A message of support for the Michigan State University community

Another mass shooting again shattered our collective sense of safety and community, this time on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing. We offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the individuals whose lives were taken in a violent attack that is still being investigated. For the individuals who were also injured in this tragic late-night incident, we wish them a full recovery as they and the entire Spartan community attempt to make sense of this senseless inhumanity.

We’d like everyone at Michigan State to know that our thoughts are with them during this painful time and our hearts go out to all who have been impacted by this tragic event. As a Big-Ten sister institution, we too are profoundly struck by this tragedy -- as many of our faculty, staff and students have colleagues and friends in the MSU community. For all who are connected to Michigan State we wish them not only peace, but resilience as well, during this heartbreaking time.

In addition, we recognize the fast-action and dedication of both the police and the emergency responders in this situation, who were steadfast in their pursuit of the individual terrorizing their community.

For those in the Penn State community who need to seek support or assistance, there are various resources that can be accessed.


For Students


  • All students, faculty and staff should sign up for PSUAlert text messages to stay well-informed of the latest emergency information from the University.
  • Penn State police can be reached at 814-863-1111 (non-emergency) and 911 for emergencies at University Park. Contact information for police at Commonwealth Campus locations is available here. Penn State Police and Public Safety encourage all in our community to review the protocols of “Run, Hide, Fight,” part of Penn State’s Active Attacker Response Program. As always, everyone is urged to report any suspicious activity to police.
  • The Penn State Crisis Line (877-229-6400) and the Crisis Text Line (text “LIONS” to 741741), which are open 24/7 to Penn State students dealing with both crisis and non-crisis situations — including faculty, staff and students at all campuses who have a concern about someone else. The professionals with the Penn State Crisis Line can help evaluate each individual situation, offer guidance and help connect callers with further resources if appropriate.
  • Penn State Hotline (anonymous reporting): 800-560-1637


  • Penn State’s Employee Assistance Program, a free, confidential employee and family resource to be used as the first line of defense for personal or work-related concerns for employees and their families. 

Again, our thoughts are with the Spartan family.

Justin Schwartz
Interim Executive Vice President and Provost

Andrea Dowhower
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs

Wes Sheets
Interim Chief, University Police and Public Safety