According to authorities, the body of 20-year-old Andrew Noble was discovered in the atrium of Bobst Library shortly after 4:30 a.m. Responding paramedics transported the student to St. Vincent's Hospital where he was pronounced dead. An investigation determined that Noble plunged to his death after jumping over a plexiglass partition from the 10th floor of the library
"There was a student death in the library earlier today," University spokesman John Beckman said in a statement. "I am at great sorrow for the NYU community."
Noble was a native of Irvington, N.Y. and was a junior in the College of Arts and Science, school officials said.
In the past several years, the university has endured a rash of suicides on the campus. After two students took their own lives in 2003, school officials decided to install six-foot plexiglass walls on the higher floors of the library facing the atrium.
"It's sad to say that I am not surprised because we do have a history of it," NYU sophomore Stephen Marositz told PIX News. "The classes are really intense here."
At least a half dozen suicides have been reported on campus since 2003.
Bobst Library was reopened some time after 9 a.m. Students, however, are not being allowed above the 10th floor of the library, reports said.
NYU president John Sexton urged students who may be struggling with the tragic news or be experiencing their own difficulties to contact the school's Wellness Exchange center at 212-443-9999.