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Update to Campus Community on Feb. 20 Incident

February 22, 2016

Dear Kutztown University Community,

The aggravated assault that occurred in the borough this past weekend has weighed heavily on all of our minds. 

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victim, his family and friends.  He remains in the hospital in serious condition.  We are hopeful for a full and fast recovery.

I want to extend my sincere appreciation to the Kutztown Borough police for their handling of the situation and their quick identification of the individuals involved in the assault.  I also want to thank the first responders, our campus police department, and everyone from the campus community who assisted in the identification effort.

It is clear that these types of incidents often attract significant media attention which, in turn, raises questions about the safety of the campus and the borough.  Those of us who are familiar with the Kutztown University community understand that this is an isolated incident; however, we also understand that no place is immune to crime.  While, overall, we consider Kutztown University and the borough to be safe environments, we must continuously encourage each other to remain vigilant in all places at all times and to take personal safety seriously.

With that in mind, we do have several measures in place, particularly on campus, to enhance the safety of our students, faculty and staff.  We have our own police force, which patrols the campus 24-7.  We have training programs for our students beginning at orientation and continuing through their tenure at KU.  Other safety measures include an on-campus escort program, emergency call stanchions in key locations, emergency alert systems, shuttle buses and regular safety reviews.

For off-campus residents, we have helped the borough implement KUBoK, a crime watch program that patrols the town streets Thursday through Saturday when student foot traffic is heaviest.  Many of our faculty, staff and students volunteer for this effort.  In addition, we have established a university/community committee to discuss all issues that may affect the university and borough.   

Thank you for your role in ensuring a safe environment on our campus and in the community.  We will be sure to provide you with further information as it becomes available.

Sincerely,

Kenneth S. Hawkinson, Ph.D.
President