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Penn State student suffers serious injuries after fall at fraternity house

A Penn State senior was injured after sliding down a banister and falling at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house early Friday morning, the university confirmed.

The 21-year-old male was drinking alcohol outside of the fraternity and, after sliding down the banister, had “serious head and neck injuries,” State College police Captain Matthew Wilson said Monday.

People in the house “called 911 promptly for assistance,” university spokeswoman Lisa Powers said. The student was transported to UPMC Presbyterian, a level one trauma center, in Pittsburgh, Wilson said.

There was no indication of hazing, the incident is no longer under investigation and police do not plan on filing criminal charges, Wilson said.

“We are grateful for the quick actions of other students in the house in notifying authorities and the response of medical personnel at the scene. Our hearts go out to the family and student,” Penn State said in a statement. “The health, wellbeing and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority.”

John Slota, Interfraternity Council vice president for communications, confirmed that the student was a member of the PKA fraternity, and said the organization is concerned about his recovery and is offering “as much support as possible.”

“The community’s thoughts and prayers remain with the individual, and the IFC asks that everyone continues to respect the privacy of his family and fraternity brothers during this difficult time,” he wrote in an email.

The university said it has reached out to the fraternity and others, and is offering Counseling and Psychological Services and Student Care Advocacy services for those who need it.

Sarah Paez covers Centre County communities, government and town and gown relations for the Centre Daily Times. She studied English and Spanish at Cornell University and grew up outside of Washington, D.C.
Bret Pallotto primarily reports on courts and crime for the Centre Daily Times. He grew up in Lewistown and graduated from Lock Haven University.