By Henry Fisher | April 18, 2022
Dequane Gordon, a student at UAlbany, was arrested at the Campus Center by University Police for second degree assault of a fellow student on Jan. 26. At the moment, he is still a registered student of the University.
The Times Union reported that “[Gordon] was charged with felony assault, criminal possession of a weapon and destruction of evidence. He was sent to the Albany County jail.”
While unable to provide details due to the Federal Student Privacy Law, the Director of Communications for the university, Jordan Carleo-Evangelist, said “I can confirm that there is a student named Dequane Gordon currently registered at UAlbany…”
According to the Times Union, “the two students had an ongoing issue and one student attacked another” with what University Police Chief Paul Burlingame called an “edged weapon.”
Deputy Chief of Police Jeremy Clapper said that, “the injuries were non-life threatening. The victim was treated and released.”
The incident occurred on the third floor of the Campus Center, on the west side of the building according to Clapper.
Burlingame said that the case has been turned over to the district attorney’s office, and that “a case continues to be investigated through some stages of the prosecution.”
As such, no further information could be relayed by the UPD.
Before this incident, Gordon acted as the University Photo Service President, and was helping bring back the university’s yearbook, the Torch. He is currently listed as editor of the 2022 edition of the Torch, though he is no longer the president of the University Photo Service.
When asked for commentary both the UPS and their faculty advisor, Professor Daniel Goodwin, said they were still trying to understand the situation.
“...we are still trying to figure out what happened,” said the University Photo Service, “None of our members have stepped forward to say anything about what happened, as those who have talked about the situation only witnessed the aftermath of the incident.”
As for when the case could be resolved, Burlingame said the “process could settle quickly or take years to resolve at trial. I would not be able to offer an estimate of how long this case would take.”