Ninth USC's student died, phenomenon sending alarm throughout campus community.

29 days ago

California news.

The University of Southern California is investigating the death of its ninth student in three months, an alarming phenomenon on campus.

Three of the deaths occurred since Friday.

A 28-year-old student was found dead Monday in an off-campus housing unit by USC's public security staff, who were responding to a social assistance audit. The cause of death has not been revealed.

The day before, the university had sent a letter to students and parents, in which it recognized the eight deaths that have occurred among students since the end of August. said university president Carol Folt.

On the first death of the semester, freshman Matthew Olson, 18, was hit and killed on the highway as he walked between traffic lanes.

The university has about 47,000 deaths a year in the community, out of about 47,000 undergraduate and graduate students.