Letter from the editor: Why we’re reporting on SOC sophomore’s recent death

We have an obligation to seek out facts and avoid unnecessary harm

Letter from the editor: Why we’re reporting on SOC sophomore’s recent death

My deepest condolences go out to those of you who knew the School of Communication sophomore who died off campus Wednesday.

The death of a young student is devastating. Vice President of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence Fanta Aw announced Eli Weinstock’s death in an email Thursday. 

After contacting members of the American University community who knew Eli, reaching out to the University and obtaining a Metropolitan Police Department report, The Eagle published this article regarding his death.

The Eagle recognizes that deaths within the community have a large impact, and we plan to handle that fact delicately. Students can access the Counseling Center’s crisis intervention services at (202) 885-7979. Faculty and staff can receive support from an assistance program at (202) 885-2593.

It’s our job to seek out and present facts on significant matters pertinent to the University community. It’s also our job to reduce harm in the process. We will continue to have thoughtful conversations on how to report this story respectfully and accurately.

Those with lingering concerns about The Eagle’s coverage are welcome to contact me through my email address below.

We understand that members of the AU community are mourning the loss of Eli. We intend to approach this story in a way that does not add unnecessary harm to the pain many are feeling.

saustin@theeagleonline.com

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