A Georgetown student who fell more than five stories out of a dormitory window last night survived the ordeal with numerous injuries, including a broken foot, broken ribs, a punctured lung and a spinal injury.
Students that were trickling back to campus after the winter break were largely unaware of the incident today; several of them arriving early were new students arriving for the first time. A window on the north end of the building, on the fifth floor, had been taped up, although whether this window was the one involved in the incident is not confirmed.
How Michelle Konkoly, 18, fell out of the window on the fifth floor of the Village C West dormitory at roughly 1:30 in the morning is still unknown. She was conscious when EMTs arrived on the scene, and told them she had been trying to open the window because she was “hot,” according to an incident report from D.C. police.
She also told them that she was “unsure exactly what happened,” according to the report.
Konkoly, who is a freshman member of the swim team according to the university’s website, was transported to GWU hospital, where she is in serious but stable condition, according to a WTOP report. Police have no reason to suspect foul play, according to the WTOP story.
What led to the incident is unclear. The swim team returned to campus on Monday. Most other students had not yet returned to Georgetown at the time of the incident, given that housing restrictions prevented many students from returning until noon today.
“University officials have been in touch with the student's family and will provide resources as appropriate during this time,” said Georgetown spokesperson Rachel Pugh.
Pugh did not answer a question about whether the school has determined whether the incident was alcohol-related, saying only that the investigation is still ongoing, and “we are cooperating with local law enforcement authorities on that as needed.”
As the Washington City Paper noted this morning, the incident smacks of another that happened at
Georgetown George Washington University in May of 2010 when Taylor Hubbard, 20, died after falling from a fifth story window on campus.
Konkoly’s supposed difficulty with the temperature in the Village C West dorm is not unheard of, as DCist notes. Two years ago, university newspaper the Hoya investigated the excessive heat in rooms the Villace C West and East buildings, in addition to an academic building.
In 2009, one resident of the building, Anne Kenslea , told the Hoya that the heating situation made it necessary to open the window, even in the winter.
“There’s no middle ground,” Kenslea said. “Sometimes we open our window because that’s the only way to get it to cool down.”