Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct
Resources and Information

Update on campus safety alerts

October 6, 2015

Dear Skidmore students,

While I wish this letter were about the many great accomplishments and events that have already happened across campus this semester – and there is so much to say that is laudable – I am, unfortunately, writing about the disappointing, inexcusable and damaging behavior occurring within our community.  

As you likely are all aware, there have been three Sexual and Gender Based Misconduct (SGBM) incidents requiring Safety Alert notifications on campus since the beginning of the academic year. These incidents are of great concern.  This behavior will not be tolerated and thorough investigations are well underway. As is the case with any ongoing investigation, we cannot share all information with the community; however, we will accept all information that you have regarding these and any other related incidents.  Information can be shared anonymously at our (TIPS) line (518- 580-8477).

We take all reports of Sexual and Gender Based Misconduct very seriously and begin investigating immediately after we are informed.  We alert the campus as soon as possible with pertinent information that we can confirm. Beyond our active investigations of all three incidents, we have stepped up Campus Safety presence to help prevent future incidents.  Beginning on Thursday October 8th, I have asked the Residential Life staff to hold meetings for each residence hall to discuss these incidents and to provide updates.  Additionally, the Wellspring Victim Advocate will host group support forums on October 13th in Bolton 102 from 2:00-3:00pm and October 16th in Library 417 from 1:00-2:00pm.  I continue to be in conversations with members of SGA, Peer Health Educators and others to discuss future preventive actions that will be taken.  

I am reassured that reporting of SGBM incidents is increasing and I strongly urge all students to continue to report any misconduct.  Although it may seem like these incidents are on the rise, we know from our survey data over the last ten years that the incident rate of SGBM on campus is not changing.  However, that is not good enough.  We all must continue to do our part to make this a safe community.

In an effort to heighten awareness around the recent events but also to remind you of deliberate steps that you can take to assure your safety on campus, please review the following information:


Security Measures

Information Sharing

On- and Off-Campus Resources


Off-Campus Resources

How to get involved


Gail Cummings-Danson, Ed.D.
Interim Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs