Hana Staub, a master’s degree candidate in the School of Social Work with a background in community service, died on May 31.
Her father, Jacob Staub, said she committed suicide. She was 25.
“We do not want to hide this,” he said. “It has become an epidemic.”
Officers from the Carrboro Police Department were sent to check on her on May 29 after receiving warning, said Sgt. Chris Atack.
She was transported to UNC Hospitals after the police checked her residence, he said.
Staub began the Master’s program in the School of Social Work at the University this summer.
She graduated from Warren Wilson College in Asheville with a double major in psychology and social work in 2008, said Cathy Kramer, dean of service learning at Warren Wilson.
She said Staub was a student leader on campus.
“She was an excellent student,” Kramer said.