Statement from the Chancellor on Campus Closure

October 23, 2019

Dear Abington Community,

I am thankful that everyone is safe today following a campus closure as police investigated a potential threat. While this incident is understandably concerning, please know that the safety of the Penn State Abington community is my top priority and that the University takes very seriously any reported threat of violence.

I am grateful for the anonymous tip submitted to police, as well as the swift action of our staff, University Police and the Abington Police Department. When a potential threat is received, we must act out of an abundance of caution. I thank all of the faculty, staff, and students for their cooperation as we worked to address the situation. I appreciate your understanding that only limited information is available for us to share with you as the investigation is ongoing.

We will continue to do all that we can to keep our campus safe. Students who have been impacted by this incident can seek support through the campus Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).

Faculty and staff who have been affected should reach out to our Employee Assistance Program at 866-799-2728 for help with counseling and other practical concerns.


Damian J. Fernandez, Ph.D.

Albert and Suzanne Lord Chancellor
Penn State Abington College