Police say a Fordham University student was seriously injured after falling Sunday morning 140 feet from the school's iconic bell tower, according to multiple published reports.
Monfries was set to graduate in a matter of weeks but will be receiving her bachelor's degree from the university posthumously.
Fordham University confirmed the incident and sent a letter to students.
A Fordham University student who climbed the campus' landmark bell tower Sunday to snap photos of the New York City skyline suffered critical injuries after she accidentally fell.
Ms Monfries' family rushed to her hospital bed and were accompanied by two priests, the Post reported. They usually go late at night at around 1 or 2 a.m.to drink and see the view, ' Priscilla Morales told The New York Times.
Meanwhile, videos posted to her SnapChat indicate that Monfries made it to the top of the tower, while other clips reportedly show Monfries and her friends struggling through the darkness and using their phones as flashlights.
"I heard they were just getting a better view of the city", a senior told the paper.
Gina Vergel, a university spokeswoman, told The Post that the door to the clock tower is always locked and that only facilities and public safety staff should be able to access it. The police found her unconscious, with trauma to her head and body, the New York Times reports.
"There are no words sufficient to describe the loss of someone so young and full of promise - and mere weeks from graduation", he wrote. But there is no bell in the tower, the school said.
When the student's vitals flatlined medics quickly decided it would be safer to hoist her out of the tower in a rescue basket, one responder riding with her to perform chest compressions.
Monfries was a senior and had been studying journalism, according to the Times. "Our hearts go out to Sydney's parents, and her family and friends - theirs is an unimaginable loss, and we share their grief".