Reporting Crimes & Emergencies

Witnesses and victims of a campus crime or emergency, or who are suspicious of people or situations on campus are encouraged to contact Hartwick College Campus Safety immediately. To make a report or file a complaint dial 4111; for emergency response dial 911. (Dialing 911 on a cell phone will connect the caller to the Otsego County 911 Center.)

If a crime, violation of College policy, or emergency is reported, Hartwick College Campus Safety will respond immediately and follow these procedures: A Campus Safety officer will be dispatched to the scene to assess the situation and attend to the needs of any victims. Should the situation warrant it or the victim request  it, outside agencies such as the police, ambulance, or rape crisis team will be contacted. At the scene the Campus Safety officer(s) is responsible for maintaining order, taking statements from victims and witnesses, preserving evidence, and contacting College officials and Counseling services if needed.

The responding Campus Safety officer(s) also will file a written report of the incident with the Director of Campus Safety who, in turn, will share this report with the Vice President for Student Affairs. All serious crimes, e.g. burglaries, robberies, arson,  and sexual assault, will be investigated by the Oneonta Police Department or New York State Police. All serious incidents that occur on campus or in the community at large will be reported to the members of the campus community in a timely manner via  various means, including Campus Safety alerts, campus bulletin boards, e-mail distribution lists, and the College newspaper.