TROY, N.J. — Princeton University said Monday that it has acknowledged an error that led to a reported student death that has raised questions about how the school is handling the investigation.
Princeton University said that a student died at the school in January of a heart attack.
But the university says the student died of a seizure.
Principia University, the school that owns and operates the Princeton University Health System, said it was “reviewing the incident and will be providing additional information as needed.”
“While we are still learning more about this matter, we are committed to ensuring that every student who wishes to attend Princeton University has the opportunity to do so,” the university said in a statement.
The university has been struggling to contain a spike in student deaths at its campuses, particularly at Trinity University in New Jersey, where Princeton has about 1,300 students.
Last year, the hospital admitted more than 700 students, a number that has remained relatively stable.
Principle College, another of the schools that operates Princeton University, has been under fire for its handling of its investigation of the death of a Princeton student.
Principal of Princeton College, Professor of English Richard Epstein, told NBC News last week that the university did not follow proper procedures in its investigation into the death.
Princetons student deaths have been on the rise for years, and the school has been accused of covering them up.
The Associated Press reported that the New Jersey Attorney General’s office launched a criminal investigation into Princeton University in September, citing the death in January and the lack of an autopsy report.
The attorney general’s office said it found the university had been failing to follow its own policies and procedures to prevent a spike of student deaths.