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NYU students have more questions than answers after 18-year-old woman dies in jump from building

NYU students had more questions than answers a day after a young woman plunged to her death from a campus window in an apparent suicide — with many complaining the school hasn’t provided any information on the situation.

“I had no idea. That’s awful. I didn’t get any email or anything. It’s aggravating,” a senior named Stephanie told The Post.

The 18-year-old victim jumped from a fifth-floor window of the Barney Building at the intersection of East Ninth and Stuyvesant Streets around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, according to police, landing on the sidewalk below with severe bodily trauma.

She was rushed to Bellevue hospital and later pronounced dead.

It remains unclear whether the victim was a student — the university did not respond to multiple requests for comment on Saturday and Sunday.

“The school doesn’t do a great job about keeping people informed. NYU hasn’t been very impressive with that. Everything is very bureaucratic and slow,” Stephanie added, noting the school had locked up the building, which is filled with art studios, but declined to tell students why when they inquired.

The victim plunged to her death from fifth story window of NYU's Barney Building in the East Village on Saturday night
The victim plunged to her death from fifth story window of NYU’s Barney Building in the East Village on Saturday night. Peter Gerber

Other students echoed her frustrations.

“It is sad to hear. I wish that the school told us about it,” said another student who found the doors barred after showing up to work.

“That’s awful, I had no idea,” said a junior named Sofia.

Not even detectives were able to get inside to investigate — at one point Sunday afternoon a medical examiner tried to enter the building but left after an hour of failed attempts.

Officers responding to the scene of the suicide at NYU on Saturday night. It remains unclear if the victim was a student
Officers responding to the scene of the suicide at NYU on Saturday night. It remains unclear if the victim was a student. Peter Gerber

The only activity inside appeared to be from a maintenance worker, who told The Post he’d been adjusting the windows to prevent them from opening all the way, “to make sure that they are safe.”

Including the latest incident, NYU has seen at least four suicides on campus in the last six years.

“New York is an intense place. It can be isolating,” Sofia said, speculating on the cause.

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or are experiencing a mental health crisis and live in New York City, you can call 1-888-NYC-WELL for free and confidential crisis counseling. If you live outside the five boroughs, you can dial the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention hotline at 988 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.

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