Dear Members of the Skidmore Community,
As many of you know from reports in the media, four Skidmore students were arrested early in the morning on Saturday, December 18, following an altercation off campus at a restaurant in downtown Saratoga Springs. While details about the incident continue to emerge, we have confirmed that three of the students were charged with misdemeanors. The fourth was charged with felony assault and a related hate crime stemming from his alleged use of a racial epithet during the incident.
We do not yet have a full account of the incident and its aftermath, and, as the investigations proceed, I urge that we resist making judgments or assumptions about what happened. These are very serious allegations, and there are procedures in place both externally (the criminal courts) and on campus (our student disciplinary process) to determine what outcomes might be appropriate. It is important that we respect these processes and move forward in a way that allows for the fair treatment of all involved.
Skidmore College values its relationships with our neighbors in Saratoga Springs, and we take seriously the responsibilities we have as an institutional citizen as well as the responsibilities that each of us has as a member of the community. We always regret any incident that threatens to undermine those relationships, and we deeply regret any incident that results in personal injury or property damage.
Thank you for your patience and your understanding, as we all work through this difficult situation in a way that is respectful of the rights of all individuals associated with this incident.