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School of Professional Advancement student dies

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School of Professional Advancement student Jacob “Jay” Sibley died Thursday, May 11 of an apparent suicide.

Suri Duitch, School of Professional Advancement dean and vice president for academic innovation, sent out an email Monday informing students and community members of Sibley’s death.

Sibley started at the School of Professional Advancement in fall of 2016, where he studied homeland security and applied computing programs. He was 29 years old and a veteran of the United States Air Force.

A memorial service for Sibley was held Tuesday. Students seeking counseling can contact a Student Affairs professional 24/7 at 504-920-9900. The Line is also available at 504-264-6074. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline can be reached at 800-273-8255.

Warning signs for suicide include talking about feeling trapped, withdrawing or feeling isolated, talking about feeling hopeless and displaying extreme mood swings. If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide, do not leave the person alone, and seek help from a medical or mental health professional.

 The Hullabaloo follows the Code of Ethics on Suicide Reporting


2 Responses to “School of Professional Advancement student dies”

  1. Meg on May 19th, 2017 6:10 pm

    I’m glad you felt it nessissary to include in your report how Jacob died. did you even take into account how his family might feel about this? His little brothers or mother who are chin deep in the throws of grief? I understand why you felt like you needed to communicate it but I wish you would have done so without the coldness that this short story conveyed. He had a story and if you want to make an impact with students about suicide… tell it. Don’t bother emailing back. Just be more respectful to his memory.


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School of Professional Advancement student dies