Student critically injured on LSA

by Tara Kyle | 5/5/03 5:00am

A female Dartmouth student enrolled in the French department's Language Study Abroad program suffered serious burn injuries in a weekend hotel fire.

The student, currently undergoing treatment at a hospital in France, is in critical but stable condition, according to Dean of the College James Larimore.

Dartmouth administrators learned of the student's condition in the wee hours of Sunday morning and proceeded to put her parents and the LSA's faculty director in contact with support systems at Health Services, Off-Campus Programs and the Dean of the College Office.

At present, College officials are waiting for updates while trying to "offer as much helpful advice and assistance to the parents as we can," Larimore said.

French authorities are currently investigating the cause of the fire. The Dartmouth student is one of two persons believed to have sustained serious injuries in the incident; the other individual is not affiliated with the College.

Students enrolled in the LSA will reunite for morning classes today, at which point they will discuss the situation with the program's faculty director.

In a BlitzMail message to The Dartmouth, Larimore wrote that the student "has the love of her family and friends, and the support of her fellow students in France, to help her through this very difficult time."

No further details were available at press time.

The French LSA is offered three terms each year in Lyons, France.

Two other Dartmouth programs, the LSA+ in Toulouse and the Foreign Study Program in Paris, are currently being held in the country.