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FARGO – Officials with North Dakota State University are investigating the death of a student after a body was found on campus for the second time this school year.

A university spokesperson said Wednesday, Jan. 10, that NDSU police reported that the body of a deceased student was found in a private room in Matthew Living Learning Center West, an on-campus student apartment near the NDSU Wellness Center.

The spokesperson wouldn’t say what time the body was discovered, and the identity of the student was being withheld. Staff and students were notified of the incident Wednesday, the spokesperson added, but no further details were available.

It’s the second time this school year that the NDSU community has been alerted of a death on campus and subsequent investigation.

In September, a 17-year-old boy died of natural causes in a dorm room.

Devin Delaney, a senior at Burnsville High School, was staying with a friend in NDSU's Sevrinson Hall on Sept. 17 when an abnormal heart rhythm brought on by inflammation, possibly from a virus, killed the teenager.

Freshman Emily Omvig said she was in Sevrinson Hall when the Cass County Coroner's Office arrived last semester.

“I didn’t know how to react,” she said.

She first heard of the most recent death on campus when her mother called from Bismarck around 5 p.m. Wednesday.

“I’m questioning if it’s a common occurrence, but I don’t think it is,” she said.

She said the news isn’t a good start to the second semester as students just returned from winter break on Monday, Jan. 8.

Junior Sam Karschnia, of Chaska, Minn., said he was “kind of surprised” to read the email from campus officials notifying them of the incident.

“Two years (at NDSU) and no one had passed away and this year two passed away on campus,” he said.

NDSU Student Body President Mason Wenzel said in an email to The Forum that “the passing of any student is always painful to the entire community and we can only hope that the family (of the student) will be strong after this loss.”

University officials say there is no indication of foul play or threat to public safety.