Monday, September 06, 2004

Another NYU Student killed themselves!

6 students in a year is not a coincidence. Something is going on here.

Text sent to students below.

--------------------- via NYU E-Mail Direct ---------------------

It is with deep sorrow that I inform you of the death of an NYU student, Joanne Michelle Leavy, this morning. The young woman, a graduate student at the Tisch School of the Arts, died as a result of an apparently intentional fall. Any student death is a cause for sadness; this one, coming at the start of the school year and echoing the unprecedented sorrow we confronted as a community last year, tears at our collective heart especially strongly. While we may never know what caused this young person to take this action, it is important that each of us, as members of this community, reaffirm that taking one’s own life is never the right solution, and remind ourselves and one another that the University has resources to help. It is precisely at a time like this that we must look out for and take care of one another. I encourage you to remember that NYU has resources to help. The University has a central, easily-accessed resource for students worried about themselves or others staffed by appropriate professionals who can help with their health and mental-health issues: the "Wellness Exchange" can be reached from any campus phone by dialing 999, or by dialing 212-443-9999 from any outside line. We also have resources for faculty and staff: the Faculty/Staff Assistance Program can be reached at 212-998-4370. Counselors will be on hand this evening from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Lafayette St. Residence Hall, 80 Lafayette St., located near the downtown residences, and at the centrally-located Weinstein Learning Center, 5-11 University Place, from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. In addition, tomorrow the University will begin new, expanded hours for counseling, a part of the Wellness Exchange initiative. There will be extended walk-in Counseling Center hours at Kimmel Center, Suite 601, Monday - Thursday, 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, and Friday, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and at the University Health Center, 726 Broadway, 3rd floor, on Saturday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. We will also begin our Counselor-in-Residence initiative, which will make counselors available to students from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm seven nights per week at the following residence halls: Tuesday at Carlyle Court; Wednesday at Weinstein; Thursday at 80 Lafayette; Friday at 26th Street; Saturday at Water Street; Sunday at Brittany; and Monday at Hayden. The sympathies of the entire NYU community are with her family and friends in their time of grief.

--------------------- via NYU E-Mail Direct ---------------------


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