President Stuart Rabinowitz and Hofstra University: It's Time to Increase Student Safety
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President Stuart Rabinowitz
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President Stuart Rabinowitz and Hofstra University: It's Time to Increase Student Safety

    1. Cassie Goldberg & Alex Strum, Hofstra University Alumni
    2. Petition by

      Cassie Goldberg & Alex Strum, Hofstra University Alumni

      Brooklyn, United States

The recent death of Hofstra University student Andrea Rebello as a result of a home invasion at her off-campus house was preventable. While her death is perhaps the most tragic incident to date, acts of violence have been commonplace for students living off-campus for years. The neighborhood surrounding Hofstra is dangerous. Between their youth and their wealth, students will unfortunately continue to make easy targets until the school does something to protect them.

It is up to President Stuart Rabinowitz and other school officials to take this matter seriously and make some significant changes to ensure the safety of their students.

Therefore, on behalf of all current students and alumni of Hofstra University, and all of their families and friends, we petition President Stuart Rabinowitz (and any/all other campus officials in power) to consider the execution of a combination of the following suggestions to increase safety of its students:

1) Develop and implement an off-campus registry for local landlords renting to students in order to ensure safe and legal housing for those who choose to live in the neighborhood surrounding the school.

2) Assist students residing off-campus through a full time office designed to meet the needs of students residing off-campus locally, advocating for them and aiding them as necessary.

3) Increase security in areas neighboring the campus, commissioning public safety officials to patrol areas surrounding the school at all times – particularly at night.

4) To fulfill the desire and need for students in Greek life (and similar organizations) to reside together in groups outside of the dorms in a safe manner, ultimately create an on-campus (or near-campus) sanctioned "Greek Row" style housing area for members of the Greek community as well as athletes/sports teams and other groups, as seen in so many other public and private schools of all sizes.

No student should be in such a great amount of danger so close to their campus. It is time we come together to make a change, and it starts with President Rabinowitz. Please join us.


Alex Strum
Undergraduate Alumnus, 2006
Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity Member
2005 Homecoming King

Cassie Goldberg
Undergraduate Alumnus, 2007
Alpha Phi Sorority Member
2006 Homecoming Queen


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Hofstra University, President Stuart Rabinowitz
It is time for you to increase the safety of your students. No student should be in such a great amount of danger so close to their campus. It is time we come together to make a change, and it starts with you.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. Updates for 5/22

      Updates: Kyle Arrington, Wayne Chrebet and UFC fighter Chris Weidman publicly shared our petition today. As you may have seen, President Rabinowitz just issued a statement on safety, which can be read here:

      We can't help but think it's in response to our efforts, even if the petition isn't mentioned within. While it's a start, we don't want to lose our momentum. We will reach out to Hofstra shortly, but in the meantime, PLEASE keep sharing and signing. We are doing this to make positive changes at our alma mater, not just to make noise. If Alex and I can work with the university to find REAL solutions, that will be great! But we need to keep showing them how many students care first. Thanks SO much for all of your support!

    3. Letter in Newsday

      Here's Alex's letter to the editor published in Newsday on 5/22:

      Letter: Off-campus Hofstra housing unsafe

      Hearing about the senseless shooting of Hofstra student Andrea Rebello ["Anger and grief," News, May 21], my first thought was not of the sadness of another young life cut short, or the terrible timing with graduation days away, or what will become of the officer whose bullet took Rebello's life.

    4. Reached 1,500 signatures
    5. Early Momentum

      Nearly 700 signatures in just about 3 hours! Amazing how everyone has come together to support. I wouldn’t trade the amazing experiences, memories, education or friends I made at Hofstra for the world, but this is a major downfall of the school. We are not the experts and the suggestions listed in this petition may not be the only options (or even all entirely viable options), but I think we can all agree on the fact that something needs to be done to prevent further incident. Keep signing, sharing and submitting suggestions.



    6. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Paige Hankins DOUBLE OAK, TX
      • 11 months ago

      My daughter will be a new freshman this fall (2013). The suggestions in the petition sound like very good ideas to put in place. Please keep our children safe!

    • Kathryn Robare Munger RUTLAND, VT
      • 12 months ago

      Concerned alumna.

    • Mia Cheung DALLAS, TX
      • 12 months ago

      I go to Hofstra

    • Christopher Mira WEST HARTFORD, CT
      • 12 months ago

      I am a Hofstra Alumni and I truly believe something must be done to increase student safety. Especially considering the cost of tuition, they certainly have the means to do so.

    • Robert Chiapuzzi III WANTAGH, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      Events like these should be preventable with increased student safety, especially since students living in off-campus housing is very voluminous in the Hofstra area. Student safety should be the number one priority.


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