Public Safety Alerts



Fire outside Emerson Hall

The Office of Public Safety is investigating a suspicious fire that occurred on Monday, Nov. 9, at approximately 2:58 a.m., and consumed several plastic 55-gallon recycle bins outside the northeast entrance to Emerson Hall. The fire, which was extinguished by the Ithaca Fire Department, destroyed the bins and their contents and caused damage to the exterior of the building. The Office of Public Safety is working with the Ithaca Fire Department to determine the cause/origin of the fire, which is being classified as Arson at this time.

Similar incidents occurred on Sept. 7 and 9 in the same general location, and on Sept. 30 and Oct. 5, 21, and 22 near other Lower Quad residence halls. Those incidents also involved fires in recycle bins. It is unknown if these fires are related.

Anyone having information pertaining to any of these incidents is encouraged to contact the Office of Public Safety at 607-274-3333, or to leave an anonymous voice mail message at 607-274-1060.

Members of the campus community are reminded to call immediately to report suspicious circumstances or activity to the Office of Public Safety.

To aid in the prevention of crime and to keep the campus community informed about safety and security issues on an ongoing basis, an institution must alert the campus community of certain crimes in a manner that is timely and will aid in the prevention of similar crimes.

As required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act [20 USC 1092 (f)], Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, and subsequent amendments, the crimes reported that mandate a "timely warning notice" are in the categories of aggravated assault, arson, burglary, murder and non-negligent homicide, robbery, sexual offenses (forcible and non-forcible), and motor vehicle theft.