Dear Members of the Fordham Family,

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. Our hearts go out to Sydney’s parents, and her family and friends—theirs is an unimaginable loss, and we share their grief.

There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise—and mere weeks from graduation. Fordham will confer a bachelor’s degree upon Sydney posthumously, which we will present to her parents at the appropriate time.

Again, I know you join me in keeping Sydney’s family and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers. And also know that you are in mine.

Joseph M. McShane, S.J.

Support for Students

Counseling Center:
Rose Hill: (718) 817-3725
Lincoln Center: (212) 636-6225

Campus Ministry:
Rose Hill: (718) 817-4500
Lincoln Center: (212) 636-6267

Students may also contact a commuter assistant, resident assistant, or resident director at any time to request assistance, or to talk, and can contact Public Safety at (718) 817-2222 for assistance at any time.