Statement on results of state police investigation into State College shooting

May 08, 2019

First and foremost, we continue to grieve with the members of Osaze Osagie’s family, who are dealing with an extremely difficult and sudden emptiness in their lives.

University officials know that members of our community have been profoundly impacted by this heartbreaking matter, which has heightened concerns among some for safety. It is for that reason that Penn State will appoint representatives to participate in the working group being created by the Borough of State College to examine and address issues of race and mental health in policing. The University will be a key partner in helping to shape the efforts of this group. We welcome these and other actions of the borough and plan to build upon progress of earlier efforts.

Penn State is committed to partnering with the Borough of State College in creating a safer and more inclusive environment for all who live, work and visit here.

For anyone in the University community -- faculty, staff or students -- who may be in need of assistance or support, Penn State offers the following resources:

  • For students, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) are available at all Penn State campuses.
  • For faculty and staff, the Penn State Employee Assistance Program, through HealthAdvocate, offers short-term counseling from licensed professionals, by phone, email or in person to help employees better cope with personal, family and work issues. These sessions are completely confidential. You can call the toll-free number at 866-799-2728 anytime, seven days a week.
  • The Penn State Crisis Line (1-877-229-6400) is a 24/7 toll-free service staffed by licensed professionals available to all Penn Staters.
  • Community members can text the 24/7 Crisis Text Line by texting “LIONS” to 741741.
  • When an extreme “Critical Incident” occurs that you feel requires immediate on-site assistance, supervisors should call the toll-free number directly; or, contact their HR Strategic Partner for assistance.
Last Updated May 08, 2019