Message from Vice President Lombardi

Dear Cornell Community,

The Cornell University Police are actively searching for missing Cornell student Shawn West. Shawn was last seen in his residence hall on North Campus the morning of Tuesday, April 6. A parent, who resides in New York City, reported him missing yesterday afternoon.

Shawn is a first-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is a Black male, 18-years-old, 5’10” tall with black hair and brown eyes and weighs approximately 160 lbs. There is no description of the clothing he may be wearing; however, two images are included in this message: the one of Shawn wearing a mask shows his current hairstyle. The Cornell University Police are asking anyone with information about Shawn’s whereabouts to call 607-255-1111 or email at

Please keep Shawn and his family in your thoughts during this difficult time. As always, take care of yourselves and one another, and do not hesitate to use the support resources listed at the close of this email, if needed.

We are in contact with Shawn’s family and will provide additional updates as soon as they are available.

Ryan Lombardi
Vice President for Student and Campus Life

Recent Images of Shawn West

Shawn West

Student Support Resources

Students in need of professional mental health support can call Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 607-255-5155 and employees can call the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) at 607-255-2673. Please note, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all CAPS and FSAP services are currently being delivered via telehealth. The Office of Spirituality & Meaning Making can be reached at or 607-255-4214.