By Zainab Iqbal
According to an email Brooklyn College sent out on Tuesday afternoon, pedestrians on Hillel Place (between Flatbush Avenue and Campus Road) have complained of being aggressively approached for cash contributions.
The email stated that there are two or three men, described as having dark skin and being over 20 years old. “The males have been using strong arm tactics and intimidation to obtain more money from persons approached,” the email states.
Students were also warned to be aware and vigilant, though the NYPD is already monitoring the area. Most of the encounters are taking place during the afternoon.
“Although Hillel Place is not a part of the campus, its close proximity and the fact that is frequented by the campus community necessitated the timely warning,” Donald Wenz, Chief of Public Safety, said.
Soliciting has been a recurring problem at Brooklyn College. Just last semester, in May, The Excelsior reported a story on representatives from Primerica, an insurance and financial services company, soliciting on campus. At the time, Wenz said, “Soliciting of any kind is prohibited on campus without approval of the vice president of Student Affairs. If they are found on campus, we will have them removed.”