(Photo of Cornell's Arts Quad, courtesy of the university)

ITHACA, N.Y.—Cornell Police are seeking information about a break-in, property damage and fire set at Day Hall, which holds offices for Cornell’s top administrators.

According to the police’s announcement, there was a fire alarm activation at Day Hall, on East Avenue, around 3:30 a.m. on April 11. When officers responded, they found “entry was made into the building.” Subsequently, police discovered “property was damaged inside the building, including a small fire.”

Police didn’t specify what kind of property damage or what the damage would cost to repair.

There was no suspect description released, and it’s unclear if there are surveillance cameras in Day Hall—though they were not mentioned by CUPD. Police are asking anyone with information to call the police at (607) 255-1111.

The break-in came hours after the death of first-year student Shawn West, who had been declared missing earlier last week, was announced by the school. West’s death—though a cause has not yet been released—along with the arduous grind of a semester without the traditional breaks because of the coronavirus pandemic have pushed some Cornell students on social media to renew calls for better mental health services from the university, a long-standing demand. Police did not mention any direct connection between West’s death and the vandalism Sunday morning.

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com