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Statement on Missing Student - Updated

Nicholas Upton, Junior, GW's Elliott School of International Affairs (photo credit: GW)
Nicholas Upton, Junior, GW's Elliott School of International Affairs (photo credit: GW)
September 04, 2015
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 4, 2015
Statement from Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Peter Konwerski:
 
"The United States Consulate General of Cape Town, South Africa, has notified the university that the body of undergraduate student Nicholas Upton was found today, five days after he was last seen swimming off the coast of the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa.  Our hearts go out to Nick’s family and friends. He touched many during his time at GW, and he will be missed.”
 
The GW Division of Student Affairs is offering support to those students affected by this devastating news, and the university Employee Assistance Program is available to faculty and staff. Mental Health Services within the Colonial Health Center can be reached at 202-994-5300; students who have academic concerns can reach out to their academic advisers; those who are concerned about a member of the GW community, including parents, can complete a CARE Network Report form.
 
-updated 4:10 p.m.
 
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Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015
Statement from Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Peter Konwerski:
 
As you may have seen or heard, our study abroad program partner in Cape Town, South Africa notified GW that one of our students traveling during a break in the program is missing. Junior Nicholas Upton has not been seen since swimming in the Eastern Cape Province on Sunday, August 30 at approximately 10:30 p.m. local time. Authorities in Cape Town conducted a search, and sadly, Nick has not been found.  We are closely monitoring this situation and are in touch with his family.  Our hearts go out to them and others who knew and loved Nick.
 
The GW Division of Student Affairs is offering support to those students affected by this devastating news, and the university Employee Assistance Program is available to faculty and staff. Mental Health Services within the Colonial Health Center can be reached at 202-994-5300; students who have academic concerns can reach out to their academic advisers; those who are concerned about a member of the GW community can complete a CARE Network Report form; and resources for parents are available through the Office of Parent Services at 202-994-2305.

-updated 10 p.m.

 

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Monday, Aug. 31, 2015
Statement from Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Peter Konwerski:

Our study abroad program partner in Cape Town, South Africa has notified GW that one of our students traveling during a break in the program is missing. Junior Nicholas Upton has not been seen since swimming in the East Cape Province at approximately Sunday, August 30 at 10:30 p.m. local time. Local authorities in Cape Town are conducting a search and are coordinating with program representatives, his family and the U.S. Embassy. We are closely monitoring this situation and are in touch with his family. We continue to hope and pray for Nicholas' safe return.

-updated 3 p.m.

Mr. Upton is from Redding, Conn. and is majoring in international affairs in GW's Elliott School of International Affairs. He is a member of the men's rowing team and a member of Kappa Alpha.

Download a high resolution photo of Mr. Upton.