A Calhoun freshman was admitted to Yale-New Haven Hospital Monday afternoon with injuries sustained in a fall from the fourth floor of Bingham Hall, a freshman dormitory on Old Campus.
University spokesman Tom Conroy confirmed in an email to the News that the Yale Police Department and New Haven EMTs responded to a 911 call shortly after 2 p.m. on Monday about a student who “had fallen from Bingham Hall.”
“YPD and medical personnel arrived to find an injured student,” Conroy said. “The student was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital, and is receiving treatment.”
Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway confirmed the incident in an email to Yale College students late Monday afternoon. According to Holloway, the student was conscious and alert when emergency responders arrived.
At 2:45 p.m., a reporter for the New Haven Register, Wes Duplantier, tweeted an image of College Street, showing that the sidewalk surrounding Bingham Hall had been blocked off with police tape.
By 3:45 p.m., police officers and ambulances had left the premises. The emergency tape on College Street had been removed and the area around Bingham appeared to have returned to normal.
A freshman in Calhoun, who asked to remain anonymous because of the sensitive nature of the topic, said Calhoun College Dean April Ruiz ’05 went to Bingham Hall Monday afternoon and told a group of students that the injured student was in a stable condition.
“I’ve been told he will make a full physical recovery,” Holloway told the News Monday evening. “Members of the student’s family are now in town and we will follow their lead about further details.”
He added that Calhoun College Master Julia Adams had spent time with the student in the hospital, talking with him and getting early reports on his condition and prognosis.
The Yale Police Department and New Haven Police Department declined to comment.
The anonymous Calhoun freshman told the News that the student had not fallen from his own suite, but from a different suite in the entryway.
Seven other students who were outside Bingham on Monday evening all declined to comment.
In the email, Holloway encouraged students to seek out friends, advisors and professional counselors if they wanted to talk to someone about their reactions to the news. Freshmen in Calhoun were invited to meet with their freshman counselors Monday evening.
Old Campus Fellows would also open their suites to all freshmen, Holloway added in his email.
Adams sent an email to the Calhoun community early Monday evening inviting students to a gathering at her house at 7 p.m. that night, where students could gather for “mutual support.” Adams was joined by Ruiz, University Chaplain Sharon Kugler and a representative from Yale Mental Health and Counseling.
“We are here for you,” Adams’ email said.
Trumbull College Master Margaret Clark — whose freshmen share Bingham Hall with Calhoun freshmen — also sent an email to Trumbull students, offering her support and the support of Trumbull Dean Jasmina Besirevic-Regan.
A freshman who lives in entryway D of Bingham said he saw police cars on the College Street side of the residence hall shortly after 2 p.m., and that he believed the student had already been put into an ambulance by then.
“The cops were all handling it pretty well,” he said.
Professional counselors were made available at the Yale Health Center through 11 p.m. Monday. Students were told they could also call (203) 432-1128 to speak to a counselor on call.
Lionel Jin contributed reporting.