A dead body was discovered in front of the Central Classroom Building at approximately 4 p.m. Sunday.
San Jose State Police Department (UPD) Captain Alan Cavallo said the man’s age, identity and cause of death are unknown. He added there is speculation that the individual was a homeless transient who died naturally, meaning he was a member of the San Jose community who just happened to die on campus.
The only possessions found on the man were his clothing and food.
Captain Cavallo alsosaid that the body showed no signs of foul play, so there is no speculation of homicide or murder.
“It’s very shocking,” English senior Noemi Corona said. “But at the same time, we always receive alerts for anything going on on campus. Sometimes things that are very minor, so it seems crazy to me that they wouldn’t send us an alert regarding that.”
Corona was not the only student concerned about the lack of notification from the school.
“I think they do a good job with notifications,” engineering sophomore Adrian Cruz said. “I actually rely on them to know if areas are safe. They usually do a pretty good job, but this one instance threw me off guard. There could have been a person that caused a person to die. It is kind of a threat, so this shocks me as a student that lives near campus.”
UPD sends emergency notifications if an incident either shows some kind of imminent and present danger to the community or if it is falls under the Clery Act.
The Clery Act, formally known as The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, requires colleges and universities participating in federal financial aid programs to disclose and record crime information on or near campus.
Because there was no evidence supporting a crime in this case, it did not fall under the Clery Act.
“What if it was somebody I knew?” Corona said. “I’d like to know in case it was. Him possibly being homeless makes me wonder if it just wasn’t worth making an alert.”
Corona also feels that an SJSU alert would have informed students who came across the body what was going on and what resources were available.
“Stuff gets around pretty fast on social media nowadays,” Cruz said. “I saw on Twitter that there was [a] deceased body found here. You would expect we would get notifications on our phones and to be advised or be aware, but instead people had to find out through social media, which surprised me.”
Captain Cavallo said this is what is known as a coroner’s case, because there is no information regarding the body and it is up to the coroner’s office to discover more information. UPD had no further information on the case.
This was the eighth body of the day for the coroner’s office, according to Captain Cavallo,and it could take days or weeks for the body to be identified. The coroner’s office may or may not inform UPD of any additional information it gathers.