Date: April 12, 2022
TO: The NYU Community
FROM: Andrew Hamilton, President, and Fountain Walker, Vice President for Campus Safety

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Loved Ones,

We are writing to update you on the incident that took place earlier today in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn - a shooting that left several people injured on the subway.

Let us start by saying that the thoughts and sympathies of the entire NYU community are with those who were hurt in this attack; we all hope they recover swiftly from their injuries.

Sunset Park - where the incident occurred - is a substantial distance from any of NYU's Washington Square or Downtown Brooklyn academic facilities.  We are unaware of any NYU community members being among the injured.

The University is carefully monitoring the situation and has been in touch with City authorities.  We are aware of no threats directed against NYU facilities or personnel; however, our Campus Safety Department is on heightened alert.  Classes and regular campus operations are carrying on.  

There are disruptions to some subway lines, especially those that run through that station, but most of the system continues to operate.  Of course, the area of the 36th St subway stop remains the focus of considerable activity by emergency services personnel; however, the rest of the city - including the areas of our Manhattan and Brooklyn campuses - have not been directly disrupted.

This was a shocking event, and naturally it has made some members of the campus community uneasy.  We wrote to our students and employees reminding them of the 24/7 support resources that we have available for them, and we have done targeted outreach to students whose homes are in the Sunset Park area.

The safety of your students is our highest priority.  There is much about this incident that remains unclear; however, the NYPD is vigorously investigating, and their search for the suspect continues.  

We will update you as we learn more.

Andrew Hamilton            

Fountain Walker
Vice President for Campus Safety