President's Office

Letter to the Campus Regarding the Death of Armando Villa

July 8, 2014


To the CSUN community:

I am sure many of you have now heard about the tragic passing of California State University, Northridge student Armando Villa, which has received coverage in local and national media.

The entire CSUN community grieves the heartbreaking loss of Armando, who recently completed his first year at the university. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends. Losing such a promising young life is deeply sorrowful.

Because this incident occurred at the Angeles National Forest, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the matter, and CSUN Police Services is working with the Sheriff’s Department on the investigation. As has been reported, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students William Watkins has issued a directive to the CSUN chapter of Pi Kappa Phi national fraternity to cease and desist all activities pending the outcome of this investigation.

We expect to learn more about this tragedy in the coming days and weeks and will determine whether any additional actions by the university are needed as we await the completion of the investigation by law enforcement and our internal review. Vice President Watkins will continue to coordinate support for those impacted by this tragedy, and he is already working closely with staff to oversee all necessary administrative reviews related to this incident.  The University Counseling Services is available this summer to assist any students needing counseling support. I encourage students, faculty and staff to call (818) 677-2366 for assistance as needed.   

I know the campus community will join me in supporting the family and honoring Armando’s memory during this time of grieving.

Dianne F. Harrison
California State University, Northridge