NYU Langone Student Takes Own Life in Residence Hall

Alex Domb
The front of NYU Langone's Vilcek Hall

Andrea Liu, a fourth-year student at NYU Langone Medical School, was found dead this morning in Vilcek Hall, an NYU residence hall in Kips Bay housing Langone graduate students.

Liu’s body was found hanging from a rope in her dormitory shortly before 11:00 a.m., according to the New York Post. Police were called shortly thereafter and found a suicide note on the scene.

“Counseling services are being offered to students, faculty and staff,” the NYU School of Medicine said in a statement to the Post. “At this time of sudden loss and grief, we extend our deepest condolences to the student’s family, friends and fellow students.”

NYU does not typically announce news of suicides to the entire school community. University spokesman John Beckman said that, in cases of suicides, NYU determines which groups to communicate with on a case-by-case basis.

“Our principal guiding principle is student well-being and safety,” Beckman said in an email to WSN. “If we think that will be aided by communicating widely, then we do so; if we believe that will be aided by communicating narrowly, then we do that.  We also consult with families about their concerns.  There is always some group of students we reach out to, a group that’s appropriate given the circumstances.”

A fellow fourth-year medical student, Jing Ye, told the Post that Liu did not show any signs of distress the last time the two had seen one another. According to Ye, Liu was a loyal friend, once welcoming Ye to her home for the duration of Thanksgiving break when Ye was unable to go home to Canada.

“She’s been there for me through everything,” Ye said to the Post.

Liu grew up in Colts Neck, New Jersey, according to her Facebook page. After graduating from Freehold Borough High School, she received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Cornell University in 2014. A 26-year-old studying radiology, Liu was on track to receive her medical degree later this month.

WSN will update this story with any developments.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Perhaps the university spokesman should have spoken to the Dean and CEO of the medical center who sent news of the suicide to every member of the NYU Langone workforce

  2. My condolences to family and friends. University can be a lonely place even surrounded by people and with a full schedule. The hardest times are major changes especially beginning and endings. It is hard to tell someone else how you feel so we need to build relaxation and supports for all students. I began the Women in Science Committee as a grad student but circumstances beyond my control ended my Masters. I did provide supports for students and faculty beginning in 1985. I did a Masters in Leadership at a different University.

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