Tom Gebhardt: Off-Campus, On-Duty – University at Albany-SUNY

Tom Gebhardt: Off-Campus, On-Duty

April 6, 2009

Tom Gebhardt’s campus office is empty, but that’s a good thing. As director of the university’s Office of Personal Safety & Off-Campus Affairs and the university liaison with the neighborhoods of the city, his everyday concern is for students who live off campus. He spends his days — and many nights — in the downtown areas of Albany, meeting with students, neighborhood leaders, and Albany safety officers mapping out plans and activities to help keep the city streets safe and, not incidentally, helping the students to become responsible, contributing members of the communities in which they live.

“We’re proactive, and our charge is more than just assuring their safety and well-being,” Gebhardt said. “It’s about having these young people understand local laws and ordinances as well as our expectations and the neighborhoods’ expectations of the lives they lead off campus.”

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