Cal Poly student dies early Sunday

Mustang Daily Staff Report

UPDATE (5:40 p.m.):

In an email to the Cal Poly community, administrators announced it was biological sciences sophomore Brandon Huang who died early Sunday while coming back to his on-campus Poly Canyon Village apartment.

University President Jeffrey Armstrong and Vice President of Student Affairs Keith Humphrey wrote “it is appropriate to recall what The Mustang Way asks of us — to embrace one another because ‘we are one community.’  We care about each member of our Cal Poly community, and our thoughts are with Brandon’s family and loved ones.”

The email added police have found no evidence of foul play, and Humphrey told Mustang Daily that Student Affairs staff do not know how Huang died.

“I wish we knew more and I know a lot of people want to know,” Humphrey said, “but I suggest instead we put that effort into supporting the friends and community.”

Humphrey, who is still in his first official week as Cal Poly’s vice president of student affairs, said losing a student is “absolutely the hardest thing to deal with.”

“All of us are here because we want to see students be healthy, safe and successful,” he said. “When things like this happen, it’s the hardest thing to deal with.”

Humphrey said university counselors have been at Poly Canyon Village during the day talking with affected students, including those closest to Huang. Students who need someone to talk to about Huang’s death can call the 24/7 counseling line, and will have priority at the on-campus counseling center when it opens tomorrow.


A Cal Poly student died early Sunday, according to a Cal Poly press release.

The University Police Department (UPD) received a call at 11:56 p.m. Saturday, stating that a 20-year-old male student was in need of medical treatment, according to the release. After officials arrived on the scene outside of Poly Canyon Village, UPD personnel initiated CPR, but the student remained unresponsive.

The student was then transferred to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, according to the release.

“We are saddened today to lose one of our own,” Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong said in the release.  “Our deepest condolences are with the family and loved ones.”

Check later for more information.


Garrett says:

This is heart breaking. My condolences to his family.