Security stepped up in Thompson Hall, police patrols increased

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The staff of Residence Life at Penn State is on increased alert following incidents on April 15 and 16 in which an unknown individual took pictures or videos of students in Thompson Hall showers. University Police also have stepped up patrols and surveillance.

University Police learned of the two incidents on April 16 and issued crime alerts, which also have been posted throughout the building and in the area. Police are asking anyone with information about the incidents to contact them at 814-863-1111 or online at

The staff of Residence Life became aware of the situation on Sunday morning and the police have been investigating since that time. Police also have visited students in the building to gather more information, and an auxiliary officer is now stationed in the residence hall. Police patrols of the building will continue through the remainder of the semester.

In addition, Residence Life staff has held floor meetings and discussed the issue with student residents, along with representatives of University Police present.

“The safety and security of our students is our No. 1 priority and we in Residence Life take this situation very seriously,” said Mark Rameker, senior director of Residence Life. “We will continue to do all that we can to ensure the safety of students living in our residence halls. We encourage anyone who may see something suspicious to report it immediately.”

Last Updated April 27, 2017