Student seriously injured after falling from bell tower at Fordham University

15 April, 2019, 16:39 | Author: Myra Gill
  • A Fordham University student was critically injured in a fall from the clock tower in Keating Hall

She was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in serious condition.

Police said the senior fell while trying to get a better view of the city's skyline.

Fordham University has not commented on the incident.

The university is now investigating how the students gained access to the tower.

Sydney Monfries, 22, barely had a pulse when emergency workers discovered her on the second floor of the Keating Hall clock tower at Fordham University.

"It is with great sadness that I report that Sydney Monfries, a senior at Fordham College at Rose Hill, died today after sustaining a fall inside the Keating Clock tower in the early hours of the morning", school President Joseph McShane wrote in a letter sent to students Sunday evening and shared with The Post.

Monfries fell over 12m from the bell tower's staircase. They're unlocked at night when they're cleaning. "They are always doing some kind of cleaning or renovation", she said.


"She was with a group of friends ..."

Students told The Post it was a "rite of passage" among seniors to climb the tower, touch the bell and take photos outside one of the windows.

"I feel so bad", Greene added.

Emergency responders later found her on the ground with trauma to her head and neck, according to the station.

Sydney was studying journalism and interned at InStyle magazine - being set to graduate in May. "Theirs is an unimaginable loss, and we share their grief".

The university said they will confer a bachelor's degree upon Sydney posthumously.

According to the university's website, Fordham University is a Jesuit, Catholic institution focused on instilling students with "wisdom, experience, morality, critical thinking and creative problem-solving".

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