Message from the President to Skidmore parents regarding campus lockdown
October 1, 2014
Dear Skidmore parent,
Below is a notice that I just sent to the Skidmore community about today’s events.
First and foremost, we are all relieved that no member of our community has been
harmed and the suspect is now in custody. I am proud of the way our Campus Safety
as well as the New York State Police, Saratoga Springs Police, and other law enforcement
agencies responded to the situation. It is clear that we have a strong safety net
in place to keep your sons and daughters and our entire community safe.
That said, this is a reminder that the world is not an entirely safe place, regardless
of the measures we take in advance to make it so. It also underscores the truly critical
work we do with our students to prepare them not only to navigate the world but, more
importantly, to make it a better place than they find it.
I can assure you that we will continue both to do all that we can to keep Skidmore
a safe place for your young adults to live, learn, and grow and to encourage them
to take what they learn here and do the same for their communities once they leave
Philip A. Glozbach
President, Skidmore College
Message to the Skidmore community
October 1, 2014
Early this morning, as part of our Skidmore Urgent Notification System, we alerted
the campus to an active search conducted by police for a Level 3 sex offender who
allegedly committed a sexual assault off-campus. We put the campus on lockdown, and
instructed students to remain in their rooms and closed the campus.
At approximately 8:30 a.m., we notified the campus that police had apprehended the
suspect without incident. Shortly thereafter, we notified the campus that classes
would resume. We reopened at 11:15 a.m.
At this time, we know the suspect was sought in connection with incidents that occurred
off-campus and did not include any member of the Skidmore community. This remains
an active investigation. All are asked to stay out of the area of investigation, which
includes the wooded areas around Falstaffs, Wilson Chapel, and North Broadway. Please
contact Campus Safety (518-580-5566) if you notice any items that might be relevant
to the investigation.
I want to acknowledge that the circumstances of an emergency situation can be upsetting.
Please know that the Counseling Center (518-580-5555) and Health Services (518-580-5550)
are available to those in need of support.
We invite the campus community to an open forum in Gannett Auditorium at 5 p.m. today
for an update on the situation and a review of our emergency procedures. My 5 p.m.
Fireside Chat will be rescheduled. Updates on the situation will be posted on the
Skidmore Web site.
I am pleased that our procedures worked as designed, including our interactions with
police. We thank the Saratoga Springs Police, the New York State Police and Skidmore
College Campus Safety for their excellent work in this investigation. We appreciate
the cooperation of members of the Skidmore community who provided critical information
that led to the apprehension of the suspect.