University of Iowa Suicide – What Happened at Uiowa Mayflower?

A student at the University of Iowa, Mayflower Hall of Residence reportedly committed suicide – what exactly happened?

There is an ongoing search to find out more about a suspected suicide at the University of Iowa.

Reports of this disturbing incident started emerging online on Wednesday.

However, a quick search on the web has very little details about the suspected suicide, with neither University authorities or police making any official statements.

This has made finding out what went down particularly challenging but our job here is often to find out details about incidents of which there is very little public information and we do exactly that in this article.

Let’s dive right in below.

University of Iowa suicide

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A student at the University of Iowa committed suicide in recent days.

The student, reportedly a resident of Mayflower, was found dead after a ‘successful suicide’, according to comments left on the Uiowa subreddit.

As mentioned already, authorities are refusing to release any information at this time, making the reddit post the sole source of information we can find online for this article.

The post, shared on Wednesday, April 3rd, is titled: “Police at Mayflower”

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“Does anyone know why the police were at mayflower on the 8th Floor?? They were telling people they couldn’t enter or exit the elevator on the 8th floor,” the OP (or original poster) queried.

The first reply to the post revealed the news – that a University of Iowa student had committed suicide.

“From what I have heard. A successful suicide. Nothing offical yet, but reports of the medical examiner at Mayflower. An awful day for the University if true. Of course currently it is just what I have heard from people living at Mayflower. Prayers for all involved,” the reply said.

Another reply provided more details, specifically that there was a heavy police presence at the University.

The reply said: “My friend saw 5 cop cars and the medical examiner van in the parking lot on her way home, we were wondering what it was,”

Another comment called for decorum surrounding the issue, writing: “I hope we can all be mature enough to keep the comments to a minimum. Respecting the family and friends, please,”

At the moment, this is precisely the extent of information about this incident that is available online.

We await the official communications from authorities – either the University officials or police – to clarify this information.

Based on some previous incidents, we have to mention it is not guaranteed that the University would ever address this incident.

Mental health Uiowa

Success, not Excess

According to posts on the UIowa website, a few mental health programs exist on campus.

One particular known as Success, Not Excess, is designed to “provide a small, safe and supportive space for UI students wanting to make or considering changes in their alcohol or other drug use.

“The group emphasizes success in academics, relationships, mental and physical health, and other goals through reducing alcohol and other drug use,”

Mayflower Hall

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The University of Iowa suicide is reported to have occurred at the Mayflower Hall.

According to the University, the Mayflower Residence Hall is home to 1,032 residents and is located on the east side of campus.

Mayflower hall hosts Mayflower Market, lounge/study spaces and a fitness center. Additionally, this hall features suite-style rooms with in-suite kitchens and bathrooms.

Per the latest update on the University’s website, there are plans to sell Mayflower Hall as part of a five year plan to upgrade its housing system.

According to the Office of Strategic Communication of the University of Iowa: “Driven by research and feedback from its students, the University of Iowa is poised to make significant upgrades to its housing system in the next five years that will, in turn, improve student success and retention.

The primary projects include remodeling and modernization of Hillcrest and Burge residence halls; selling Mayflower Residence Hall; and building a new residence hall on the east side of campus primarily for second-, third-, and fourth-year students.

“We know that living on campus provides students with the educational, social, and cultural experiences that support their success,” says Sarah Hansen, vice president for student life.

“At Iowa, 89% of first-year students who live in the residence halls continue to their second year compared to 82% of students who live off campus. This five-year plan represents an efficient and effective use of our resources while improving outcomes for students.”

A preliminary draft of the UI’s Housing and Dining Five-Year Plan will be presented to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, on Wednesday, Feb. 22, as the university seeks the board’s approval to proceed with planning the future of its housing and dining system.

Building a new residence hall, planned for university-owned property within the east side residence hall neighborhood, will bring more students to the central campus and provide easier access to campus dining at nearby Burge and Catlett.

“Communal dining has a direct, positive correlation with student success, and it is one of the simplest and most fundamental things we can do for our students,” says Hansen.

“Offering central campus dining encourages students to make connections and develop relationships with each other and decreases isolation, especially for first-year students.”

Remodeling is in progress at Hillcrest and will continue into the 2023-24 academic year. Once the work at Hillcrest is complete, Mayflower would close as early as the end of the spring 2024 semester.

Primarily because of its distance from main campus, Mayflower is consistently the least-requested residence hall by students and has the most students who leave to move into another hall.

By moving more students to the main campus, the university aims to increase first- to second-year retention rates. Recent data show that first-year students who live in Mayflower are retained at lower rates than any other residence hall and have lower grade point averages.

Related – Chapman University student

A recent similar episode occurred at Chapman University in California.

An unidentified student of Chapman University reportedly took his own life in the most tragic of circumstances.

The student, whose name, age, course of details and other pertinent information was kept under wraps, was found dead in the Chapman Barrera Parking garage structure located on the school’s premises.

The death of the student was reported by several outlets who gave few details.

According to what we have been able to garner, the student is believed to have committed suicide, although authorities are yet to confirm any of this, much like in this case.

A check on the school’s social media pages reveal school authorities are yet to comment on the death.


The University of Iowa (UI, U of I, UIowa, or simply Iowa) is a public research university in Iowa City, Iowa, United States. Founded in 1847, it is the oldest university in the state.

The University of Iowa is organized into 12 colleges offering more than 200 areas of study and seven professional degrees.

On an urban 1,880-acre campus on the banks of the Iowa River, the University of Iowa is classified among “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity”.

In fiscal year 2021, research expenditures at Iowa totaled $818 million.

The university was the original developer of the Master of Fine Arts degree and it operates the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, which has produced 17 of the university’s 46 Pulitzer Prize winners.

Iowa is a member of the Association of American Universities, the Universities Research Association, and the Big Ten Academic Alliance.

Among public universities in the United States, UI was the first to become coeducational and host a department of religious studies; it also opened the first coeducational medical school.

The University of Iowa’s 31,000 students take part in nearly 500 student organizations.

Iowa’s 22 varsity athletic teams, the Iowa Hawkeyes, compete in Division I of the NCAA and are members of the Big Ten Conference. The University of Iowa alumni network exceeds 250,000 graduates.

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