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Protest Against Readmission Hearing Scheduled for March 13th

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

The hand says it all.

With over 1300 people invited on Facebook and YikYak buzz aplenty, you’ve likely heard about the Readmission Hearing Protest by now, but just in case, you haven’t, here it goes…

On Friday, March 13th, at 2:00pm, the school will holding a hearing for the readmission of a student convicted of three violations of Skidmore’s Sexual Misconduct Policy (who had thereby been suspended from campus for a year), which both the student in question and his victim will be attending. As a response to the hearing–in addition to the perpetrator’s violation of his sanctions when he visited campus last weekend–the victim is holding a peaceful and silent protest that same day at 1:00pm, right before the hearing begins, in the space right outside Gannett. Click to continue »

President Glotzbach Releases Official Statement on Campus Safety Officer’s Arrest & New Sexual Misconduct Prevention Initiatives

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Following the arrest of campus safety officer Robert Gardner on charges of sexual misconduct back in late June, President Phillip Glotzbach has sent out a series of emails regarding the incident. What with this being a concern for many alumni, parents, and others not presently on the student email list, the official statement on Gardner’s arrest can be read below.

To Members of the Skidmore Community:

Earlier today, I announced a number of new steps we are taking to expand our response to the issue of gender-based and sexual misconduct. This issue afflicts not only higher education but also the larger communities in which we live, and we will continue to do all that we can to ensure the safety of every member of our community.

Given the heightened sense of concern regarding this issue, I believe it important to update you on an incident that occurred earlier this summer. We were dismayed to learn that a member of our Campus Safety staff was arrested for an alleged sexual abuse. He was off-duty at the time, the events in question occurred off campus, and the other person was unrelated to the College. The employee was immediately suspended, banned from campus, and no longer works at the College.

It is our usual practice not to comment on individual personnel matters; however, these allegations are a matter of public record. As we begin the new academic year, I want to assure you that the College responded immediately and appropriately as soon as we were notified of the incident.

As always, we have been cooperating with local authorities and appreciate their continued efforts in helping to keep our community safe.

Sincerely,

Pg

Philip A. Glotzbach
President

Shortly before–as mentioned in the statement–President Glotzbach sent out an email to the student body outlining steps that the administration has taken to address the growing issue of sexual and gender-based misconduct on college campuses and “foster a campus climate of respect, care, and safety.”

These steps include the creation of a new comprehensive website on sexual and gender-based misconduct; three public forums to be held over the course of this upcoming semester; and an addition unto the New-Student Orientation of a new program entitled “The First 6 Weeks” that will “address a wide range of issues during this important transitional moment for students.”

I strongly encourage you to read through the email and peruse the new website, as it contains very thorough information on sexual misconduct, how to respond to any such misconduct, and what we as a community can do to address this important issue.

Dean Calhoun Addresses Robert Gardner’s Arrest

Monday, 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

Op-Ed: Why It Matters That We’ve Still Heard Nothing About the Arrest of Campus Safety Officer Robert Gardner

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Campus Safety Officer Robert Gardner was arrested for sexual assault in June, and the college still hasn’t released an official statement, or anything even closely resembling one. (If this is the first you’re hearing about all this, well, Happy Wednesday, I guess.) Though there’s no official information about the arrest/conviction, (though I’ve heard from reliable Skidmore students that Gardner has been fired) I felt something of an obligation to share some thoughts that I know are shared by many Skidmore students.

Now, this didn’t happen at Skidmore. This happened off-campus, and the alleged victim is not a Skidmore student. But it’s a college issue nonetheless. Think about if a professor had his or her name attached to a sex scandal to any degree. Of course it should (and hopefully would) be addressed, because it has to do with the college and those are affiliated with it to any degree. The same applies here.

I also understand how complex, difficult, and delicate a matter it must be for the powers-that-be to address such an issue. There’s a lot at stake, especially with the academic year beginning and new students arriving, so having this in the spotlight can’t be something that the college is dying to have on their hands. I’d also imagine that the fact that this happened in the greater Saratoga area (and is presumably being handled by the Saratoga Police Department) must also complicate the relation of information for the college.

Also, I’m not trying to imply that Gardner should never have been hired in the first place (or even that he shouldn’t have remained employed by the college for 35 years), because I know nothing about him and his record as an employee. In general, I try to assume the best in people, and I really don’t have the background information to point fingers about things I know so little about. (Though, if it turns out that this isn’t the first time his name has been brought up in something like this, then I would definitely have a different opinion.)

Lastly, I do believe that me being a Skidmore student does not guarantee me the right to know everything about all things related to this campus. I saw many people get very indignant about not hearing anything about Gardner’s arrest just the day after it happened, but I was a little more hesitant to get upset. I wanted to give the administration the benefit of the doubt that they’d say something soon.

But they didn’t. And they haven’t.

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Skidmore Campus Safety Officer Faces Sex Abuse Charges

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Robert Gardner, a 35 year campus safety officer, has been arrested and charged with sexual abuse and unlawful surveillance of a 28-year-old woman and Saratoga resident. Sources report (and some in slightly graphic detail, so a trigger warning might be in order) that the incident happened Wednesday afternoon at the victim’s residence on Lincoln Ave after Gardner, 62, drove her back home Saratoga Lake, where “Gardner and [she] had been drinking most of the day” (WYNT.com). Gardner, 62, was released on his own recognizance by City Court Judge Jeffrey Wait, and has been suspended by the College without pay. Sources report he is facing up to 7 years in prison.

Campu Safety Officer Robert Gardner, Charged With Sexual Abuse and Unlawful Surveillance

Campus Safety Officer Robert Gardner, Charged With Sexual Abuse and Unlawful Surveillance

Naturally, one is left to wonder why students have had yet to be notified, and perhaps the optimistic answer to this question is that the college will (and had planned to) do so in the very, very near future. Still, time will tell.

Of course, the question then becomes What will the college do next? Even though this terrible violation didn’t take place on the Skidmore campus or involve a Skidmore student, this is definitely a Skidmore issue. It reflects poorly on Campus Safety to students, parents, and potential applicants. And, since the perpetrator is a representative of the Skidmore community–and, perhaps worse, someone who is supposed to serve as a symbol of safety and protection from such crimes–it reflects poorly on Skidmore in general.

Though some action has been taken in Gardner’s suspension without pay, how the college chooses to address this situation–one that is, sadly, merely one in a long line of events concerning safety and sexual assault on college campuses–will no doubt be key in determining how people perceive Skidmore and its stance on such matters. Here’s hoping they make the right decision. And here’s hoping they’ll be kept accountable for it.

The Best Campo Reports from Oct. 25 to Oct. 31

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Friday, Oct. 25:

  • Criminal Mischief: Damage reported at 11:31 a.m. to an outside display at the Tang Teaching Museum. Dispatched officer. Report made.
  • Suspicious Odor: A gas odor reported at 2:30 p.m. by the south door of McClellan Hall. Sergeant reported normal odor when the boiler first started up and the exhaust was blowing up the south stairs.
  • Fire Alarm: A fire alarm received at 11:41 p.m. at 12 Whitman Way. Officers found a heavy smoke condition from marijuana upon their arrival. The Saratoga Springs Fire Department was contacted and advised.

Saturday, Oct. 26:

  • Criminal Mischief: Report received at 2:24 a.m. that a front door in Wait Hall wouldn’t close. Dispatched officer and maintenance who requested a carpenter. The carpenter reported at 6:16 a.m. that the door had been repaired.
  • Criminal Mischief: Officer reported finding a hole at 8:48 p.m. in the second floor east stairwell of Penfield Hall.
  • Criminal Mischief: Two males reported at 11:50 p.m. urinating on a Moore Way building and then smashing a bottle against the reporting person’s door after she closed it. Officers dispatched but subjects were gone upon arrival. No damage found and the glass was cleaned up by a resident.
  • Suspicious Activity: A suspicious vehicle reported at 9:30 p.m. parked in the Cane Crossing Parking Lot.

Sunday, Oct. 27:

  • Disorderly Conduct: Officer reported at 12:22 a.m. that a student pushed past him at an event in Case Center.
  • Suspicious Odor: A suspicious odor reported at 7:33 p.m. on the second floor of Penfield Hall. Officer dispatched.
  • Suspicious Activity: Officers reported a suspicious male at 11:42 p.m. near the exhibit at the Tang Teaching Museum.

Monday, Oct. 28:

  • Aggravated Harassment: Offensive texts reported at 4 p.m. at Cane Crossing. Follow up conducted and report taken.

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Best Campo Incident Reports From Sept. 13 to Sept. 19

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Friday, Sept. 13:

  • Moving Violations: Officers observed three violations at 6:36 a.m. of vehicles being driven the wrong way on a one-way thoroughfare on the North Woods and New Apartments grounds.
  • College Violation: Officer reported a college violation of alcohol found at 6:36 p.m. while granting access to a room for a maintenance call in Wiecking Hall. Alcohol confiscated. Report made.

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The Best Campo Incident Reports from Sept. 6 to Sept. 12

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Friday, Sept. 6:

  • Public Lewdness: Officer caught a male at 1 a.m. urinating outside of the entrance to Penfield Hall. Male identified and advised to cease his actions in the future. Report made.

Saturday, Sept. 7:

  • College Violation: Report received at 4:10 a.m. that an adjacent room in McClellan Hall was being very loud. Officer dispatched and reported the loud noise was coming from a television which was now turned off.
  • Medical Assistance: Report received at 9:18 p.m. that a person had spilled a hot beverage in Wait Hall and burnt her chin. Dispatched officers and the Skidmore College Emergency Medical Service. The SCEMS evaluated the reporting person who was transported to the Saratoga Emergency Room.

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New Information on Last Week’s Reported Rape

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Last Wednesday, Campus Safety sent out a notice informing the Skidmore community of a rape reported by a female student on campus. While a fuller picture has emerged, details remain somewhat scanty.

According to director of Campus Safety Dennis Conway, the victim does not wish to be identified. Campus Safety has not interviewed the victim, nor has she indicated any desire to pursue a criminal investigation.

The Saratogian reports:

The victim has been working with a sexual assault adviser, according to Conway. He said there are a number of people on campus, both counselors and other professionals, who are trained in that capacity.
The adviser will discuss the victim’s options and encourage him or her to seek medical treatment. The adviser also acted as a third-party bridge between Campus Safety and the victim, relaying the email to the victim to look over and make any changes before it was sent out to the campus.
“We don’t want the first time they see it to be when it comes out in an email (to the campus),” Conway said.

It would seem that Conway’s department is completely in the dark, with the victim declining to reveal any information beyond the fact that a rape was, indeed, perpetrated.

(via The Saratogian)

Rape Aggression Defense Class

Monday, April 1st, 2013
IT'S FREE THOUGH

EXCEPT IT’S FREE THOUGH

Starting this Wednesday, Campus Safety will be running a series of R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) classes on campus, and I’ve been asked to relay the info. The classes are open to all women in the Skidmore community.

The R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) System is a nationally recognized program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training.

Participants must attend all four classes, and although originally slated to cost $20 per head, it is now FREE. For those interested, contact Officer Terri Sanacore (tsanacor@skidmore.edu), Officer Trevor Barber (tbarber@skidmore.edu) or Officer Danielle Charbonneau (dcharbon@skidmore.edu),  or give Campus Safety a call at (518) 580-5567.

Wednesday April 3 
Thursday April 4  
Tuesday April 9
Thursday April 11
@ 5:30pm