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Posted by Molly Israel at 1:44PM

Cornell University Interim President Hunter Rawlings released a statement on August 29 showing support for the Ithaca College community, Anthony Nazaire’s family and friends, and the injured student who was released from the hospital.

The statement also included more information about the party that occurred before the fatal fight took place: “These events occurred after a party at Willard Straight Hall sponsored by a Cornell fraternity, Omega Psi Phi. For several years the fraternity has hosted such an event during the first week of classes.”

Interim President Rawlings also strongly urged witnesses to share any information with the City of Ithaca Police Department, which is conducting the investigation into Anthony’s homicide.

Read the Cornell University statement.


Posted by Molly Israel at 3:01PM

Posted on behalf of President Tom Rochon

Our Ithaca College community is still reeling from the violent homicide that occurred early Sunday morning on the Cornell University campus that stole the life of our student Anthony Nazaire ’19, injured another student, and left a great many others shaken, sorrowed, and angered.

During this painful time, I ask that all of our students, faculty members, and staff take an extra moment to check in with one another. Our entire community — on and off campus — is diminished by Anthony’s killing, whether we knew him personally or not. Especially in these coming days and weeks, we must be here for one another as we grapple with this loss and our own reactions to the violence that took place. I implore you to offer a kind word, simply inquire about each other’s well being, or share a caring embrace.

Campus Gathering: Monday August 29

I strongly encourage everyone to attend the gathering taking place today, August 29, at 4 p.m. in the Muller Chapel. Professional staff, counselors, and chaplains will be present at the event. Even if you didn’t know Anthony or the other student injured, your presence can be a great help to others in our community as we mourn the loss of this spirited young man and support one another in grief.  

Students who normally have class at that hour are invited to inform their instructor of their absence from class if they wish to attend the gathering. Faculty have been asked to provide flexibility to all students who choose to attend.

Due to the widespread publicity about Anthony’s death, there will likely be reporters at the event. They will not be permitted inside the Chapel, and the college will be asking them to respect any community member’s desires not to be interviewed.

Safety on Campus

I have received some questions about whether students should be concerned for their safety. I want to remind everyone that we have no information at this time that leads us to believe there is an immediate or ongoing threat to anyone on our campus. Out of an excess of caution, we have increased the patrols of our campus police and increased the visibility of our officers. If any members of our campus community have concerns about their safety, they are encouraged to contact the Office of Public Safety at 607-274-3333.

I want to reassure everyone, especially our new students, that violent crime of any type is extraordinarily unusual on our campuses and in the local community. For many in our community, the fact that Ithaca is typically such a safe place has made this event that much harder to come to terms with. It is not who we are and it is not who we are willing to become.

You can learn more about the services in place at the college for keeping our community safe, and also view our annual crime statistics, on the Public Safety website.

Support on Campus

The college is continuing to proactively reach out to those who might need counseling assistance. Additionally, students who feel they need mental health support can contact the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services at 607-274-3136.

Faculty and staff can speak to a counselor through the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-327-2255.

Ongoing Investigation:  Need for Witnesses and Information

The City of Ithaca Police Department (IPD), with help from other law enforcement agencies, including the Ithaca College Office of Public Safety and the Cornell University Police Department, is still actively investigating the fight and the stabbing, which occurred on the Cornell campus early Sunday morning. The perpetrator or perpetrators have still not been identified.

Many witnesses to the fight have already come forward with information, but IPD is still in urgent need of more tips, photos, or video footage. Reports can be made to the IPD completely anonymously, and I implore anyone who knows anything to share it. The anonymous tipline is 607-697-0333.

Any additional updates on the investigation or information about additional support on campus will be available on the Ithaca College website.

I hope to see you all later today at the gathering.

Tom Rochon
President


Posted by Molly Israel at 5:02PM

Posted on behalf of President Tom Rochon

We have learned more information about the homicide of one of our students that took place early Sunday morning on the Cornell University campus. Since my prior message, I and other members of our campus community have spent time, both in person and on the phone, with the family members of the two Ithaca College students victimized in the stabbing incident.

My deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Anthony Nazaire, the student whowas killed. Anthony was a 19-year-old sophomore majoring in business administration from Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School, and at IC he was a member of the executive board of Brothers4Brothers, a student organization dedicated to empowering men of color on our campus.

The City of Ithaca Police Department is withholding the name of the student who was injured at this time, as that is part of their investigation. They are asking Ithaca College to do the same. We can confirm, however, that the student was treated and released from the hospital.

Ongoing Investigation

The Ithaca Police Department has determined that a large fight took place following a student-organized event on Cornell University’s campus. It was during this fight that our two students were stabbed. The investigation is being conducted by the Ithaca Police Department, with assistance from other law enforcement agencies, including the Ithaca College Office of Public Safety. The perpetrator or perpetrators have not been identified. The investigation is ongoing.

The Ithaca Police Department notes that many witnesses to the incident have come forward already, and they are asking anyone who might have information to contact them at 607-272-3245, or on the tipline number at 607-697-0333. There were multiple motorists and pedestrians in the area at the time, and police are particularly interested in obtaining any video that passersby may have taken.

We have no information at this time that leads us to believe there is an immediate or ongoing threat to our campus. If any members of our campus community have concerns about their safety, they are encouraged to contact the Office of Public Safety at 607-274-3333.

Counseling Assistance and Community Gathering

The college is reaching out to those who might need counseling assistance. The lounge in the Circles Community Building is currently open for students seeking immediate support. Counselors and professional staff from Student Affairs and Campus Life will remain present until 9 p.m. Sunday. After that time, students can contact on-call professional Residential Life staff at 607-220-7993 or 607-220-7928.

Faculty and staff can speak to a counselor through the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-327-2255.

A campus-wide gathering will be taking place at 4 p.m. on Monday, August 29, in Muller Chapel. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend. Professional staff, counselors, and chaplains will be present to offer support as we grieve together as a community and begin to process this tragic event.

We will continue to update the campus community as more information becomes available.

My deepest gratitude goes out to the faculty, staff, and students who have been supporting our students affected by this tragedy. Once again, I ask that you please keep Anthony’s family, the student who was injured, and their friends and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.

Tom Rochon
President


Posted by Molly Israel at 9:30AM

Posted on behalf of President Tom Rochon

It is with great sadness that I inform the Ithaca College community that one of our students passed away at Cayuga Medical Center early on the morning of Sunday, August 28. Shortly before 2 a.m. two individuals were stabbed during a large fight near the intersection of College Avenue and Campus Road. The second Ithaca College student who was stabbed in that incident was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a regional trauma center and released.

We are not identifying the students at this time, pending notification of their families.

The investigation into the incident is being conducted by the Ithaca Police Department, with assistance from other law enforcement agencies. The perpetrator or perpetrators have not been identified. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who might have information on this incident is asked to contact the Ithaca Police Department at 607-272-3245, or on the tipline number at 607-697-0333.

We will update the campus community as more information becomes available. You can read a statement from Cornell Vice President Ryan Lombardi regarding this incident here.

The college is reaching out to those who might need counseling assistance. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. today, the lounge in the Circles Community Building will be open for students seeking immediate support. Counselors and professional staff will be present. A larger community gathering is being planned.

Students in immediate crisis should contact the Office of Public Safety at 607-274-3333. Faculty and staff can speak to a counselor through the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-327-2255.

In the meantime, I hope you will hold these students—along with their families, friends, classmates, and professors—in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult and tragic time.

Tom Rochon
President



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