SUNY FREDONIA Sense of safety must include details

We agree with a statement from State University of New York at Fredonia spokesman Jeff Woodard when it comes to campus life. Simply stated, Woodard noted plenty has been done — through technology — to keep tabs on what is happening on the grounds that serve a population of more than 4,400.

“SUNY Fredonia is a safe campus,” he said. “We have 300 security cameras, 30 blue light phones, a safety app students can download on their phones, and an accredited University Police Department, which is now working with local law enforcement agencies to resolve this situation.”

His comments came after a Monday note sent to staff and students about an incident in the early morning hours in the vicinity of Ring Road and Park Drive when a male suspect approached female victims and assaulted them, attempting to remove their clothing. Brent Isaacson, university police chief, also noted the victims fought off the attacker and were not physically injured.

Most importantly, the university was proactive in letting everyone know about a potential predator. That lends additional credibility in keeping a campus safe.

When information about potentially dangerous incidents is not shared, that is when community members need to have reason for worry.


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