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Creighton holds news conference following incident at Gallagher Hall

In a press conference Monday afternoon, Creighton University officials addressed next steps following a weekend incident in which two students were injured by another student at Gallagher Residence Hall early on the morning of Feb. 11.

Creighton Chief Communication and Marketing Officer Jim Berscheidt and Vice Provost for Student Life Tanya Winegard reported on the incident and took questions from the media.

“This is obviously a very serious matter,” Berscheidt said. “Providing a safe environment for our students to learn and live is a high priority at Creighton, and it is an area of the University where we invest considerable resources in many different ways.”

The victims in the incident were treated and released from CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center later on Feb. 11. One victim was injured while riding in an elevator with the alleged assailant. The second victim suffered a knife wound after the opening the door to her room to the alleged assailant. The alleged assailant was not well known to either victim.

Creighton’s investigation into the matter, along with an investigation by the Omaha Police Department remains ongoing.

The alleged assailant has been barred from campus. He is being held in the Douglas County Jail.

In the meantime, the Nebraska Beta chapter of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, of which the suspect is a member, has also been suspended from participating in campus activities. Creighton, which has a spring recruitment period for its Greek system, was just coming to the end of that recruitment period when the attack occurred.

Winegard said the balance of Creighton’s supportive resources have been brought to bear to help the victims and the campus community during this time. Counselors remain available for any students looking to talk about the incident. She said the investigation also hopes to reach out to the suspect with supportive measures.

“We want to support all members of our community,” Winegard said.

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