AUSG sent the following email to students after the campus community learned on Friday morning of the death of AU first-year student Kenneth Clarke.
This morning, our community was notified of the passing of Kenneth Clarke, a first-year student in SIS and a beloved friend and colleague.
Our community is grieving. Kenneth was the very definition of what makes American University a great institution and a great community. He was involved in a religious group, as the son of Methodist pastors. He was a member of Delta Phi Epsilon, the foreign service fraternity. And perhaps most importantly, he was a friend-- to his floormates, to his classmates, and to everyone he came to know during his time here.
How you process this tragic news and choose to grieve is a decision that ultimately rests with you. We are all impacted by death differently, and whatever path you decide to take in this time is valid.
It is important to take time for yourself right now. Check in with your loved ones and remember that you are not alone in what you are experiencing. Remember you are valued, needed, and loved.
The Counseling Center and the Office of the Dean of Students both have daily drop in hours from 2-4pm, and Chaplains in Kay Spiritual Life Center are always available either in the Chapel or downstairs in the offices.
Our hearts go out to Kenneth’s family and friends in this difficult time. Know that we, as fellow students and as student leaders, are here to support you in any way we can-- from taking the time to reach out to those affected on campus to accompanying students to University resources.
Rest in peace, Kenneth.