Leverett Student Improving

Two weeks after fall, Snyder upgraded from ‘serious’ to ‘good’ condition

The undergraduate who fell from Leverett House two weeks ago has been upgraded to “good condition” at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

The student, Steven R. Snyder ’04-’08, was listed in “serious condition” last week.

According to hospital policies, Beth Israel categorizes patients as “good,” “fair,” “serious,” and ”critical.”

“Good condition” signifies that the patient’s vital signs are stable and within normal limits, that the patient is conscious and comfortable, and that indicators are excellent, according to hospital spokeswoman Bonnie Prescott.

“Serious condition” means that vital signs may be unstable and are not within normal limits, that the patient is acutely ill, and that indicators are questionable, Prescott said.

“It means he’s doing a lot better than he was,” she added.

Synder—a mathematics concentrator from Avon Lake, Ohio—fell from a ninth-story window in Tower F at roughly 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26.

Rooms in the Leverett Towers typically have one large window that doesn’t open and at least one smaller window that can be cranked open. The smaller windows are about two feet wide and four feet high.

While the circumstances surrounding his fall are still unclear, the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) officially closed the case last Monday after concluding that it was “not a criminal matter,” according to HUPD spokesman Steven G. Catalano.

—Staff writer Stephanie S. Garlow can be reached at