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UTSC mourns death of student

Dear Students,

It is with much sadness that I write to inform you of the tragic and sudden death of  Karthia Guruparan Balasubramaniam who was a fourth year management student.

Karthia  was struck down by a motor vehicle on March 24 at the intersection of Murison Boulevard and Sheppard Avenue East while on her way home from UTSC.

As you can well imagine this is devastating news for Karthia's parents, family and friends, some of whom are students here at UTSC.

The university and our campus community are reaching out to honour the memory of Karthia. On Wednesday, flags on all three campuses will be flown at half mast for the day.

In addition, a book of condolence will be available Wednesday through Friday in the Department of Management at the front desk on the second floor between 9-5pm. A second book will be available at the office of the SCSU from tomorrow through Friday April 1. A special memorial being planned by the university will also take place at a later date that is convenient for the family and close friends.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so on Wednesday, March 30 at 11am, or on Saturday April 2 at 4pm, at Elgin mills Cemetery, 1591 Elgin Mills Road (south east corner of Leslie Street and Elgin Mills Road, Richmond Hill).

Viewings: Wednesday, March 30 12-3pm and Saturday, April 2 from 5-9pm

The funeral and cremation takes place on Sunday, April 3 from 9:30-11:30am.

In conclusion it is important to remember that times like these can prove to be very difficult for some to get through,particularly those who have been in a close relationship with the deceased, or have been uniquely touched by Karthia's sudden and unexpected passing.

For any student where this is the case, counselling is available through Health and Wellness services located on the second floor of the student centre, and I would encourage you to consider this an important support to you.


Desmond Pouyat

Dean of Student Affairs

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