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April 6, 2018

American University Community
Fanta Aw, Vice President of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence
Notice of Student Death

Dear American University Family,

With deep sadness the Office of Campus Life informs the AU community of the death of Kenneth Clarke, a first-year student in the School of International Service and resident in Roper Hall. Kenneth died from the consequences of a severe traumatic brain injury and brain bleed sustained after being hit by a car last week.

We extend our sympathy to Kenneth’s family and friends and those in the AU community who knew him. Kenneth is remembered for all he gave to the community around him. His death leaves a great emptiness for his family and friends who knew his genuine compassion and kindness, and who knew firsthand his deep faith and commitment to serving others. The tremendous outpouring of support for him and his family in recent days is a testimony to the powerful effect Kenneth had on our university community in his all too short time with us.

For students affected by this tragedy, please remember that the Counseling Center offers drop-in hours Monday-Friday from 2-4 p.m. for confidential counseling services. The Dean of Students staff is also available for drop-ins on weekdays 2-4 p.m. to support students with concerns that affect their academic success. Faculty and staff may access support through the Faculty & Staff Assistance Program by calling 202-885-2593. Chaplains in the Kay Spiritual Life Center are available to assist community members as well.

The Counseling Center staff will be available from 12–2 p.m. today in Butler Conference Room A-B for those who need to be in community to grieve. All are welcome.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 8, at 4 p.m. in the Kay Chapel.

As we grieve the loss of a promising young student, please take time to be there for one another.

Fanta Aw
Vice President of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence