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University of Toronto is taking steps to prevent more suicides on campus

The University of Toronto has installed temporary barriers at the Bahen Centre after a student died on Friday evening. 

The death, which marks the third death to occur in the building within the last two years, according to The Varsity, has sparked discussion regarding the U of T's culture surrounding student suicide. 

The Bahen Centre, which houses the information technology, computer science, and some engineering faculties, reopened on Sunday after the incident with the new barriers and a memorial, where people can leave messages. 

"Historically, U of T has been hesitant to acknowledge on-campus student deaths," wrote Andy Takagi, a writer for The Varsity. 

According to U of T, they had been working with architects to design permanent safety measures for the Bahen Centre since last spring. A more permanent solution is expected to be installed this fall, says the school. 

The second death to happen at the Bahen Centre ocurred this March, prompting a silent student-led protest outside Simcoe Hall. 

Many students have expressed disappointment in the faculty's reaction to the deaths, the first of which happened last year in June. 

There are calls for better mental health supports on campus. People are also wondering why the platform from which three students jumped remained unfenced for so long. 

Lead photo by

Jiejing Zhou


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