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Rochester Review
March–April 2011
Vol. 73, No. 4

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University Reviews Policies Following Student Death

Sue Stewart, University general counsel and senior vice president, is leading a College-wide review of policies and procedures following the stabbing death of Jeffrey Bordeaux ’12, who died Jan. 15 from wounds he suffered during a fight on the Fraternity Quad.

Fellow student Daren Venable ’12 has been charged with second-degree murder in the case. In late February, Venable was released from the Monroe County Jail after posting $50,000 in bail. Neither student had a record of disciplinary issues at the University.

Noting that the incident appeared to be isolated, President Joel Seligman asked Stewart to undertake the internal review, asking her to make recommendations if policy changes are warranted.

Stewart is expected to complete her review later this spring.

Bordeaux, a political science major from the Rochester suburb of Brighton, was remembered at a January memorial service at Aenon Missionary Baptist Church in Rochester. A vigil for Bordeaux was held at the Interfaich Chapel the night of the stabbing, and a campuswide discussion of his death was scheduled for early March.

Venable was scheduled to return from his Brooklyn home in March for a court date.

For more about the incident, visit the website at bordeaux.