Saginaw Valley State University closed Friday after worker takes own life

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Saginaw Valley State University's campus closed Friday after an employee who had threatened to harm himself died by suicide, officials said.

Police for the university contacted the employee just before 8 p.m. Thursday and the school immediately alerted its campus community, they said.

Authorities brought in police negotiators who spoke to the employee through the night. However, officers found the man's body in the Science West building on campus  about 6:30 a.m. Friday.

Officials said no students were involved in the incident and no one else was injured. The incident is under investigation.

“We grieve over this loss," SVSU President Donald Bachand said in a statement Friday. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the individual’s family.”

The school issued an alert on its Twitter page about 8:20 p.m. Thursday that said the campus community should not go to the Science West wing in the Dow Doan Science Building due to a "public safety emergency."

About 10 p.m., another alert said university police were "responding to an individual in distress who is isolated in Science West. The campus community is instructed to avoid the building until further notice."

A second tweet early Friday repeated that there was an individual in distress and said no students were involved. The university asked students living on campus to avoid Science West, Science East, Ryder Center, Pioneer Hall and Zahnow Library buildings.

Meanwhile, university officials said Friday the college's Student Counseling Center would be staffed to provide counseling services to students. The school also offers counseling services to staff through its Employee Assistance Program.