The death of a first-year student in a SUNY Delhi residence hall is being investigated by University Police.

Police responded to a call of a possible suicide at the college's O'Connor Residence Hall just before 11 a.m. on Monday, according to Chief of University Police Martin Pettit.

Alec Zarkower, 18, of Cortlandt Manor, was identified as the deceased at a campus meeting in the afternoon. Pettit declined to provide any further details, including the suspected cause of death. He said an autopsy will be done Tuesday.

Zarkower was studying automotive technology at the school, according to President Michael Laliberte, who addressed the campus Monday afternoon in Farrell Community Center.

"Please be respectful of each other and please take care of each other," he said, asking that students consider Zarkower's family before posting on social media.

Students were notified of the death in the afternoon, and officials said it was quickly determined that there was no immediate threat of danger. Classes continued as scheduled.

Freshman Autumn Wales said she heard Zarkower died by stabbing, and that some students fear he was murdered. Concerned parents and students demanded answers from the school on social media.

State Police are assisting the University Police in the investigation. The Forensic Identification Unit and Bureau of Criminal Investigations documented the scene and took statements from students, according to Troop C Public Information Officer Aga Dembinska.

Students who knew Zarkower said he was kind and well-liked. According to his Facebook page, his father died in September. He attended Walter Panas High School.

"He was funny, he was caring and he was kind," said Wales, who said she took a hike with Zarkower this fall and was getting to know him better.

"He was a nice guy, me and him had some fun times," said Harrison Newfeld, who described Zarkower as serious yet silly. "People who goof off the most might be the most depressed," he added.

Health and Counseling Services was open until 7 p.m. for students to speak to a counselor, and counselors were available in O'Connor Hall from 7 to 9 p.m.

"We are all in a state of shock, and wanting answers is a normal reaction," said Lori Barnes Osterhoudt, associate dean of students and director of Health and Counseling Services. "We encourage you to support each other and take care of yourselves."