Contractor Working on CUB Construction Charged with Stalking Gettysburg Student

The renovated College Union Building (Photo courtesy of Gettysburg College)

The renovated College Union Building (Photo courtesy of Gettysburg College)

By Benjamin Pontz, Editor-in-Chief

A man who was working for an outside contractor on the College Union Building (CUB) construction project at Gettysburg College earlier this fall has been charged with two felony counts of stalking and three misdemeanor counts of harassment.

Michael Zapcic, an employee of Frey-Lutz, made numerous phone calls and approached a college student who works at the CUB desk, an affidavit filed in Adams County Court alleges. He will be formally arraigned later this month.

The Evening Sun first reported on the charges.

According to that report, police believe Zapcic obtained the student’s contact information from a work schedule hanging in plain view at the desk.  

The Gettysburgian does not identify the victims of crimes.

College spokesperson Jamie Yates said that the Office of Student Activities and Greek Life, which oversees the CUB desk, “has since corrected where student worker information is posted.”

Yates also said that the college requires contractors to conduct background checks and sex and violent offender registry checks of employees working on projects at the college, pointing to the contractor handbook, which states that those background checks must be made available to the college upon request. A representative from Frey-Lutz met with the college in January 2018 to learn about the college’s safety expectations, she added.

In a statement to The Gettysburgian, a spokesperson for Frey-Lutz said, “Frey Lutz takes the safety of its customers seriously. Although it does not comment on employment matters or customer relationships, once Frey Lutz became aware of the charge, it conducted an internal investigation.  I am able to confirm that Mr. Zapcic is no longer employed by the company.”

In light of the incident, the college is re-evaluating its relationship with Frey-Lutz moving forward.

Editor’s Note: This story was updated on Wednesday, November 28 at 12:15 p.m. with a statement from Frey-Lutz.

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Author: Benjamin Pontz

Benjamin Pontz '20 serves as editor-in-chief of The Gettysburgian. Previously, he served as a staff writer, event coverage coordinator, news editor, and managing news editor. During his tenure, he has written more than 150 articles, and he led the team that won first place in the 2017 Keystone Press Awards for ongoing news coverage of Robert Spencer's visit to Gettysburg College and co-wrote the package of editorials that won first place in the 2018 Keystone Press Awards. Ben is a political science and public policy double major with a minor in music, and he reads up to seven newspapers daily. Follow him on Twitter @benpontz.

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