SUNY Oneonta is a public college in central New York, enrolling about 6,000 students who pursue bachelor’s or master’s degrees or certificates in one of 60-plus academic programs. Known as an exemplary residential campus that values inclusion, service, and sustainability, SUNY Oneonta is a nurturing community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially, and live purposefully.

The college is located in the City of Oneonta, nestled in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains about a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia. With a population just shy of 14,000, Oneonta is one of the top 20 picturesque small towns in America, according to Microsoft News. The natural beauty of the region is breathtaking year-round. Each season offers outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, boating, swimming, and skiing. Employees give SUNY Oneonta high marks for work/life balance, management, and culture.

The University Police Department (UPD) coordinates campus safety and security. It has a force of eighteen sworn police officers with full arrest powers. As an armed police department, patrol members respond to all emergencies and are dispatched by six professionally trained dispatchers. The officers have passed a basic training program administered by the State University of New York State Police Academy in Albany, NY, or a local, regional Police Academy and undergo continuous training to upgrade their skills. Officers have been trained in emergency medical procedures and first aid. They conduct foot, bike, and vehicular patrols on the campus and residence hall areas 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The Position


SUNY Oneonta is seeking a dynamic leader and visible member of the campus community who understands and celebrates community policing and the educational and service role of policing within an institution of higher education to serve as its next chief of police. Reporting to the president, the chief of police serves as the chief administrative officer and supervisor of the University Police Department, advancing the mission of the department to provide a safe and welcoming environment for students, employees, and community members by extending care and assistance and enforcing laws and regulations in a compassionate manner hallmarked by the values of excellence, respect, and integrity. The chief will be a steady leader in an emergency or escalating situation, a positive influencer among peer leaders, and an innovative policing expert. The chief will engage in the campus and the Oneonta community. Further, the chief will oversee the administration and operation of the college’s law enforcement and police functions to ensure a safe environment for the college’s core pursuit and mission of student success with the additional primary responsibilities of prioritizing and advancing community-police relationships and providing oversight of campus emergency response planning and training.

The chief supervises and provides direction for members of the University Police Department, including the assistant chief of police, sworn university police officers, dispatchers, emergency management, and administrative support staff. The position is expected to maintain a cohesive and positive work culture across multiple shifts and workdays; it provides leadership and overall direction for foot, bike, and vehicular patrols, incident investigations, special event safety, traffic control signage, road/parking lots closures, and maintenance of safety equipment and systems such as automobiles, weapons, alarms, emergency phone, security cameras, and other campus safety assets. To support the department, the chief ensures university police employees receive requisite basic and in-service training and maintain credentials and certifications; develops and offers training to campus constituents on various compliance and crime prevention topics, e.g., Clery Act, workplace violence prevention, etc.; and provides opportunities for professional development and growth for department employees, supporting an environment where development is valued. Further, the chief will coordinate periodic programmatic assessments, public speaking engagements on the university police or related topics, the student emergency services program, and training for residential life employees and students. This position innovates and implements preventive techniques to reduce, prevent, or control crime and inappropriate high-risk behaviors on campus; in collaboration with other departments, formulates, implements, and evaluates policies about issues such as crisis incident protocols, campus, and building accessibility, parking, keying, lighting, and other crime prevention methods.

Additional responsibilities include the chief acting as an effective liaison with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials and agencies to maintain an understanding of mutual aid and related policies; liaising with the SUNY system administration coordinator of university police and other SUNY employees in matters concerning recruitment, training, and deployment of university police department employees; and enforcing compliance with all federal, state, and local laws, as well as all applicable SUNY and college regulations and guidelines. Administrative duties include budgeting, ensuring compliance with all statistical record keeping and reporting requirements such as the Clery Act, the FBI Uniform Reporting Act, etc., drafting departmental general orders, and overseeing the scheduling of departmental employees to ensure efficient deployment; and managing recruitment, hiring, and background checks in accordance with civil service and other regulatory requirements for new or transferring employees. The chief will ensure the department’s accredited status with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services or other designated accrediting bodies.

The chief will partner with the Student Affairs division and other university divisions to build a safe and welcoming environment for all students and employees; serve on college committees such as workplace violence team, safety, environmental health and safety committee, parking committee, search committees, etc.; lead or assist with campus/community police academy and serve on-call 24/7 for safety and emergencies.


Strong Community
SUNY Oneonta offers the new chief a welcoming and supportive community. Campus stakeholders genuinely appreciate the complexities of this position and are looking forward to this chief continuing the current positive direction of the department. The chief should be actively engaged in all aspects of campus life and ensure the UPD is fully integrated as well.

The chief will need to work very closely with state and local law enforcement, fire, emergency managers, and first responders. The UPD must maintain solid partnerships with all these area agencies as they support each other as necessary.

The UPD’s new state-of-the-art facility with training room is a perfect location for the county’s police academy sponsored for SUNY Oneonta. This is an exciting opportunity for the UPD to connect with other agencies, as well as allowing for new prospects for shared training and continued educational pursuits.

It is imperative the new chief fully embraces diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. These ideals must also be clearly evident in the department’s interactions and endeavors. Enhancing training for the department in these areas is expected.

Recruitment, Retention, and Training
Recently, the UPD has experienced some struggles with being understaffed. The UPD must continue to work on their recruitment and retention efforts. It is not uncommon for SUNY Oneonta to put young recruits through the academy only to have them leave shortly after completion. This chief should work with the department to create new incentives to attract and retain officers. Further, the department is supported by four unions which the chief must establish collaborative, working relationships with each.

It is imperative the new chief fully embraces diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. These ideals must also be clearly evident in the department’s interactions and endeavors. Enhancing training for the department in these areas is expected.

Alternative Response Model
Alternative responses to calls for UPD service are being carefully considered and will soon be implemented. The chief is expected to continue on this path, which will serve as an important opportunity to work with multiple campus partners and the department to envision and implement an alternative framework to responding to calls and various constituent’s needs.

Evidenced-based Community Engagement
The chief, with the department, should develop an evidence-based strategy for engaging the entire campus community. This is an opportunity to be innovative and create programs/initiatives that are mutually rewarding and beneficial; be bold and try new approaches to purposeful engagement.

Genuine relationships must be fostered with all students through outreach by the new chief and department staff to earn the trust of the students, faculty, and staff in open, honest, and transparent communication and action. The new chief and the UPD will need to fully understand the community’s concerns and needs in order to forge a strong campus community. Additionally, attention will need to be given to the building of collaborative relationships and partnerships across campus and within the broader Oneonta community.

Communication & Transparency
Strong communication, transparency, and accountability are vital to the success of the chief and the department. This involves a fresh perspective and openness to creative solutions, initiatives, open communication, and a genuine collaborative approach. The chief will serve as partner with the SUNY Oneonta community to develop methods to support accountability and transparency at all levels within the UPD, starting with, but not limited to further development of the department website and social media presence.


At an appropriate interval after joining SUNY Oneonta, the following will define initial success for the chief.

  • The chief and the UPD have established strong relationships with key stakeholders across campus to elevate the collaborative work around public safety.
  • The UPD is fully integrated into the SUNY Oneonta community in the most positive way and the students, administration, and campus community have confidence in the abilities of the department.
  • The chief has gained the trust of the Oneonta community by being involved, visible, transparent, and engaged in all aspects of campus life.
  • The morale within the department is strong and the officers and staff members feel mutually supported and appreciated by the campus community.
  • The department is operating with a high level of professionalism, accountability, transparency, and competence with an ethos of compassion and empathy.
  • The chief has formed meaningful working relationships with local and regional law enforcement agencies, first-responders, community associations and partners.
  • The campus community has a better idea of what to do during an emergency and feel more confident in their roles.
  • Through consistent, confident leadership the chief is readily regarded as an active partner in supporting the educational mission of the institution.
  • The chief has identified relevant benchmarks based on national best practices and implemented appropriate assessment strategies.
  • The UPD training efforts and police academy have been enhanced and are widely used throughout the community.
  • The chief has provided stability to the department and their interactions on campus.
  • The chief has clearly outlined and articulated a vision, goals, and expectations for the department.
  • The chief is moving the department forward with innovative programs and initiatives.


The previous chief served SUNY Oneonta for four years before departing the summer of 2021. The institution named an interim chief to oversee the department and campus safety while they engage in a national search to find their new chief.



Campus safety and security are coordinated by the University Police Department, which has a force of seventeen sworn police officers with full arrest powers. As an armed police department, patrol members respond to all emergencies and are dispatched by six professionally trained dispatchers.

State University of New York Police Officers must meet the highest standards in New York State for Law Enforcement Officers. The officers have passed a basic training program administered by the State University of New York State Police Academy in Albany, NY or a local regional Police Academy, and undergo continuous training to upgrade their skills. Officers have been trained in emergency medical procedures and first aid. They conduct foot, bike, and vehicular patrols on the campus and residence hall areas 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The objectives of the University Police are to provide a safe environment for teaching, research, and social endeavors and to protect the lives and property of the students, employees, and visitors of SUNY Oneonta. This objective is pursued within the framework of the SUNY Oneonta rules and regulations and all local, state, and federal laws. The investigation of crimes committed on the campus fall under the jurisdiction of the University Police Department. The University Police also work closely with the City of Oneonta Police, Otsego County Sheriff’s Department, and the New York State Police to assist them with incidents that may occur off campus but involve campus staff or students.


The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and ten years of progressively responsible law enforcement experience, including at least five years of supervisory and/or management experience as a law enforcement professional. The new chief must have a strong service orientation and demonstrated ability to work in a diverse, multicultural, and complex community. Further, the chief must maintain New York State police officer certification (with firearms) or, if from outside New York, certification in the current state of employment/residence with the ability to become New York certified and a valid New York State driver’s license by time of and throughout employment. A motor vehicle record free from major violations or a pattern of repeat violations is also required.

In addition, the chief should have superior interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written); strong leadership and supervisory experience, and effective training skills; and an ability to work closely with all college constituencies including students, employees, other policing agencies, and the general public. A demonstrated ability to conduct and supervise criminal investigations; familiarity with police accreditation programs; and a background in emergency management training are all expected attributes. The chief should have a thorough knowledge of federal, state, and local criminal laws and the roles of federal, state, and local jurisdictions and authorities as they relate to public safety; knowledge of and compliance experience with Title IX regulations, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, and other applicable laws; proficiency with relevant software packages and other technology; and demonstrated ability to develop automated processes, streamlined services, and live data tools.

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree, experience working on a university campus, knowledge of and sensitivity to university communities and unique functions such as residential populations and student social events, a Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Police Instructor Certification, and experience supervising employees who work under negotiated union contracts.

In addition to the stated qualifications and characteristics, SUNY Oneonta stakeholders identified the following characteristics as important for the chief of police position (in no particular order).

  • A transformative, innovative, and collaborative leader with a readiness to try new ideas, approaches, and technologies
  • Be aware of trends and national best practices with the ability to successfully integrate these into the department
  • Be culturally competent, with a true appreciation for diversity, equity, and inclusion with demonstrated experience effectively working with and positively engaging a diverse student population
  • Hold a true passion for the university environment with an ability to build strong rapport and working relationship with students, faculty, and staff
  • The ability to remain steady, calm, and focused during emergency/crisis situations
  • Maintain a genuine willingness to work with and for students by actively engaging students in community policing practices, continual open communications, positive daily interactions, and a responsiveness to needs and concerns
  • Possess the ability to learn and navigate the complexity of the SUNY system with confidence
  • Ability to invest the time to know the staff and advocate on their behalf to ensure their needs and concerns are adequately addressed
  • The ability to maintain a high degree of visibility and engagement throughout the campus and surrounding community
  • Possess an understanding and appreciation for a student-centered, service-oriented environment and an ability to fully comprehend the integral role the department plays within the campus community
  • An authentic communicator who consistently works to understand the students and campus community stakeholders’ varied interests, needs, and concerns and how these relate to the work of campus safety
  • A strong supervisor capable of both challenging and appreciating individuals while effectively working to further professionalize the department and hold all staff accountable
  • Possess demonstrated complex change management experience and capable of both initiating and managing change while ensuring that all stakeholders have been appropriately included in conversations and decisions
  • Embrace an educational philosophy for the entire department, ensuring that officers understand their role as educators within the campus community
  • Possess a demonstrated ability to work effectively within a unionized environment
  • The ability to effectively foster strong partnerships with local, regional, and national law enforcement and first responder agencies
  • Be highly committed to both professional and personal growth and development as a manager, leader, and public safety expert; deeply committed to the professional development and training of staff
  • The ability to build a strong, empowered team with positive morale throughout the department
  • Possess expertise in related compliance requirements and best practices, including the Clery Act, responses to alcohol and drug issues, bias incidents and hate crimes
  • The ability to effectively foster strong partnerships with local, regional, and national law enforcement and first responder agencies

Institution & Location

Mission, Values, Vision

We nurture a community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially, and live purposefully.

Though just 13 words long, our mission explains in a nutshell what we do, day in and day out. We’ve built our reputation on a consistent, collective, conspicuous investment in students’ interests, well-being, and success. SUNY Oneonta is known as a caring campus where people are genuinely friendly and work hard to make everyone feel at home. Three core values support our mission.

  • Inclusivity — making sure that everyone feels welcome here
  • Service — committing to making a difference in the lives of others
  • Sustainability — not only financial and environmental responsibility, but a force that keeps each of us moving toward our individual calling, whatever that may be

From its humble beginning as the Oneonta Normal School in 1889, these three values have been woven through the fabric of the institution. They have defined who we are and what sets us apart. They have given us purpose. Together with the mission, these values now guide the college’s pursuit of a clear vision:

To become the exemplar residential community, providing relevant educational experiences in and outside of the classroom.

SUNY Oneonta will challenge the status quo, test assumptions, and ask difficult questions about relevancy and impact. The college must understand the needs of today’s learners and tomorrow’s. Our campus and all of the opportunities it can offer should revolve around students and evolve with them. As they trust us to guide them to their goals, we entrust them with the future and the hope of a more just, humane, and happier world.

Mission Statement

The University Police Department at SUNY Oneonta was established primarily to maintain and preserve the peace on campus. It also serves to protect the life and property of all the individuals who utilize the college facilities including students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The University Police Department recruit personnel who are able to relate to and be part of the College community.

In order to do an effective job, the University Police Department also solicits the aid of all segments of the campus community to help protect and serve all campus personnel, physical facilities, and property. The University Police Department recognizes its obligation to conduct its activities and treat all persons in a lawful, fair, equitable, and evenhanded manner without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, political affiliation, or personal interest.

The University Police Department is operated as a basic crime prevention, service, and enforcement unit. University Police is the only 24-hour department on campus which the campus community can depend for services at any hour of the day or night. Good service depends on the immediate response to any given situation. While the college sleeps, University Police is called upon for services which cannot be given by others. The campus community deserves a law enforcement operation that can act as a protective and preventive force that can respond intelligently, swiftly, and effectively to any emergency or other situation.


The SUNY Oneonta University Police Department is accredited by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). The University Police received their accreditation on June 14, 2012.

Click here for more information on the University Police and their services.

Academic Programs and Faculty

SUNY Oneonta’s determination to provide a stimulating, rigorous environment and hands-on, high-impact learning has made Oneonta a premier school within the SUNY system. This is also why they tend to attract students and teachers who want small classes, undergraduate research opportunities, and plenty of student-faculty interaction.

The SUNY Oneonta curriculum is flexible, diverse, and challenging, with resources to match all kinds of interests. They offer more than 100 majors, minors, and pre-professional programs, each designed to prepare students for successful careers or grad school.

As a college dedicated to teaching, learning, and scholarship, SUNY Oneonta will challenge, nurture, and perhaps even inspire students. That is their promise. Along the way, they will help create an Oneonta experience that is as unique as each student.


The Student Body

Total enrollment 6,733

  • Female 62%
  • Male 38%

26% racial diversity

Full and part-time faculty 495
Full-time faculty with terminal degrees 81%


Institutional background/history

SUNY Oneonta is a mid-size, four-year, public college. It offers small classes, loads of activities, opportunities for undergraduate research, student/faculty interaction, and an attractive cost of attendance.

Nestled in the hills of Central New York, the college’s idyllic setting is ideal for study, adventure, and self-discovery. Just “up the hill” from the charming City of Oneonta, the campus and the surrounding community engages, nurtures, and inspires.

Caring is the college’s longest-standing tradition, traced all the way back to the school’s founding in the late 1800s. Today its growing alumni network spans the globe, advancing the values of inclusivity, service, and sustainability that exemplify SUNY Oneonta.


SUNY Oneonta consistently gains recognition for delivering excellence and value. The college sits at No. 20 on the 2022 U.S. News & World Report list of the best public institutions in the region and is ranked No. 119 on Money magazine’s “Best Colleges 2020″ list.”

SUNY Oneonta is also No. 11 among the best colleges in New York for landing a job after college, according to a study published by Zippia, a career-planning, job-finding resource. The study looked at 129 public and nonprofit, four-year colleges in New York that offer at least a bachelor’s degree and ranked the colleges based on the percentage of alumni who were employed 10 years after graduation. At Oneonta, that is 93.81 percent!

Beyond campus, Oneonta is known for its safe, friendly, small-town atmosphere, beautiful setting, and its genuine sense of community. In 2021, Microsoft featured Oneonta as one of the “20 Most Picturesque Small Towns in America,” and Oneonta ranked No. 14 on the Matador Network’s 2015 list of the “20 Coolest Towns in the U.S.”


President Alberto Cardelle was appointed by the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees as the ninth president of SUNY Oneonta on July 20, 2021, and took office on September 6, 2021.

Before coming to SUNY Oneonta, as Fitchburg State University’s (FSU) provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, Dr. Cardelle provided vision, leadership, and strategic direction to the faculty and staff in academic affairs that includes the schools of Arts & Sciences, Health & Natural Sciences, Business, Education, and Online, Graduate & Continuing Education. He also oversaw admissions, student success services, international education, the library, and the registrar. Before FSU, Dr. Cardelle spent 15 years at East Stroudsburg University (ESU) where he began his academic career as an assistant professor of public health in 1999, became department chair in 2001 and served as vice-provost, dean of the Graduate College, and dean of the College of Health Sciences.

During his previous appointments, Dr. Cardelle championed academic excellence. As provost, he led the development and implementation of the university’s new outcome-based general education curriculum. FSU’s new core curriculum includes a first-year experience course for all incoming first-time students and a requirement that all students complete a high impact practice course involving internships, undergraduate research, international education, or civic engagement. At both FSU and ESU, he has worked with faculty to develop more than 20 new degree programs including certificates, minors, bachelor degrees, master degrees, and a doctoral degree in the fields of health sciences, criminal justice, education, business, computer science, and the humanities.

With a strong commitment to accessible higher education, Dr. Cardelle focused on developing student-centered programs across academic units that encourage innovative approaches to student learning and teaching. In addition to the FSU’s first-year experience course, he worked with deans and departments to establish residential learning communities, peer mentoring, and advising using predictive analytics. He also established the FSU Faculty Academy for Inclusive Pedagogy, a three-year, cohort-based faculty training in the “Pedagogy of Real Talk.”

A staunch champion of the core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, he worked with colleagues at FSU to create the Leading for Change Initiative, which focused on establishing a broad array of institution-wide initiatives aimed at attaining inclusion and diversity with the long-term goal of student success and equity. This led to the creation of a bi-annual campus climate survey, a Deans’ Anti-Racism fund, and the Hispanic Male Mentoring program, and an expansion of summer-bridge programs for students requiring additional support before beginning their college career. Most recently, with a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, he created the Heritage Language Program, aimed at providing high achieving bilingual students with English support services and celebrating their linguistic asset of being bilingual.

An advocate for the role of anchor institutions, he has worked to establish a meaningful link between the academic enterprise and the university’s community development initiatives. This has included the creation of a community co-working space to encourage economic development, seed funds to start student community businesses, a business incubator, a training institute for community leadership and workforce development programs in business leadership and entrepreneurship.

As a faculty member, Dr. Cardelle authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and conference presentations. He and a colleague established FSU’s first faculty-led consulting group, The Center for Public Health Research and Innovation, with more than 2.5 million dollars of funding.

Alberto J.F. Cardelle, PhD, MPH, President

About Oneonta, NY

Oneonta became the 46th city in New York State at the stroke of midnight, January 1, 1909. Since then, Oneonta has long been known as the City of the Hills, derived from a Mohawk word meaning “open rocks” or “rocks sticking out,” a reference to the exposed bedrock cliff faces found on the east end and north side of the city.

In the mid-1800s, Oneonta was a small town and then the Delaware and Hudson Railroad reached Oneonta, stimulating development as a railroad center and attracting new industries. In 1906, the Roundhouse was built and Oneonta was home to the largest locomotive roundhouse in the world, a record it held for over a quarter of a century. The Roundhouse itself was over 400 feet in diameter with a 75 foot turntable until 1924 when a new turntable, 105 feet long, was installed to accommodate the longest locomotives. The use of steam power gave way to diesel power and the Roundhouse was rendered obsolete with demolition beginning in the 1950s and being completed in 1993.

Since then, Oneonta’s biggest economic drivers have been the two colleges that are located in the City, the State University of New York at Oneonta (often referred to as SUNY Oneonta or SUCO) and Hartwick College. SUNY Oneonta began in 1889, and Hartwick College moved into the City in 1928. The population doubles when both schools are in session and they contribute tremendously to the dual college atmosphere in the downtown and neighborhoods surrounding the campuses.

Another major economic driving force has been the medical centers. Aurelia Osborn Fox Hospital, much better known as A.O. Fox was built in 1900 as a 22-bed facility. Since then it has become 128-bed facility along with another 130-bed nursing home and the FoxCare Center. The FoxCare Center, formerly the location of the Pyramid Mall in the Town of Oneonta has turned into a large complex that houses physician practices, a fitness center, an education center, lab and x-ray services, pharmacy, a cancer care center, and a dental practice. These facilities fall under the Bassett Network, which also has its own primary care center and a specialty services center right in the City. With their vast array of services, the medical centers are a major source of employment for many in the community.

One of the biggest attractions is the baseball. Oneonta is home to the historic Damashke Field which opened in 1906 as Elm Park and has hosted baseball stars such as Babe Ruth and Rogers Hornsby. The site was the longtime home of the area’s minor league baseball team, the Oneonta Red Sox (1966), Oneonta Yankees (1967–1998), Oneonta Tigers (1999–2009). Prior to becoming a Hall of Fame quarterback, John Elway played for the Oneonta Yankees in 1982, his one and only year in minor league baseball. It is currently the home field of the Oneonta Outlaws, a team in the New York Collegiate Baseball League. Oneonta is half an hour away from Double Day Field in Cooperstown, which is widely recognized as the birthplace of baseball and home to numerous baseball events and special concerts.

Oneonta is also neighbors to several busy cities in the region, Albany, Binghamton, and Utica, who all have a similar draw for the many students looking to expand their horizons at Oneonta’s prestigious universities. What sets the City of Oneonta apart from the others is also what makes it special. With a much smaller population (about 14,000), Oneonta is a city with a small town feel but still with access to all the amenities of much larger cities. From the many beautiful public parks, including two major municipal parks right in the heart of downtown, Neahwa Park and Wilber Park, local art and cultural institutions, and many diverse dining options, Oneonta has much to offer residents and visitors alike!

Benefits Overview


  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement Plans
  • College Savings Program

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Application & Nomination

Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email

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