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Message from President Cevallos regarding Campus Safety

March 14, 2013

Dear KU Campus Community,

Last night we learned of the third assault on our campus in the past week. I am very concerned about the safety of our university and can understand the worry these recent incidents has caused all of us.

I have met with my senior staff and we have developed a strict plan to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice. Campus Police are working closely with the Pennsylvania State Police to actively investigate the situation. We will be increasing security patrols on campus beginning tonight and are looking into long-term security improvements as well.

As a campus community, we cannot tolerate this behavior. We must work together to reclaim our campus and our personal safety. If you are a witness to a crime, please take it to the proper authorities as soon as possible. Crimes can be reported anonymously to Campus Police on campus by dialing 3TIPS. Off-campus you can call Berks Crime Alert at 1-877-373-9913. Anyone who is identified as being associated with a crime will be subject to prosecution to the fullest extent of the law, as well as our university judicial system.

Please keep your personal safety in mind when you are out on campus and in the borough tonight and in the future. While Kutztown has long been considered a safe place, it only takes inappropriate behavior by a few individuals to tarnish that reputation. Be sure to walk together in groups, use our police escort service if you are alone, and report any suspicious activity to the police.

I trust that by working together, we will create an environment for an enjoyable second half of our spring semester and beyond.

Thank for your concern and your cooperation.


F. Javier Cevallos