Ithaca College Resident Director found dead in on-campus apartment
ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) – Memorial services are planned after an Ithaca College Residence Director was found dead in an on-campus apartment Thursday evening.
According to an announcement from college officials, the RD was 28-year-old Michael Palumbo. They say no foul play is suspected at this time and there is “no reason to believe there is any danger to the IC community”.
Officials say Palumbo recently joined the staff of the Office of Residential Life in August. He came to Ithaca College after serving as a Resident Life Coordinator at Indiana University, Bloomington for two years. Before that, he was a support services professional at a K-12 school for students with autism.
Palumbo earned his undergraduate degree in anthropology and master's degree in higher education and student affairs administration from SUNY Buffalo. While there, he was a Resident Assistant and Orientation Leader.
Officials say there will be a campus community gathering at 4 p.m. Friday in Muller Chapel.
Support services to all members of the Ithaca College community are available through the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) by calling 607-274-3136. After-hours counseling services are available any time CAPS is closed, including nights, weekends, holidays, and during campus closures, by calling the main number. Anyone needing immediate assistance should contact the Office of Public Safety at 607-274-3333.
Faculty and staff can access the counseling services of the Employee Assistance Program by calling 1-800-327-2255.
In a statement, Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Life Rosanna Ferro said, “On behalf of the entire Ithaca College community, I extend our deepest condolences to Michael’s family, friends, colleagues, and the students he served as they grieve his passing.”