Student experiences medical emergency on Burnaby campus during class

BC Ambulance, Burnaby Fire Department, and RCMP were called to campus

(Anderson Wang / The Peak)

Written by: Amneet Mann, News Editor


On the evening of Wednesday, October 17, a student entered medical distress, prompting emergency personnel to be called to campus.

A faculty member and exam assistant notified Campus Public Safety after noticing the situation, according to Wan Yee Lok, SFU Communications and Marketing communications associate.

Lok informed The Peak via email that Campus Public Safety arrived at the scene in six minutes and called 911. They stated that the personnel from Campus Public Safety, who were equipped with an AED, began performing first aid on the student in distress while the other students in the class were evacuated from the classroom to another classroom.

The BC Ambulance and Burnaby Fire Department began managing the student’s treatment once they arrived at the scene. The RCMP was also present.

“Recognizing that this situation may have been difficult for the students in the classroom, Health & Counselling Services was alerted that evening and has resources available to provide supports to all involved,” wrote Lok. According to Lok, “the RCMP is in the process of contacting next of kin.”

Lok’s statement  did not provide any further details on the incident.

On October 20, a post on Reddit in the r/simonfraser subreddit was posted speaking to the incident. The post claimed that the students, who were in the middle of writing an exam when the incident occurred, were made to continue writing the exam in another room. The original post also claimed that the student who experienced medical distress passed away.

The Peak is conducting an ongoing investigation into this incident.


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