Panhellenic Executive Council message offers counseling resources and support after Indiana University student passes away

The following was shared with the Bloomingtonian Thursday after the death of Indiana University student Avery R. McMillan, of Chesterton, Indiana who was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. McMillan was a senior in media advertising concentration at the IU Media School.

Indiana University is offering counseling and psychological services to students.

Here is the message from PEC:

Dear Panhellenic Community,

We are incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of one of our fellow sisters. We cannot begin to imagine how difficult this news is to her friends and family, and we offer our deepest condolences.

In times like these, we should lean into the support our sisterhood provides. We as sorority and fraternity members must continue to promote a culture of care built on our values of sister and brotherhood. Look after those around you, love your sisters relentlessly, and ensure that our chapters remain an environment of compassion. 

Panhellenic leadership is providing support to the individuals impacted and will share more information soon regarding an opportunity to come together to show support as a community.

If any student needs support, a care referral can be submitted as well as utilizing any of the resources listed below. 

Counseling Resources:  Individual and group counseling appointments are available for students at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).  In addition to individual and group counseling support, CAPS has a 24-hour crisis line available for support.  The crisis line is available to students 24/7 by calling 812-855-5711 and choosing option 1. 

Care Referral:  If you are concerned about the well-being of one of your members or friends, you can submit a care referral on their behalf.  Someone from the Dean of Students Office will follow up to offer appropriate support and assistance.


With love, 
Panhellenic Executive Council

Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain released the following earlier Thursday:

“August 18, 2022

An autopsy is schedule this afternoon, following the death of a twenty-year-old Indiana University student who was discovered unresponsive yesterday morning.

At 9:45AM yesterday, Deputies responded to a home in the 4100 block of Arlington road to find Avery R. McMillan unconscious and unresponsive to attempts by deputies to arouse her. Deputies administered three doses of Narcan, but she did not revive.

Ms. McMillan is an Indiana University student from Valparaiso. She was a member of a sorority there; but lived in an apartment in Bloomington.  Her father has been informed of her passing.  Her sorority has been notified. 

The 911 call came from the resident, a thirty three-old man, who claimed he met Ms. McMillan last night in the vicinity of the Indiana University Campus.  In time they ended up at his home on Arlington road. This morning he found her in the condition that prompted a call to 911.   This man has been cooperating with investigating detectives.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has remained in communication and worked with Indiana University Police.

This investigation is continuing today. No further information on this investigation will be forthcoming today.

Sheriff Brad Swain”

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