Public Safety Alerts

Public Safety Alert (Issued 4/9/11) - Arson Investigation

Ithaca College Office of Public Safety is investigating a second reported incident of char marks in the shape of what appears to be a ‘smiley face” into the ceiling of a stairwell in the East Tower. The investigation reveals that an unknown person(s) possibly used a lighter or flame to make these marks in the ceiling between the 8th and 9th floors, north stairwell.  Information received indicates that the incident appears to have occurred between 9 PM on 4/8/11 and 1:30 AM on 4/9/11.  

On 4/7/11 the Ithaca College Office of Public Safety issued a Public Safety Alert concerning a similar incident of char marks in the shape of a “smiley face” into the ceiling of a stairwell in the East Tower between the first and second floors, south stairwell. It is believed that this incident occurred between 9 pm on 04/05/11 and 3 pm on 04/06/11. 


It is not known at this time if the two incidents are related.


Arson is a very dangerous and serious matter. Anyone with information pertaining to these incidents is asked to immediately contact the Office of Public Safety at (607) 274-3333.


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.