The student who was beat up in an off-campus dorm last week was interacting with local drug dealers at the time of the attack, administration sources told Fordham Daily.
“This person appears to have opened themselves and the community to some serious risk,” one source said, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The attacked student apparently owed the dealers money, which led to the altercation — leaving the student with several facial injuries, which were treated at St. Barnabas Hospital.
The investigation into the incident, conducted by Public Safety and the NYPD, is ongoing, sources say.
The attack happened inside 2486 Arthur Avenue, which is a part of Fordham’s off-campus housing. It shelters 34 students, according to Public Safety.
Administrators caught flack last week for describing the assailants as “two male blacks.” Bob Howe, Senior Director of Communications, has since apologized for the “loaded description” after students flooded administrators’ inboxes with messages of concern.