Dean Calhoun Addresses Robert Gardner’s Arrest

Written by Executive Editor on August 18th, 2014

After we emailed her yesterday asking for a comment on the recent arrest (and alleged firing) of Campus Safety Officer Robert Gardner, Dean of Students Rochelle Calhoun has responded and indicated that we will be hearing from President Glotzbach at some point this week. You can find her full response below. Thanks to anyone who has taken the time to get in contact with Dean Calhoun or any other college official on the whole affair.

Dear Skidmore Unofficial,

Thank you for your e-mail and the opportunity to address your concerns.

The College did address the incident involving a former employee immediately.  What we did not do was to immediately inform the Skidmore community that we had addressed the incident as it related to our campus.  What I want you to know is that the College takes issues of sexual and gender-based misconduct very seriously.  It is the seriousness with which we view this issue that has shaped our planned response.  We have been working on a comprehensive response to the community.  Our response to this important issue includes:

  • a clear message from the President about our institutional values and expectations
  • a new website that brings together information about our  revised policies and resources (both on-and off-campus)
  • an announcement of a series of open forums where we can come together as a community to discuss issues of sexual and gender-based misconduct and our shared community values
  • an update to the community about the incident this summer

You can anticipate receiving a letter from President Phil Glotzbach this week. We have been working diligently for some weeks now to be ready to get a message out to our community before the beginning of the new academic year.  Once you receive the letter, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with any suggestions or concerns.

I appreciate the opportunity to address your concerns.  I hope that we will continue to be engaged together in this important dialogue.

All the best,

W. Rochelle Calhoun
Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs

 

3 Comments so far ↓

  1. anonymous says:

    The letter states, “The College did address the incident involving a former employee immediately. What we did not do was to immediately inform the Skidmore community that we had addressed the incident as it related to our campus.”
    1) Other than “suspending him without pay,” how did they address this incident?
    2) It has been 2 months now, and neither the students, parents nor the entire community have been notified or contacted?
    Why is this a secret?

    If Skidmore Unofficial hadn’t pushed the issue with the administration, would we had even heard from them at all?

    • Major Qwik says:

      Apparently it depends on how you define “address.” It seems like (for this purpose) Calhoun takes it to mean “not completely and utterly ignore that it happened.” Okay, fine. In that case, she’s technically right: they did address it by suspending him.

      But the biggest problem is that the administration did nothing to address it publicly, which is equally important. It seems like they’re using semantics to cover their asses, which is kind of bullshit.

  2. letter recipient says:

    So when something bad happens we waste more paper by sending out a letter that said something bad happened? The makes complete sense if you don’t think about it

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