East Quad experiences shower incident
On Aug. 27, East Quad residents received an email from Community Development Coordinator Vincent Scarfo detailing another incident of an individual peering into the showers. The incident follows similar occurrences in East Quad last year that led the University to add locks to communal bathroom doors.
On Jan. 28, 2014, Director of Public Safety Ed Callahan sent an email to East Quad residents detailing an incident in which a male party peered at a female resident in the shower.
Two days later, former CDC of East Quad Stephanie Crane emailed residents to assure them that the situation was being handled and that new safety precautions were being looked into, such as issues with shower curtains that did not provide enough coverage.
On Feb. 7, Crane sent out another email to announce that the bathroom doors were all being adapted to be lockable. “If the door is shut and locked you will be able to access the bathrooms using your room key,” she wrote.
According to Scarfo’s email, two residents of East Quad observed a male individual peering into the showers of the fourth floor women’s restroom of Hassenfeld Hall on Aug. 27.
The individual was described in the email as a short, Asian male with spiky, dark hair and was wearing glasses. University Police are working to identify the individual. As of yesterday, the suspect had not been identified. “Your safety is our priority, and we are investigating the incident to determine how the person gained access to the facility,” Scarfo wrote.
Scarfo included a list of precautions to take to avoid future incidents, such as not propping open bathroom and exterior doors, to “ensure that only East Quad residents have access to the facilities” as well as being aware of who students are allowing into the buildings, locking room doors and reporting suspicious activity.
According to Executive Director of Integrated Media William Schaller in an email to the Justice, the University has been checking a number of security features, including the bathroom lock system. “We also have increased our checks of the exterior doors, which are locked and equipped with card readers,” he wrote.