UPDATE: Hawley residents permitted to return to residence hall

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The Baro Staff

Update 4 p.m.

Residents of the 5th floor of Hawley Hall on the Oregon State University campus are now allowed to return to their rooms after an incident on Tuesday regarding the welfare of a student who is a resident of the hall.

According to the OSU University Housing and Dining Services Residence Hall webpage, Hawley Hall is a part of the residence hall quad on the west side of campus and houses approximately 270 residents on five floors.

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At 12:39 p.m. on Tuesday, Oregon State Police troopers received information about a student in Hawley possibly suffering from paranoia. According to the Oregon State Police Daily Log, the student was reported at 3:04 a.m. to have left messages described as disturbing throughout the 5th floor of Hawley stating “it ends tonight.” Responding officers ended the report when they could not make contact with the student.

Around 6:49 p.m., an OSU Alert – Emergency Notification was sent to the Corvallis campus stating that troopers responded to a matter regarding a student in Hawley, but that law enforcement did not believe there to be any safety risk to the campus. The public was asked to avoid the surrounding area of Hawley.

The student barricaded themselves in their residence hall room and caused the sprinkler system to turn on, ultimately flooding the surrounding area of the 5th floor. After significant negotiation between the student and members of a responding SWAT team took place, the student began lighting fires in their room, which caused the SWAT team to breach the door, according to the Log.

As members of the SWAT team attempted to access the student, the student jumped out of a window, falling into a tree and to the ground below. They were immediately met with medical aid and taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. They have also been placed on hold for mental health evacuation.

Around 11:12 p.m., another OSU Alert sent to the Corvallis campus stated that according to the Oregon State Police and the OSU Department of Public Safety, the situation involving the student in Hawley had been resolved, but students were to remain evacuated and the public should continue to avoid the area.

The investigation regarding the student’s possible criminal actions is currently active, Oregon State Police said.

The Barometer will provide updates as more information becomes available.