Message from President Stuart Rabinowitz
As we continue to grieve the loss of our student Andrea Rebello, the safety of our students and our community has been foremost in our minds. I wanted to share some of our thoughts with you.
First, I want to emphasize that we continue to do everything in our power to ensure that our 240 – acre campus is as safe as possible. Our Public Safety officers regularly patrol our campus and we have benefited greatly from two independent security audits conducted over the past seven years, which have led to increased security enhancements on campus. We do everything we can to keep our campus safe and secure, and we encourage our students to live on campus.
Many of our students, faculty and staff live in the surrounding area and the safety of our neighborhood is of paramount concern. While our Public Safety Officers do patrol in the neighborhood, they are not police officers (although many have a law enforcement background and all have law enforcement training), and they have no jurisdiction off campus. Our Director of Public Safety, Karen O’Callaghan, former chief of the Nassau County Police Department with nearly thirty years’ experience in law enforcement, is continuing our close cooperation and working partnership with the Nassau County Police and the Village of Hempstead Police Departments which are responsible for enforcement outside our campus.
Because the safety of our students and community members is our highest priority, it is crucial that we work collaboratively with the Police Departments to enhance safety in our area. Be assured that our conversations are ongoing and our voice will be heard. Hofstra’s administrators have already had many conversations with students, faculty, parents and members of the community, many of whom have offered suggestions for improvement. I will be appointing a Task Force to be chaired by Vice President for Student Affairs Sandra Johnson and Director of Public Safety Karen O’Callaghan to oversee and coordinate these efforts. Their work will begin immediately. We will continue to seek input as we work collectively to enhance the safety and security of our students.
Our work has already begun and we will continue to update you.
Student Counseling Services: Please call 516-463-6791. If you are experiencing an emergency during non-business hours, please contact Hofstra's Public Safety office at 516-463-6789, and they will put you in contact with a crisis counselor immediately. More information can be found here.
Residential Programs Staff: For questions about on-campus housing, please contact the Office of Residential Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 516-463-6930.
Off-Campus Living and Commuting Student Services Staff: If you are a student living off campus please do not hesitate to contact Anita Ellis, Director for Off-Campus Living and Commuting Student Services at Anita.Ellis@hofstra.edu, who can also assist in connecting you to supportive campus resources.
Interfaith Center: Members from the Interfaith Center are available for spiritual support and counseling and can be reached at email@example.com
In addition, of course, please don't hesitate to contact the Student Affairs office at 516-463-6933 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Statement from Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz
May 20, 2013
The Hofstra University community is deeply saddened by the loss of Andrea Rebello, a junior public relations major, who was killed in a senseless act of violence that took place in a rental house off campus. Our hearts and minds and our thoughts and prayers are with her family, her friends and her classmates. At commencement, we honored Andrea’s memory with white ribbons and a moment of silence. While our hearts are laden with grief, together our community will heal and find the strength to move forward.