Notre Dame Releases Report on Student's Death

'No one acted in disregard for safety' leading up to Declan Sullivan's death, administrators said Monday

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    Notre Dame president Rev. John Jenkins said Monday, "no one acted in disregard for safety" leading up to Declan Sullivan's death. (Published Monday, Apr 18, 2011)

    Notre Dame University administrators on Monday released the results of its internal investigation into the death of a student videographer.
     
    Declan Sullivan, 20, of Long Grove, was shooting video of football practice from atop a hydraulic scissor lift  when he fell last October during a windstorm. The National Weather Service reported wind gusts exceeded 50 mph at the time of the accident.

    Schools officials said Monday that "no one acted in disregard for safety" leading up to Sullivan's death, and the school "reacted on the best information available at the time."

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    Several hundred students packed into the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the University of Notre Dame campus Thursday night in a Mass of Remembrance for Declan Sullivan. (Published Thursday, Oct 28, 2010)

    Last month, Indiana’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined the university $77,500, saying the school was not following safety guidelines that could have saved Sullivan. 

    The university disagreed with part of the ruling and recently filed a notice of contest to give the school more time to discuss the ruling among administrators and with IOSHA.

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    Athletic Direct Jack Swarbrick described the weather as "unremarkable" as he made the journey from his office to the practice field, until a strong gust came through. (Published Thursday, Oct 28, 2010)

    Earlier this month, the university filed paperwork to appeal the ruling.

    Administrators expressed sympathy for Sullivan's family on Monday, saying that in the end, the school failed to keep him safe and "we will live with that for the rest of our lives."  

    Sullivan was a film student beginning his junior year.