Student, 22, fell 12m after climbing tower for Instagram snaps

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Fordham students have admitted that a trip to the top of the bell tower is a rite of passage for some students before their graduation. Given that the tower is off-limits to students and consequently locked at night, school officials are investigating how Monfries and others have gained access, hopefully eliminating any future forays into the tower by other students who may seek to ascend in search of social media content. A waiter at the restaurant contacted by The New York Post stated that he was unsure whether or not the friends had included drinks with dinner.

Police say she was with a group of students early Sunday morning who made a decision to climb a bell tower to get a view of the city skyline.

Students were then told they needed to take a photo outside one of the top windows with against the skyline.

Police say emergency responders found the woman lying on the ground inside the tower with trauma to her head and body at about 3 a.m. Sunday.

Christopher Rodgers, dean of students at Rose Hill, told The Ram in 2013 that since "the clock tower is rather risky, and therefore secured area of campus, students would likely face disciplinary action if they entered it". "They're heartbroken. It's the hardest thing I've ever had to witness", the unnamed pal told ABC-TV. "They are always doing some kind of cleaning or renovation", she said. My roommate was with them. But there is no bell in the tower, the school said.

The waiter, whose roommate allegedly arrived on the scene shortly after the fall, said she was gravely injured.

According to reports, the student apparently climbed into the clock tower with friends.

The waiter said that after she fell, his roommate rushed to be by her side.

Her death was announced to students in an email sent by the school, which described the "unimaginable loss" suffered by Ms Monfries' family, friends and school community.

The University will issue a more complete statement as soon as possible.

University president Joseph M McShane told NBC New York Ms Monfries would be awarded her degree posthumously.

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