Lavender '10 found dead on FSP

by The Dartmouth Staff | 12/14/08 5:54pm

Cody Lavender, a member of the Class of 2010, died early Sunday morning while studying at the University of Edinburgh on the Dartmouth religion Foreign Study Program, according to College officials.

An article in The Scotsman, a Scottish newspaper, reported that Lavender fell from the fourth-floor balcony of one of the university's residence halls early Sunday morning. Paramedics from the Scottish Ambulance Service responded to students' calls to the building at around 1 a.m. Lavender died from his injuries at the scene, The Scotsman reported.

Police told The Scotsman that Lavender's death was not being treated as suspicious.

University of Edinburgh Security Services declined to comment when contacted by The Dartmouth on Sunday. Calls to the University's press office and the U.S. consulate in Edinburgh were unanswered as of 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Sunday.

Lavender, a 20-year-old native of Tucson, Ariz., studied religion and women and gender studies at the College, according to his Facebook page. He was co-chair of Gender Sexuality XYZ, formerly the Gay-Straight Alliance, and served on the staff of Aporia, the College's philosophy journal.

In an e-mail to the Dartmouth community on Sunday night, Dean of the College Thomas Crady said the College was reaching out to students on the FSP, and at the College, to offer counseling services.

The investigation into Lavender's death is ongoing and this article will be updated as more information becomes available.