Temple University employee Patricia Williams was found dead near her office on the ninth floor of Gladfelter Hall early Monday morning. Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications Brandon Lausch says no suspicious activity was found at the scene.
The university put out a statement saying “It is with great sadness that Temple University reports the death of Patricia ‘Pat’ Williams, an administrative coordinator for the Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts. Mrs. Williams, of Philadelphia, served the university for 47 years and will be greatly missed by her family, friends and co-workers. She was 64 years old.”
She is the second Temple employee to have been found dead on campus in the last two weeks.
Students with classes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the ninth floor of Gladfelter Hall have been instructed to talk to security about where the classes have been relocated. The ninth floor has not been accessible to students since about 11 a.m. You can find the schedule for the classes by clicking on the picture to the left:
Many students took to Twitter in the onslaught of police vehicles and emergency authorities, asking where the TU Alert, Temple University’s emergency alert system, about the situation was.
So @TempleUniv you wanna send out that TU alert about 9th floor of Gladfelter or naw ?
— Lauren Bielski (@l_Bielski) February 8, 2016
Temple University tweeted shortly after the incident that TU Alerts are for situations involving immediate threats.
PSA: TUalerts are sent in the event of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat #TempleFacts
— Temple University (@TempleUniv) February 8, 2016
The scene was under control by about 12:15 p.m. and normal operations were underway at Gladfelter Hall. The ninth floor was evacuated and empty following the discovery. No word yet on when students will be allowed to enter and regular classes will presume on the ninth floor.
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