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UPDATE: A candlelight vigil will be held Wednesday night for Kamil Jackowski and Sean Wu. 

Wu died earlier this semester and was a member of a separate fraternity than Jackowski. 

Fraternity and Sorority leaders are hosting the vigil at the Iowa Memorial Union River Amphitheater. 

The service will begin at 10 p.m. and candles will be provided. 

Updated by: Kristin Rogers

UPDATE: A prayer service for University of Iowa freshman Kamil Jackowski will be held Tuesday night in Iowa City.

It will be at the Newman Catholic Student Center at 104 E. Jefferson St. from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m.

A friend created a Facebook page for the service and posted, "Kamil always had a smile on his face. He never complained and always made the room he was in a better place just by his lighthearted spirit. Please join us this Tuesday May 2nd at St. John Newman in Iowa City at 7:00 for a prayer service to honor and remember the memories we were blessed to share with Kamil."

Kamil was just 19-years-old.

Updated by: Lauren Moss


UPDATE: University of Iowa freshman Kamil Jackowski died during a frat formal over the weekend. 

The exact cause is still under investigation. The sheriff's office there says they responded to a motel in the Lake of the Ozarks for an unresponsive man around 7 a.m. Sunday. Crews tried CPR, but sadly it did not work. Jackowski was pronounced dead at the hospital. 

There are still many questions surrounding his death but as a result, the university is banning all alcohol related events and out of town formals for frats and sororities.

The 19-year-old is being remembered as a great guy who always had a smile on his face. In 24 hours, more than $36,000 was raised on a GoFundMe page in his name.

An autopsy was done today. We will pass along those results once they are made available. 

To: Anna Long, Panhellenic Council President and Zach Rubenbauer, Interfraternity Council President

From: Tom Rocklin, Vice President for Student Life

Subject: Out-of-town formals and alcohol at registered events 

Date: May 1, 2017

I appreciate your leadership on health and safety issues in the fraternity and sorority community. You can count on my support for the permanent ban on out-of-town formals and the immediate moratorium on events involving alcohol registered by your member chapters. 

The staff of the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, Division of Student Life, and indeed all of the staff and administrators of the University of Iowa stand ready to help you as you work to strengthen the culture of health and safety within the fraternity and sorority community. It will be important that the task force you propose include representation of all stakeholders, as well as experts with deep knowledge of evidence-based practices for harm reduction. My expectation is that you will maintain the moratorium on events involving alcohol until the task force has made substantial progress. I urge you to be transparent with everyone within and beyond our campus community as you work to reach this goal. 

You have the opportunity, through your leadership, to leave an indelible legacy on the University of Iowa fraternity and sorority community. 

Thank you for your leadership on behalf of our community. 


Tom Rocklin
Vice President for Student Life 


UPDATE: A statement was released today by the Dean of Students, following the death of a University of Iowa student over the weekend. 

Dear members of the UI community, 

I am saddened to inform you of the loss of a student from the Hawkeye family. Kamil Jackowski, a 1st year CLAS student who was majoring in pre-business, died this weekend. We offer our deepest condolences to Kamil's family, friends, and loved ones. 

Losing a fellow student and member of our university can be very difficult. I encourage students who feel they need support to contact University Counseling Service at 319-335-7294 or http://bit.ly/1PbwPol  for information on how to schedule an appointment. 

During this time, we are reminded of the importance of community and accepting emotional support. Additional notifications have been sent to faculty and affiliated organizations. If you have questions or need further assistance, please feel free to contact me in the Office of the Dean of Students. 


Lyn Redington, Ph.D.

Dean of Students 

Update: According to a University of Iowa spokesperson, school officials were notified Kamil Jackowski died during the weekend while attending the fraternity formal at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Educators confirm Kamil was a first-year student from Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Educators say, "our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time."


According to friends, University of Iowa student Kamil Jackowski has died following an incident over the weekend.

According to a GoFundMe account started in his name, friends describe Kamil as a warm-hearted and caring brother and son.

Friends say he was from Arlington Heights, Illinois, which is a suburb of Chicago.

At last check, the account has already raised more than $24,000 of its $10,000 goal.

Friends are saying Kamil was attending a fraternity formal party near the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri when he died.

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