assistance Program – (413) 545-0350, Ground Floor, 202-205 Middlesex House

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