Notre Dame appeals findings by state agency into student death

Notre Dame has yet to complete its independent investigation into the death of student Declan Sullivan when he was videotaping football practice last fall, but the university has filed an appeal to a state investigation into the matter.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Notre Dame has contested the findings by the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration into the death of Sullivan, who fell from a hydraulic lift in high winds. The agency fined the school $77,500, but Notre Dame has “disagreed with parts of the ruling.”

The school and football program has yet to hold any individual(s) responsible for Sullivan’s death. Wind gusts in South Bend, Ind., reached 51 mph on Oct. 27, the day of the tragedy.

“Though the university and IOSHA are near resolution, more time is needed to finalize the agreement,” university spokesman Dennis Brown told the Tribune.

Notre Dame no longer uses hydraulic lifts to film practice.

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