Updated 10:58 p.m.
A Columbia College student died this weekend.
Dean of Student Affairs Kevin Shollenberger confirmed the death of Tian Bu, CC ’13, Sunday evening.
Bu, who went by Tina, was from Greenville, S.C., and was studying psychology. She was actively involved in a Bible study group on campus and had a passion for writing, art, and music, according to an email Shollenberger sent to students.
“It is always very tragic when we lose a member of our community,” Shollenberger told Spectator.
Richard Eichler, executive director of Health Services, urged members of the community to reach out to Counseling and Psychological Services.
“People react to a tragedy in a host of different ways. People who are closer to someone who is deceased are more likely to have a very strong reaction,” compared to those who are less acquainted, Eichler said.
“There is no right way or wrong way to grieve,” he said. “Some people need to throw themselves back into life very quickly. … Other people need to take pause and take a little time to process what’s happened.”
“People should feel that they get support,” he added.
Staff members from CPS were meeting with Bu’s friends and residents of River Hall, where Bu lived.
The death is being investigated as a possible suicide, Shollenberger said.
According to Shollenberger, Bu was discovered dead after a concerned friend was unable to reach her and contacted Bu’s resident adviser, who set into motion the University’s emergency response system.
“My advice to any member of the community, when you don’t have a person to speak to within your ordinary support network, come and speak with us,” Eichler said. “Or it could be the clergy, it could be an adviser, it could be a coach, whoever you’re comfortable with. It’s better to seek help than not.”
Students can contact Counseling and Psychological Services at 212-854-2878 or 212-854-9797. The office will hold evening hours throughout the week.
Students can also contact Columbia–Barnard Nightline, an anonymous peer counseling hotline, from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. nightly at 212-854-7777; the Center for Student Advising at 212-854-6378; the Office of the University Chaplain at 212-854-1493; and Barnard's Rosemary Furman Counseling Center at 212-854-2092.