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Columbia grad student murder puts spotlight on crime, safety record

Columbia University has one of many worst crime and safety information within the nation, in keeping with a number of experiences on greater training.

The college’s record on student safety got here into query when Davide Giri, 30, a Columbia grad student from Italy, was stabbed and killed Thursday evening in Morningside Park, a couple of blocks from the college campus and a magnet for college kids.

Tessa Majors, 18, a Barnard College student, was stabbed to loss of life two years earlier, additionally in Morningside Park.  

“Take responsibility for this,” scientist Roberto Donnianni, 40, demanded of the college the place he as soon as studied. “At Columbia University, it’s the best students in the world. You have to protect them.”


Donnianni and his spouse, Giulia Papiani, 38, stopped Saturday at a sidewalk memorial to Giri at 123rd Street and Amsterdam Avenue, the place the Columbia student bled to loss of life.

Columbia crime and safety incidents circle graph. A Columbia University safety survey exhibits that 15 p.c of crime and safety incidents are arrests from main crime. College Factual

Columbia witnessed 412 safety-related incidents in 2019, the final yr for which information is out there, according to College Factual, which supplies college information to potential college students and their households.

Only 4.5 p.c of the three,990 colleges nationwide that reported crime and safety information recorded extra incidents than Columbia, the report states.


Major crimes akin to murder, rape, theft, aggravated assault or arson comprised 15 p.c of the incidents reported at Columbia — violence towards ladies at 9.7 p.c.

“When a student goes to school, I feel like they are entitled to a certain level of safety which has not been provided to them,” graduate student Crome Max Crownover told the Columbia Spectator.

A member of David Giri's soccer team leaves a scarf at a mural after a candlelight vigil was held for the slain graduate student. A member of David Giri’s soccer workforce leaves a shawl at a mural after a candlelight vigil was held for the slain graduate student. Getty Images / David Dee

Vincent Pinkney being transported by the police. Vincent Pinkney has been arrested within the murder of Davide Giri in addition to the assault of a vacationer in New York City. Christopher Sadowski


He returned later holding an indication that learn “Clean up our neighborhood” and one other that pleaded “Columbia do something,” in keeping with the report.

A Columbia spokesperson refused on Saturday to reply questions from The Post about its safety requirements.

The college emailed college students Saturday saying that “NYPD has decided to further enhance security by temporarily assigning patrol inside [Morningside] Park 24 hours a day.”

Federal information additionally paints a sobering image of safety at Columbia.

Hundreds attend a candlelight vigil held for Columbia University graduate student Davide Giri; Person holds candle at vigil.Hundreds attend a candlelight vigil held for Columbia University graduate student Davide Giri. Getty Images / David Dee

The Democrat and Chronicle, citing US Department of Education data, reported that the Morningside Heights campus of 31,000 logged a forty five p.c spike in crime in 2019, to 83 from 57 incidents.

Only 41 colleges nationwide reported extra crime in 2019, in keeping with the DOE information.

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