On Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, a William Smith student reported that she was the victim of an attempted assault, which happened at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004. Campus Safety arranged for the student to meet with the Geneva Police Department to begin the investigation.
Here are the facts as she has reported them:
• The student was walking on the sidewalk on South Main St. in the vicinity of the Beta Sigma Cooperative, 756 South Main St.
• The assailant stepped out of the bushes and grabbed her from behind.
• The student struck back at the assailant with a sharp object she was carrying and is not sure if she cut him or not.
• The assailant ran off and the student was not injured.
• The student was able to give a description to Campus Safety and the Geneva Police of the assailant:
o Male – approximately 6′ 2″ or 6′ 3″ with an athletic build
o Dressed in dark clothing – hooded sweatshirt, pants, gloves and a mask.
Steps that are being taken include:
• Full investigation by the Geneva Police Department and Campus Safety.
• Increased patrols by Campus Safety and Geneva Police.
• Geneva Police will be working with surrounding law enforcement agencies.
• Alteration of landscaping to increase visibility on campus.
• Changing shuttle route to cover campus and downtown more frequently.
Please continue to practice the following:
• Travel in groups in well-lit and well traveled areas
• Use campus shuttle or call Campus Safety after dark if you are in need of transportation
• Lock doors and windows of your room/building, especially during evening/sleeping hours
• Do not prop open doors, thwart security measures, or let strangers into any residence hall or small house
• Have your keys with you and in hand to quickly access the door of your vehicle or building
• If strangers approach, maintain a distance and be observant; if they are in a vehicle, get a license plate number
• Think ahead about what you would do under dire circumstances. Try to get a description.
• Report any suspicious persons, vehicles or activities to Campus Safety.
If you have any information that would facilitate this investigation, please contact Investigator Chris Beattie of Campus Safety at (315) 781-3656 (with an on-campus telephone please use the ext., 3656) or the Geneva Police Department. Crime will not be tolerated on this campus!
Information from the previous assault:
President Gearan's letter to the Colleges Community