Public Safety Alerts

Public Safety Alert Update- arrest made in fire investigation

This information is concerning the Public Safety Alert sent on November 9, 2009.

The Office of Public Safety arrested an Ithaca College student on Monday, Dec. 7, 2009 in connection with a series of suspicious fires occurring outside campus residence halls this fall. The student, who was a resident of Emerson Hall, has been removed from campus.


The student has been charged with one count of 4th degree arson, a class E felony, along with a misdemeanor count each of criminal mischief and reckless endangerment. He was arraigned in Town of Ithaca Court and released on his own recognizance.


The charges against the student are in connection with a fire on Monday, Nov. 9, which was reported at 2:58 a.m. and caused damage to the northern exterior of Emerson Hall. In consultation with the office of the Tompkins County District Attorney, four counts of 5th degree arson, a misdemeanor, are also pending against the student for the following fires:


·         Monday, Sept. 7, 4:14 a.m., north side of Emerson Hall

·         Wednesday, Sept. 9, 12:29 a.m., north side of Emerson Hall

·         Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2:36 a.m., east side of Landon Hall

·         Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2:45 a.m., west side of Clarke Hall


Suspicious fires were also reported on the following dates:

·         Monday, Oct. 5, 12:18 a.m., fire lane between Landon Hall and Bogart Hall

·         Thursday, Oct. 22, 3:47 a.m., east side of Eastman Hall


The investigation, which has been conducted with assistance from the Ithaca Fire Department, is continuing and additional criminal charges are possible.


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 unusual or 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.


The Office of Public Safety monitors the crime reports it receives from the campus community and local police agencies and issues public safety alerts to the campus community on any incidents that are considered to be a serious or continuing threat to students and employees.