Special Message to SUNY Geneseo Parents

From Carol Long, Provost, and Leonard Sancilio, Dean of Students


On March 21, more than 50 SUNY Geneseo students were involved in a breakdown and subsequent fire on a bus contracted by Breakaway Tours that was en route to campus following a spring break trip in Florida. The college is taking multiple actions to ease the disruption in our students' lives resulting from the incident.

Clearly, this was an unnerving situation for all involved. However, the students handled the situation responsibly, and we are thankful that there appear to be no serious injuries. Nonetheless, the loss of property such as schoolwork, computers, cash, credit cards, identification cards, clothing, etc. is of concern. The college is working to meet all immediate needs of our students, offering a variety of services that include cash loans, replacement college IDs, loaned computers, academic scheduling/assignment flexibility, and counseling and support.

We owe a great deal of gratitude to North Carolina law enforcement and fire department officials for their quick response. We will continue to work with them to ascertain what personal property can be salvaged. We also thank Frank Ardaiolo, vice president of student life at Winthrop College, who drove by the scene and was first to notify University police of the situation. Also our thanks to Hampton Inn, which offered students food and shelter while awaiting another bus.

We will work closely with the students to advise them on insurance matters related to this incident. The trip was coordinated by the Undergraduate Alumni Association. If you have any further questions, we encourage you to contact Rose Anderson, assistant vice president for alumni affairs, at 585-245-5506 or andersonr@geneseo.edu. We are committed to assisting you and our students to expedite resolution to all concerns related to this incident.