With nearly all of the Slippery Rock College (SRU) scholar physique again on campus, native and state regulation enforcement have elevated their presence throughout campus and the encircling group.
On Sept. 3, Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) responded to 2 assaults on the off-campus housing complicated, College Village. These cases, together with a stabbing two weeks earlier than on the property, has led administration to make modifications to maintain residents secure.
Alexandra Liston, property supervisor at College Village, mentioned at the very least one particular person was injured within the two separate fights. The extent of the accidents just isn’t identified. In each cases, campus safety broke up the assaults.
“There was an uptick in unruly and harmful conduct all through the Slippery Rock group and ours right here at College Village,” mentioned Liston in an e mail despatched to the residents. “Administration is absolutely dedicated to doing its half in combatting this.”
Three insurance policies have been listed in an e mail despatched to residents Sept. 5 to fight the uptick in violence. Any non-resident that’s thought-about an uninvited visitor can be issued a defiant trespass discover and is topic to arrest. Safety will now monitor the Pleased Bus to make sure all company are there to see a selected particular person. College Village can even share data with PSP and SRU, no matter residency.
The stabbing incident occurred Aug. 22 and the PSP is investigating it as assault with a weapon. The sufferer, a 21-year-old male, confronted three unknown people for breaking beer bottles whereas at a big out of doors gathering and was assaulted.
One of many attackers allegedly held a bit of glass from a damaged bottle. Through the assault, the sufferer was reduce round six-to-eight-inches on his again. The offenders fled the scene quickly after the assault. No arrests have been made.
Break-ins have been a recurring offense as nicely. On Aug. 4, a Slippery Rock graduate visiting buddies had their Volkswagen GLI damaged into whereas parked within the College Village visitor parking. They reported a number of objects stolen, together with their work bag with paperwork, an iPad, golf golf equipment, fishing gear, boots, sun shades and Bose earbuds. The iPad was later dumped again within the parking zone the place it was discovered and dropped at the College Village workplace.
Fashionable Slippery Rock space Twitter account, @srucrushes1, obtained posts from group members about break-ins occurring to vehicles parked at not solely College Village, however Campus Aspect Flats and the Grove Flats as nicely.
Drug-and alcohol-related incidents have been repeatedly reported within the College Police blotter within the first weeks of lessons. To date, there have been 4 instances involving marijuana. In two of the instances, the people concerned have been transported to the hospital.
There have additionally been seven DUI arrests reported within the because the begin of the semester, not solely by SRUPD however Slippery Rock Borough Police and the PSP as nicely.
Kristina Benkeser, director of Scholar Well being Providers (SHS), acknowledged how this enhance of drug and alcohol abuse might presumably be attributable to heavy ingesting that occurred over lockdown.
“The severity (of alcohol-related cases) has elevated as a result of quantity of alcohol college students are ingesting,” Benkeser mentioned. “Then, mixing alcohol with Purple Bull or one other stimulant is inflicting blackouts.”
Since 2018, there have been 12 substance abuse instances and 99 alcohol-related instances that have been referred to her division, not together with the present numbers from this present 12 months.
Though Benkeser mentioned it was very uncommon, the SHS division does see the occasional case of a drug overdose. The most typical type of abuses the SHS offers with is over-the-counter medicines, comparable to Ibuprofen of Tylenol.
The Scholar Counseling Middle (SCC) affords companies for college kids struggling academically and personally, such because the adjustment to varsity, communication abilities, melancholy, stress and nervousness. In addition they provide companies associated to drug and alcohol abuse. College students wanting help can go to the SCC in Rhoads Corridor or name 724.738.2034.