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The Student News Site of Ithaca College

THE ITHACAN

Elyse Nepa, assistant director of the Clery Act and Prevention Education within the Office of Public Safety and Energy Management, spoke with SGC on Feb. 27.

SGC meets with Office of Public Safety and Energy Management

By Noa Ran-Ressler, Assistant News Editor March 1, 2023
SGC met with members of the Office of Public Safety and Energy Management and received a tour of the facilities at its Feb. 27 meeting. 
The Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management (OPS) is working to increase use of Rave Guardian, the college’s public safety app, among the campus community and at other Ithaca College campuses. While Rave Guardian was introduced to the college’s campus in April 2021, Samm Swarts, associate director of Emergency Preparedness and Response, said the app was launched at the Ithaca College London Center (ICLC) on Aug. 23 and will be available at the Ithaca College Los Angeles campus starting in Spring 2023.

Rave Guardian app sees increased use as access expands

By Clare Shanahan, Assistant News Editor August 31, 2022
As engagement with the Rave Guardian app at Ithaca College rises, the program is being expanded and implemented at new locations.
The 2022 Commencement will be held indoors at Glazer Arena in the Athletics and Events Center and guests will be allowed to attend the ceremony in person for the first time since 2019. Commencement organizers hope to offer an event with little-to-no COVID-19 restrictions in place and encourage guests to take precautions as they see fit. 

Seniors react to planned COVID-19 measures for Commencement

By Jadyn Davis, Staff Writer May 4, 2022
Some members of the Class of 2022 have expressed their thoughts on the lack of COVID-19 measures in place for this year's Commencement ceremonies.
Following the discovery of the first swastika in Baker Walkway, Interim President La Jerne Cornish sent an email to the campus community condemning the symbol Feb 4. After the second swastika was found in Whalen, the Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management sent out an alert Feb. 8 to the campus community.

Two swastikas found drawn in Ithaca College campus buildings

By Elijah de Castro and Lorien Tyne February 9, 2022
Since Feb. 3, two separate swastikas have been found drawn on the IC campus. Both are under investigation –– one as a potential vandalism hate crime.
Elyse Nepa, Clery Act and crime prevention coordinator in the Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management, is a part of the Sexual Violence and Prevention Committee.

Program aims to educate students about violence prevention

By Caroline Grass, Staff Writer November 10, 2021
A new program at Ithaca College, IC Responsibility (ICR), aims to educate students about intervention to ensure that violence prevention education.
Swarts said his job is to plan for any kind of emergency the college community might face, like natural disasters, pandemics or other major threats.

Q&A: New position focuses on emergency management

By Caitlin Holtzman, News Editor September 22, 2021
Samm Swarts was named the assistant director of emergency preparedness and response for Ithaca College on May 13.
Church attempts to recruit students on campus

Church attempts to recruit students on campus

By Caitlin Holtzman, Staff Writer February 5, 2020
Several Ithaca College students reported being approached on campus by women asking them to join a religious organization Feb. 3.
Bill Kerry, director of the Ithaca College Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management, said that development for the app began in Fall 2019 and that it should be completed during Spring 2020. He also said that in addition to the Public Safety office, Information Technology and the Office of College Communications helped to develop the app too. 

Public Safety receives feedback about app from SGC

By Sam Haut, Senior Writer February 5, 2020
Bill Kerry, director of the Ithaca College Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management, discussed a Public Safety app with the SGC on Feb. 3.
The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office initially reported Oct. 29 that a man had forcibly touched two women on separate occasions. The first incident occurred Oct. 14 in the 2600 block of Danby Road, and the second occurred Oct. 28 on the Thayer Preserve Trail on Sand Bank Road.

Suspect still at large after forcible touching incidents

By Ashley Stalnecker, Assistant News Editor November 6, 2019
There were two reported incidents of forcible touching, with one being classified as rape, approximately four miles from Ithaca College in October.
Public Safety holds shelter-in-place drills for emergencies

Public Safety holds shelter-in-place drills for emergencies

By Caitlin Holtzman, Staff Writer November 6, 2019
Ithaca College has conducted routine shelter-in-place drills and installed a new Emergency Notification System (ENS) in case of an emergency. 
College reports increase in sexual assault crimes

College reports increase in sexual assault crimes

By Caitlin Holtzman, Contributing Writer October 9, 2019
The Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management released its Annual Security and Fire Safety Report to the Ithaca College community Oct. 1.
The Ithaca Police Department received multiple reports from March 29 to 31 about druggings at bars on The Commons. The initial reports did not involve any students from Ithaca College, but two students from the college claimed they were drugged on April 5.

Students allegedly drugged at bar on The Commons

By Ashley Stalnecker, Staff Writer April 10, 2019
Two Ithaca College students say they were drugged at the Lot 10 Bar and Lounge, located on The Commons, the night of April 5.
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