Important Message from John Cabot University President Franco Pavoncello

Dear Students,

I am writing to share with you information on the tragic event of the early hours of November 1st, when one of our degree seeking students was allegedly stabbed by his roommate, another degree seeking student, in their off-campus apartment. Though we are not at liberty to release detailed information, rest assured that the victim was taken to the hospital and is currently recovering after emergency surgery. The alleged assailant is currently in police custody.

You may be reading in the press or on social media rumors which do not accurately reflect the event. As a community, we should remind ourselves that the reporting of events such as these can often be exaggerated, especially in the early hours.

I am dealing with this situation personally, with the support of the dedication and wisdom of JCU’s Administration and staff, and I am in touch with the involved parties and their families. While this event has shocked all of us, John Cabot University has a strong and united community where students, faculty, and staff are supportive of each other. As we reflect on the meaning of this for our community, please make use of that support. Remember that the University also has professional counseling services available that you can turn to should you wish to have more guidance.

I trust you will all join me in sending our prayers to the victim’s family for their son’s full recovery as well as to the family of the alleged attacker, who is likely shattered by this tragic event.


Franco Pavoncello