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Colby-Sawyer to send letter to students about scandal

Colby-Sawyer College officials are unsure whether any other students have made complaints against former New London police chief David Seastrand since his resignation last week, a spokeswoman said yesterday.

Meanwhile, the college yesterday was preparing to send a letter to the campus community, reiterating its support for the 18-year-old student who reported Seastrand to the state and raising awareness of counseling and other resources available.

“What is most important in the college community is the knowledge that the safety and wellness of out students remains our top priority,” Colby-Sawyer spokeswoman Kate Seamans said.

It’s been a week since the state attorney general’s office announced that
an 18-year-old student had alleged that Seastrand
offered her leniency on
underage drinking
charges last month if she agreed to pose for nude photographs.

The student, 18-year-old Janelle Westfall, of Alexandria, has met with school
officials and remains determined to complete the academic year, Seamans said, despite the stress caused by the recent disclosure of her identity.

“She is hoping more than anything to go on with her daily life,” Seamans said. “She’s hoping she’s allowed to focus on her academics. She has talked to senior staff and feels supported.”

The letter, Seamans said, lists counseling and
safety personnel that are
available to students and
staff.

“We are making resources known to any community
members who have encountered inappropriate situations with anyone,” Seamans
said. “We take harassment and assault of all kinds very seriously.”

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