Hilbert College announces new policies following arrest of student

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Hilbert College announced that it’s enhancing its campus safety policies after a student was recently arrested.

Breandan Mantz, a 19-year-old freshman, was charged with three crimes, including criminal possession of a weapon and menacing. Authorities say he had threatened other students.

The school says a safety officer determined that there was no credible threat. Despite this, the college’s response drew ire from students and parents.

Mantz was released from jail on Friday after posting bail.

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Since new policies were announced, the college says students will be made aware of campus incidents or reports when faculty and staff are notified.

Hilbert says the following changes are now in effect:

  • “Hilbert updated its communication procedure and in the event of a perceived threat, students, faculty, staff, and parents will be notified simultaneously.
  • Student representatives will continue to participate on the Campus Safety Committee, which meets throughout the year.
  • Plans are underway to initiate additional training for faculty, student services staff, and athletics staff before the start of the next academic year.
  • Hilbert administration will continue to support law enforcement and work collaboratively with the Town of Hamburg Police Department. Campus Safety will work with the Hamburg police to maintain vigilance on campus.
  • Officials will continue a formal review of the college’s emergency management plan for other areas where improvements are possible.”

“With the benefit of hindsight, we see several aspects of our past work that we would have handled differently last week, and we have identified several areas of learning,” College President Cynthia Zane said. “We are sorry that at times our processes appeared to diminish the deep commitment we have to keep all of our students safe.”

A class period was abbreviated on Monday morning so that students could meet on the campus quad and talk about improved safety procedures and communications.

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