University Statements


Message of Condolence

May 6, 2011

It is with great sadness that I announce the tragic loss of one of our students shortly after midnight in a fire at a Collegetown residence, on 107 Cook Street.

The Ithaca fire department investigation team has issued a preliminary report and has determined the cause of death to be accidental. For understandable reasons, we will not release further information until the family has been informed. We are working with local authorities and we will continue to update the Cornell community as necessary.

A community support meeting will be held and information will be made available as we have final details. Today at noon a support meeting for those directly involved is being held at Anabel Taylor Hall.

Our hearts and minds go out to the friends and families of all of the residents of the house.

Susan H. Murphy
Vice President Student Academic Services

Resources

Support services are available to all members of the Cornell community. Students may consult by phone with counselors from Gannett Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) by calling 607-255-5155. Students may also speak with a peer counselor by calling EARS at 255-3277. Employees may call the Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) at 800-327-2255 (select option 1). An Ithaca-based CrisisLine is available at 272-1616. For additional resources, visit the Caring Community site