UPDATE: Oregon State University officials said the situation involving a student in crisis has been resolved after that student set his room on fire and leapt from his fifth-floor window in Hawley Hall Tuesday night.
The student was detained and taken to the hospital for medical attention. The fire in the room was put out by the sprinkler system in the hall. He was evaluated by mental health professionals and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Before this happened, officials said Oregon State Police crisis communicators and Benton County Mental Health Department representatives spoke with the student while he was in his room for several hours, hoping to resolve the situation peacefully.
Residents of the fifth floor of Hawley Hall are not able to go back to their rooms yet, and the university is still asking the public to stay away from the area.
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has evacuated the floor of a residence hall as police respond to a student experiencing a crisis in his room.
University officials said police do not believe there is a safety risk to the general campus community or the public at this time, but evacuated the fifth floor of Hawley Hall on Tuesday around 7 p.m. as a precautionary measure.
They are also asking the public to avoid the area of Southwest Jefferson Way, Southwest Weatherford Place, Southwest Intramural Lane and Southwest Sackett Place.
The university wrote on Twitter that there is not a shooter on campus.
Officials said specialized Oregon State Police troopers are on scene to provide crisis support and public safety.
Students said watching a fellow student make that jump was shocking and scary. They said they understand that college can be a particularly stressful time.
"College is part of the rat race. It's part of that grind to get to the top, and it can be stressful for a lot of people," said Aaron Satyanarayana, an OSU student.
But many students said they felt like OSU does a great job of providing mental health resources and making them available. One of those resources being their CAPS or Counseling and Psychological Services program.
"They try so hard to get you connected with your community, so even if you do end up feeling like you're under too much stress, you have a million different connections to reach out to help fix that problem," said Lauren Lippman, another OSU student.
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