Student Injured After Second Incident At RMIT University Tower In A Week
Emergency services rushed to a Melbourne university after a student was injured in the same building where another student died just days ago.
The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), in the city's CBD, confirmed a student was being tended to by responders after an incident on Thursday.
The university reassured those on campus that " no ongoing risk to students or staff", and that they were working with mental health providers to respond to the incidents.
"There was an incident in building 80 today and a student is currently being treated by emergency services," RMIT tweeted from its official account on Thursday afternoon.
"If you are worried about yourself or someone else, please know that support is available to you."
The university listed numerous support hotline numbers for students and staff:
RMIT did not elaborate on the circumstances leading up to the death, other than to say it occurred in the university's Building 80. That is known as the Swanston Academic Building.
"Swanston Academic Building is one of the newest and most iconic buildings of RMIT University and houses the College of Business," according to RMIT's website.
It comes just three days after a student died in another incident at the same building.
"We are working with Victoria Police to understand the nature of the incident, including further support for the individual’s family," the university said on Monday. Classes were cancelled and support provided for students and staff.
RMIT said that "emergency counselling staff is available on lvl 7, building 80" -- the same building where both incidents occurred -- and that the university was "working with Headspace to ensure staff and students continue to be supported and updated."
However, a number of RMIT students told 10 daily they were upset that the counselling was situated just a few floors down from where the student died on Monday.
In a Reddit comment thread on Thursday, one person purporting to be an RMIT student criticised the location of the counselling.
"The fact that all of the services RMIT list for students to get help from are in the same building is a joke. I get that it’s the main building but f**k that’s not ok," the person wrote.
On Facebook, another student said it was "bizarre and irresponsible" to hold counselling services in the same building.
A follow-up message from the university later advised that additional counselling would be offered at "Building 8, level 4 at the City Campus."
An RMIT student told 10 daily that a small memorial of flowers had been placed outside the building on Thursday afternoon.
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