UNC police have identified third-year law student Eric James Bryant as the person found dead at Odum Village on Wednesday morning.
Investigators suspect suicide, though the case remains open.
Jack Boger, dean of the law school, shared the news in a letter to law school students, faculty and staff.
"This has been a sad season at Carolina Law, and we share in your grief," he wrote. "If there is anything we can do to assist you, please do let us know."
Bryant attended UNC as an undergraduate, earning his degree in 2007. He went on to study law at Ohio State for one year, before transferring back to Chapel Hill.