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Dead student lay unnoticed in dorm for days Published: February 17, 2014

Staff and students at the University of Chicago have been horrified to learn that a student lay dead in his dorm room for an unknown amount of time until the smell of decomposition was noticed, according to

It's not clear when 20-year-old Nicholas Barnes died, but before his body was found, face-down on the floor on Saturday afternoon, it had been eight days since he used his key card to enter the university residence, reports the Chicago Tribune. But school officials note a key card isn't required to gain access at all hours of the day, so the time span could have been shorter than that.

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