Message from Vice President Lombardi and Chief Honan

Dear Ithaca Campus Community,

We write today to check-in with the community after the passing of first-year student Antonio Tsialas nearly two weeks ago. It is human nature to want quick answers after such a tragedy, and we certainly share that sentiment, both for our community and for his family.

At this time, the case is still under active investigation by the Cornell University Police and its collaborating agencies. We want to assure you that we will continue to dedicate significant resources to the investigation until we have a full understanding of the circumstances that led to Antonio’s death.

We appreciate the help from those who have come forward with information and continue to ask anyone else who may have information related to this incident to contact us at 607-255-1111. You can also email Cornell Police investigators at or reach out through the Silent Witness Program.

Thanks to all who attended the touching remembrance of Antonio last week in Anabel Taylor Hall. His parents were quite moved by the turnout and the sentiments expressed by those in attendance.

Finally, we urge the community to continue to look after each other and support each other during this time, and to please use the resources available at the bottom of this email.


Ryan Lombardi
Vice President for Student and Campus Life

Dave Honan
Chief, Cornell Police

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