Poor Notre Dame College. It seems the South Euclid school just can't catch a break.
Last spring, the college was crucified by county prosecutors for failing to inform students about two sexual assaults on campus ("Hush,"
May 17). Because a dean hid the information from campus police, the student was allowed to assault at least three more women.
Brilliantly, Notre Dame college decided that the problem lied not with administrators who withheld the information, but with its police force that investigated the assaults. In the spring, they fired most of their police force.
Last month, the campus received word that the college was hiring a new police chief, Matt Capadona. He had served as head of South Euclid police for the past three years, and he'd been with the force for 28. The college heralded the arrival of the new chief, saying how much "safer" the place would become with him here.
It was an odd choice, however, considering the college already had a relationship with Capadona, and it wasn't positive. Last year, after campus police learned about the rapes, they went to South Euclid for help. According to Dan Graham, the former Notre Dame police chief, Capadona refused to provide any sort of assistance.
But the saga doesn't stop here. Capadona was supposed to start his new job on November 1. Mysteriously, on the day that he was supposed to take over, he suddenly bailed. The college claims it doesn't know the reason, other than the standard "personal" issues, says spokeswoman Mary Ann Kovach.
And though Capadona formally retired from South Euclid in October, he is "now exploring options" of getting his old job back, says Kevin Niedert, the city's acting chief. --Rebecca Meiser