Head of University of Canterbury vows to leave 'no questions left unanswered' following student death

The head of the University of Canterbury (UC) has spoken out about the death of a student in a halls of residence.

His body was discovered on Monday night at the Sonoda Christchurch Campus, and reportedly went unnoticed for weeks.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey is promising to abide by recommendations made in an independent investigation.

Speaking at a media conference on Thursday, Prof de la Rey said the university will do "everything that we can, to ensure no question is left unanswered, and that we do everything in our power to ensure this never happens again.''

A student from another of the university's halls told Newshub it was devastating, and could have happened to anyone.

"It's not the fault of UC at all - UC's a great place to be," said the student, who did not wish to be named. "But I wish that there was more support within the halls."

Campus Living Villages, which manages the Sonoda Christchurch Campus, says it's owed to the man and his family to find out what happened. 

"The loss of any life is tragic and the loss of a young life in such circumstances is heart-rending," managing director John Schroder said.

"If something needs to change in the way we operate our services - my assurance is [that] we will do it.

"We can never eliminate risk, but we can, and we must do all we can to minimise it."

A police investigation is continuing and anyone with information is urged to call 105.


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