Junior who fell from Shenkman Hall awake and recovering

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Students write uplifting messages with chalk on the sidewalk in front of and walls of Shenkman Hall.

The junior who fell from a ninth-floor window in Shenkman Hall last week is awake and recovering from serious injuries at GW Hospital.

Dean of Student Affairs Peter Konwerski said the student “is communicating and has expressed her gratitude for the caring support of the GW community.” Students placed flowers at the spot where she fell and left messages of support at the entrance of Shenkman Hall on Friday, with notes such as “We love you” and “GW Strong.”

The student was found unconscious Thursday and was suffering from abrasions, apparent broken bones, possible internal injury, swelling and “other major injury,” according to a police report.

Konwerski said the University would continue to provide “targeted and specific outreach” to students affected by the incident, and said students can contact the University Counseling Center, Student Health Service and their academic advisers with concerns.

University President Steven Knapp said at a Faculty Senate meeting Friday that the student was “severely injured” by the fall. In an interview, he said GW would continue to focus on counseling for students, as well as creating the sense that the University is a “health-collaborative campus.”

“I think we’re certainly keeping an eye on her situation and hoping she pulls through this OK,” he said.

The Student Association sent an email Saturday laying out the resources available to students and offering support to those shaken by the incident.

“It’s important for all of us to look out for one another and be there for our friends, coworkers, and neighbors,” the message read.

The Metropolitan Police Department had responded to an emergency call for a suicide Thursday afternoon at the residence hall. Police shut down 23rd Street between F and G streets for about two hours.

MPD public information officer Paul Metcalf said Sunday there was no new information about the incident, including how the student fell.

The University has “no indication that the incident was the result of a criminal act,” according to a statement released Thursday.

In 2010, sophomore Taylor Hubbard died after falling from a fifth-story window in Guthridge Hall. Hubbard sustained “multiple internal injuries,” according to a police report filed then.

Colleen Murphy contributed reporting.

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