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VP offers condolences on death of student; memorial is May 22

Update, May 21:

The campus community is invited to attend a memorial gathering celebrating the life of Aalaap Narasipura on Monday, May 22, at 5 p.m. in Sage Chapel. A reception will follow in Willard Straight Hall.

For friends who wish to support Aalaap’s family but have already left Ithaca, correspondence can be sent c/o the Office of the Dean of Students, Cornell University, 207 Willard Straight Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853. These will be mailed to Aalaap’s family in June.


Vice President for Student and Campus Life Ryan Lombardi sent the following message to the Cornell Ithaca campus community May 19:

It is with profound sadness that I write with the news that law enforcement search teams have recovered Aalaap Narasipura’s body. No foul play is suspected, and a full investigation of the circumstances is underway.

A senior electrical engineering student in the College of Engineering, Aalaap was an ambitious student and was scheduled to graduate early this December. He was active on the Ultimate Frisbee team, enjoyed taking photos, and planned to continue at Cornell to pursue a Master of Engineering degree.

As we all struggle to process Aalaap’s death, I encourage you to reach out to others for support and to make use of the resources listed at the bottom of this email. For community members wishing to come together during this difficult time there will be a community support meeting on Friday, May 19, at 4 p.m. in the One World Room, Anabel Taylor Hall.

On behalf of the Cornell University community, I extend our deepest condolences to Aalaap’s family and friends as they grieve this tragedy. They are in our thoughts as we all come to grips with the enormity of this loss.


Support services

Support services are available to all members of the Cornell community. Students may consult with counselors from Cornell Health (Gannett) Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) by calling 607-255-5155. Students may speak with a peer counselor by calling EARS at 607-255-3277.

Employees may call the Faculty Staff Assistance Program at 607-255-2673. The Ithaca-based Crisisline is available at 607-272-1616. For additional resources, visit

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