A Message from Dennis Damazo, Director of Security
As Geneva College′s director of security and a parent of a Geneva student, I have a connection with you as parents. It has been your responsibility to provide a safe and secure environment for your child at home, and it is my responsibility to do all in my power to provide that for your child at Geneva. With the help of dedicated staff and administrators, our goal is to provide a safe and peaceful environment for students to live and learn.
There are many security systems currently in place at the college. The GC Alert is our automated emergency contact system that sends information simultaneously to the cell phones of students, staff and faculty in the event of a campus emergency. Security phones are located throughout campus so that students can call to report a problem or a suspicious situation or to request an security escort. Security personnel make regular rounds of the campus throughout each evening, checking all buildings-both residential and academic-for safety and security. More recent additions to the security system include emergency call boxes on the pedestrian plaza, video surveillance and improved lighting.
But the responsibility of keeping students safe is not limited to our department. The Emergency Readiness Committee, comprised of key staff and administrators, meets regularly to proactively prepare for potential emergencies. We work closely with the Beaver Falls Police and Fire Departments and other area first-responders. In fact, Charles "Mick" Jones, Beaver Falls Chief of Police, is a graduate of Geneva College′s Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCP) and recently spoke to our students in chapel. Click here to listen to his message.
I am often asked by parents if Geneva is a safe campus. We are thankful to say that we have not had a major crime on campus in the past seven years. Geneva College maintains and reports crime statistics in the format required by the Pennsylvania State Police and the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act. Students are also reminded that they have a responsibility in their safety. It is important to be aware of their surroundings since common sense is one of the best ways to deter crime.
I am very proud of the dedicated men and women who work to make Geneva as safe as possible, and I am thankful for the blessing of God′s protection. I have been in law enforcement for more than 20 years, and serving as director of security at Geneva is a career highlight and a privilege. We view our work as an essential function in the educational mission of the college.
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