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Campus information on incident at The Commons apartments

Penn State Scranton Chancellor Marwan Wafa's message to our campus community on the incident on Oct. 29 at The Commons apartment complex
By: Amy Gruzesky

DUNMORE, Pa. -- Early Sunday morning (Oct. 29) there was a tragic act of violence at The Commons apartment complex at 52 University Drive, where some of our students reside.

At this time, there are multiple victims who have been taken to an area hospital and whose condition is not yet known. We have remained in touch with authorities, and it has been confirmed that none of the victims were Penn State Scranton students.

Our deepest sympathies are with the families and loved ones of the victims.

Multiple municipal, state and campus police have been on the scene, with the Dunmore Police Department leading the investigation, and campus personnel are cooperating with them as they investigate this incident. We will continue to work with local authorities in the coming days and weeks as the investigation continues.

Police responded quickly to the attack and emergency medical responders were on scene to provide immediate care.

As always, safety on our campus is of paramount importance. Campus police, as well as officers from local police agencies, will maintain a heightened state of vigilance on the campus, increasing security patrols and responding swiftly to any suspicious activity. We ask that everyone remain alert to your surroundings and report any suspicious activity to police at 570-963-2555.  

Please note that this is an ongoing criminal investigation and if contacted by the media or outside agencies for comment you should refer them to our Strategic Communications office at 570-963-2580.

Of course, this has been a traumatic event for our entire community, especially our students residing in this area. Counseling will be made available to our students and  as always, we will have the ongoing resources available to our campus community:

• Counseling is available to any member of our campus community. If you are a student and you feel like you need to speak with someone about what happened, please visit our campus counseling and psychological services at 570-963-2694.    

• Employees and families who have been directly affected should reach out to Penn State’s Employee Assistance Program, at 866-799-2728, for help with counseling, benefits, and other concerns.

• There also is the Penn State Crisis Line -- 1-877-229-6400 or text "LIONS" to 741741 – open 24/7 to Penn Staters in need.