Posted by Jeremy Shulkin
Father Michael McFarland of Holy Cross has responded to a letter drafted by the city council with his own, which Holy Cross sent out yesterday.
In his letter, McFarland thanks the councilors and city administrators for “recognizing the progress made over the past year in improving communication and addressing neighborhood concerns about the off-campus behavior of some Holy Cross students.
“I want to assure you that your concerns have been heard and the College takes them very seriously,” he continues. “There have been some setbacks, but we are addressing them with both immediate actions and sustainable change.”
McFarland goes on to say that cooperation with the Worcester Police Department has led to some control over student behavior in the College Hill neighborhood and that the school will “remain committed to following up on every incident of off-campus misbehavior and applying appropriate sanctions.”
He adds that while he is the president of the school and takes “responsibility,” other faculty members are key to “the enforceability and good working relationships required for real progress.”
The letter closes with the idea that this isn’t just a Holy Cross issue, but one that involves the community: “The success of this effort relies on the College, City officials, Worcester Police, neighbors and students working together in mutually respectful and collaborative ways. We have indeed made progress in addressing quality-of-life issues for our closest neighbors, and we look forward to building on what has been accomplished.”
More on Holy Cross and Father McFarland’s letter in next week’s Worcester Mag.