RMIT building shut down and classes cancelled following campus fatality

Melbourne university RMIT had to cancel classes and close down part of a building following a death at its inner city campus on Monday.

The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology warned students and the public to avoid the area around RMIT building 80, on Stewart Street, as authorities attended the scene.

“RMIT can confirm there has been an incident at our city campus in Building 80 ... which has resulted in a fatality,” the university said on social media.

“We are working with Victoria Police to understand the nature of the incident, including further support for the individual’s family.”

All classes in the building were cancelled for the afternoon.

Victorian police confirmed to Yahoo News that a man was found dead around 12.30pm Monday.

Police said the death was not being considered suspicious and a report would be prepared for the coroner.

A man was found dead at the campus in the early afternoon, police said. Source: Getty

Shortly after 2pm, RMIT said there was “no immediate danger and no threat to staff or students”.

“All classes in Building 80 have been cancelled for the afternoon and we are asking staff and students to stay away from the area while authorities manage the situation.”

A Facebook post alerting students attracted more than 1,500 comments by 5pm, with many people desperate for more details.

“This is not a sensible post at all many people got disturbed. I understand it’s hard to get the details. But please update frequently what’s going on there,” wrote one person.

“You need to tell people what is happening! This post is creating a MASS hysteria!” commented another.

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