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Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences student dies

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Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Salvador B. Mena sent a University-wide email today to announce the death of Umair Saleh, a School of Arts and Sciences senior.

Mena said Saleh joined Rutgers in the Fall 2015 semester. He was scheduled to graduate in January 2021 with a double major in philosophy and English and a minor in classical civilization, according to the email.

Saleh, a 23-year-old Edison native, was found in the Hudson River on July 4 at approximately 1 p.m. by Jersey City police officers, according to an article from NJ Advance Media. He was pronounced dead at 1:08 p.m., with the cause of death still being examined. Officers also found the body of an unnamed 22-year-old woman from Manhattan in the river earlier that day, at approximately 8 a.m.

Both the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office Homicide Unit and the Jersey City Police Department are investigating the deaths, according to the article.

Students seeking support can reach out to Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) to set up a remote phone or video appointment, Mena said, according to the email. Students can also reach out to the Dean of Students Office, the Multifaith Council, the National Crisis Text Line or hotlines such as the New Jersey Hopeline and Acute Psychiatric Services.

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