Campus community mourns loss of student

By Maddie Covino

In an email sent to students Monday evening, Reims Campus Director Tilman Turpin and University President Frédéric Mion announced that Ignacio Léon Bustos, a second year student in the Europe-Africa program at Sciences Po, had passed away.

On Tuesday morning Turpin announced that during this difficult time psychological support services have been and will continue to be available to students throughout the week in an email addressed to the Reims campus student body. Turpin and Deputy Director Olivier Chopin have also made themselves available. Students were emailed the schedule for the psychologists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, and general practitioners that will be on campus.

The Mental Health Committee has issued a statement encouraging any student in need of assistance or support to reach out to the Committee or one of the Committee’s mental health resources (linked in the statement).  “In times of loss, words are hard to find,” said the Bureau des Elèves in a Facebook post on the Reims campus group. “The members of the BDE are all saddened by the recent events, and some among us have been deeply affected by this tragedy.” The student bureau and the student representatives made themselves available for students seeking support or access to resources.

Members of the Reims campus community gathered in the library courtyard at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday to pay their respects and remember Léon Bustos in a moment of silence.


Frederic Mion’s full email, as well as the current schedule concerning on-campus counseling, has been attached below.

Chère étudiantes, Chers étudiants,

Nous avons appris avec une immense tristesse le décès d’Ignacio Léon Bustos, étudiant de deuxième année du programme Europe-Afrique, survenu aujourd’hui. Toute la communauté de Sciences Po partage la douleur de sa famille et de ses camarades.

Un accompagnement psychologique sera mis en place sur le campus de Reims dès demain pour ceux qui en éprouvent le besoin. Tilman Turpin et Olivier Chopin sont à votre écoute dès à présent, et vous pouvez les contacter si vous le souhaitez.

Ce soir toutes nos pensées vont à la famille d’Ignacio et à ses amis en ce moment de grande peine.

Frédéric Mion


Dear Students,

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Ignacio Léon Bustos, a second year student in the Europe-Africa program. The entire Sciences Po community shares in the pain and sorrow of his family and friends.

On-campus psychological support services will be available to you beginning tomorrow morning (Tuesday, March 13). Tilman Turpin and Olivier Chopin are available at any time should you feel the need to reach out to them.

Tonight, as in the coming days, our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Ignacio’s family and his friends during this time of great sorrow.

Frédéric Mion

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