BYU raises temporary barriers in Tanner Building following woman’s death

December 14, 2018

After a tragic death on Dec. 3 at Brigham Young University’s N. Eldon Tanner Building, officials have taken steps to ensure the safety of students there.

Crews put up new wood and metal barrier walls earlier this week in the building’s atrium along walkways on the third and fourth floors. A 19-year-old woman fell from the fourth floor of the building and took her own life, according to Lt. Steve Messick with the BYU University Police. She succumbed to her injuries Dec. 4.

The walls in the building are temporary, according to Todd Hollingshead, university spokesman, but are part of a plan to install a permanent barrier there to prevent falls.

“The temporary walls will be up through the end of the semester, until we determine the changes needed there. We’re reviewing the best options for student safety,” he said.

Thursday was the last day of classes for BYU’s fall semester. Finals start Saturday and run through Dec. 20.

The atrium is an extension added to the west side of the Tanner Building in 2008, Hollingshead said.

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