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Oregon State University evacuates floor of Hawley Hall because of student in crisis

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An Oregon State University student in "significant emotional distress" jumped from his fifth-floor dorm room late Tuesday night and was taken to a hospital, according to the university.

The condition of the student wasn't immediately known.

For several hours Tuesday, officials with OSU and troopers with Oregon State Police worked to resolve the situation at Hawley Hall. OSU evacuated the fifth floor as a precaution while specialized officers with OSP attempted to contact the student.

OSU Vice President Steve Clark said the student, who is new to the school, made generalized threats, but there was no indication that he had any weapons.

He said the sprinkler system went off twice during the incident. The first time the student pulled the alarm. The second time the student started a fire in his room before he jumped. The school then had to activate the system. The university is assessing how much water damage occurred to the student's room and those below his.

Any students who were evacuated were relocated to open residence hall rooms on campus for the night.

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