SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) - The parents of a Notre Dame student killed while filming football practice met with university officials Thursday before taking part in a Catholic mass in their son's honor.
The campus-wide mass of mourning came as other colleges and universities across the country are re-examining their policies on the outdoor use of scissor-lifts.
Declan Sullivan, 20, was killed Wednesday while videotaping Fighting Irish football practice from a hydraulic scissor-lift.
The lift fell with Sullivan on it during a wind gust. According to the National Weather Service, winds were gusting in excess of 60 miles per hour that day.
Students, faculty, friends and family gathered for the mass at the university's Basilica of the Sacred Heart, focusing on Sullivan's life.
"Declan was a story teller. And, while Declan could tell a good tale and write a captivating essay, his preferred medium for story telling was through the lens of a camera. Capturing the texture of life on film was the passion and the way that Declan created stories that created meaning and passion to his and others' lives. Telling stories through the lens of a camera is how Declan lived. It is not how he died," said Rev. Thomas Doyle, CSC, Notre Dame's Vice President for Student Affairs.
In perhaps the most emotional moment of the homily, Doyle paused to say "Notre Dame has lost another son."
Earlier in the day, Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick said the investigation into why Sullivan was on the lift during such intense winds is still under investigation.
"There is a lot to learn here, and we will learn it all. And we will learn it all in an expeditious manner. But, the investigation will take the time to make sure we understand all the dynamics of this and what happened," Swarbrick said during a news conference late Thursday.
In the wake of Sullivan's death, many other colleges and universities are examining their policies for use of similar scissor-lifts.
The NCAA has a severe weather policy in place for schools to follow, but it's unclear whether it governs the use of mechanical lifts.
At least two schools pledged to revise their policies Thursday. The Universities of North Carolina and Wyoming are both looking at when weather should prohibit filming of practices from the lifts.
An Associated Press investigation found disparities between policies on outdoor mechanical lift use at schools across the country, and some are now calling for a more uniform policy governing their use to be put in place.
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