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Posted: 9/6/2004 4:10:48 PM EDT
The irony is, this is the most-desired school for high school grads. Yet it has an extremely high rate of suicides.

NYU student jumps to her death from university building; 6th this year
September 6, 2004, 5:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK -- A graduate student at New York University jumped to her death Monday from the rooftop of its prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, police said.

The woman "died as a result of an apparently intentional fall" at 10:30 a.m., NYU spokesman Josh Taylor said. He cited university policy in not releasing her name but said she was a second-year graduate student at its school of performing and media arts.

Police identified the student as Joann Mitchell Levy, 23, and said she was found unconscious in front of 286 Mercer St., across from the Tisch School, at 721 Broadway, in Greenwich Village. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Levy lived with her parents at nearby Waverly Place, police spokeswoman Detective Mindy Diaz said.

The NYU community's "deepest sympathies go out to the student's family and friends," Taylor said.

Five other NYU students have jumped to their deaths in the past year, and four were ruled suicides by the medical examiner, Taylor said.

"The incidents of the past year have given us a lot of pause and time for reflection," Taylor said. "While we'll never really know what causes someone to take an action like this, it's critical for members of the NYU community to remember that taking one's own life is never the right solution."

On Sept. 12, Jeff Skolnik, 19, of Evanston, Ill., leaped from the 10th floor of the university's Elmer Holmes Bobst Library. On Oct. 10, Stephen Bohler, 18, of Irvine, Calif., jumped from the same library floor. On Oct. 18, Michelle Gluckman, 18, jumped off the sixth floor of a Greenwich Village apartment building.

On March 6, Diana Chien, 19, a transfer student from the University of California at Los Angeles, jumped from the roof of her boyfriend's apartment building in midtown Manhattan. In late June, a graduate student died in a fall from a midtown building; that student's name was not immediately available.

The medical examiner said Bohler's death was accidental, related to his use of hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Link Posted: 9/6/2004 4:18:48 PM EDT
One of my sisters went to NYU and her first week of school she saw a kid commit suicide
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