Arson Investigation, Park School of Communications
The Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management is investigating a report of an arson that occurred in Park School of Communications at approximately 8:42 p.m. on Wednesday, April 02, 2014.
A preliminary investigation reveals that a paper towel dispenser located on the first floor men’s restroom was ignited and ashes from the burning towel dispenser fell into the garbage receptacle causing it to also ignite. Smoke and property damage is limited due to the smoke condition being immediately reported to Public Safety.
Arson is a very serious crime and poses a serious threat to life and property. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Office of Public Safety at 607-274-3333 or to leave an anonymous voice mail message at 607-274-1060.
We use this opportunity to remind our campus community to immediately report all unusual or suspicious persons, vehicles and activity.
In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act [20 USC 1092 (f)], otherwise known as the “Clery Act,” the College is required to provide the campus community timely warning of certain crimes and other conditions that pose a serious or ongoing threat to life and safety. The College meets this notification requirement through the issuance of a “Public Safety Alert” intended to aid in the prevention of similar crimes and provide cautionary measures for the campus community. Clery crimes are as follows: aggravated assault, arson, burglary, murder and non-negligent homicide, robbery, sexual offenses (forcible and non-forcible), motor vehicle theft, and hate crimes (in accordance with Clery reporting categories for prejudice). For additional information concerning timely warnings, crime disclosure and crime reporting, visit /sacl/safety/docs/AnnualSecRep/ to view the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. You may request a hard copy of this publication by calling 607-274-3353 or in person at the Office of Public Safety.