Published: Sept. 6, 2011

The University of Colorado Boulder today confirmed the recent death of CU-Boulder student Michael Hoffman, 21, on Aug. 30.

Hoffman was found unconscious at an off-campus apartment building on the Hill in Boulder in the early morning hours of Friday, Aug. 26.

Hoffman and a friend were drinking and socializing on the Hill in the early hours of Aug. 26, but later became separated. He was found unconscious on a doorstep of an apartment building by a resident of the building who called 911. Paramedics responded, Hoffman was taken to the hospital and he never regained consciousness.

Hoffman was an open-option Arts and Sciences major from New Jersey.

CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano said of Hoffman's passing, "We are saddened to hear of the passing of one of our students, Michael Hoffman, and we extend our thoughts and prayers to Michael's family and friends.

"The loss of any of our students is a blow to our community and a harsh limit placed on the future of our world. I believe this is a challenge to us to continue our efforts in alcohol and drug education, as well as a strong incentive to strengthen our partnerships with the city of Boulder and other stakeholders to reduce the often tragic role that alcohol and drug abuse play in our state and community."

Counseling resources are available to Michael Hoffman's friends and classmates, or to others in the community affected by his passing, through CU's Office of Victim Assistance at or 303-492-8855, or the office of Counseling and Psychological Services at or 303-492-6766. Faculty and staff can also visit the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program at 303-492-3345.

CU-Boulder is committed to transforming its campus culture and working with partners to combat the community health problem of drug and alcohol abuse. For a list of resources the university is drawing upon in that effort, visit CU-Boulder's website at or the Wardenburg Health Center's website at