"We at Notre Dame and Ultimately I, as President Are Responsible. Words Cannot Express Our Sorrow to the Sullivan Family and to All Involved." the Rev. John Jenkins, University of Notre Dame President NotreDameapology

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"We at Notre Dame and Ultimately I, as President Are Responsible. Words Cannot Express Our Sorrow to the Sullivan Family and to All Involved." the Rev. John Jenkins, University of Notre Dame President NotreDameapology


Byline: Bob Susnjara bsusnjara@dailyherald.com

University of Notre Dame's president has taken responsibility for the death of a Long Grove student that occurred when a hydraulic lift he was on toppled in heavy wind.

Declan Sullivan, 20, was working for Notre Dame as videographer and filming a football practice when he died Oct. 27. His death remains under investigation by the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

In an e-mail sent to students, faculty, alumni and others Friday afternoon, the Rev. John Jenkins said the junior died in a tragic accident while in Notre Dame's care and that he's profoundly sorry for what happened.

"We are conducting an investigation and we must be careful not to prejudge its results, but I will say this: Declan Sullivan was entrusted to our care, and we failed to keep him safe," Jenkins wrote. "We at Notre Dame and ultimately I, as president are responsible. Words cannot express our sorrow to the Sullivan family and to all involved."

Michael Miley, an uncle and Sullivan family spokesman, declined to comment on Jenkins' e-mail. He added the family is awaiting the preliminary results of OSHA's investigation.

Indiana OSHA spokesman

Marc Lotter could not be reached for comment.

Jenkins said in the e-mail that he's been with the Sullivan family during the past week and tried to provide support to Declan's parents, sister, brothers and others. Declan's sister, Wyn, is a Notre Dame freshman.

"Many Notre Dame faculty, staff and students also have reached out to offer their assistance," Jenkins said. …

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