Personal Safety Committee

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Barbara Felter
Gilbert Cramatte
Clover Bobnick
Mary Mancuso
Laura Madelone


 

2009-2010

The personal safety committee at the College at Oneonta is a broad-based advisory group that is charged to assess campus environment and procedures and to recommend measures which might be instituted to resolve identified problems.

During the academic year, members of the college community were invited in campus publications to voice their concerns regarding personal safety.  One response was obtained from these postings regarding the new air hand dryers installed in the restrooms on the first floor of Netzer Administration building.  The concern pertained to how loud the dryers were and over a prolong period of time, how it could impact the hearing of the individuals most effected.  The Associate Vice President for Facilities was contacted for guidance who suggested that mufflers be installed on the dryers to help with the noise.  This has been completed and the mufflers have helped with the loudness. 

Concerns brought forth during this year’s meeting included the continued apprehension over the pedestrian crossing between the Alumni Field House and Chase Physical Education buildings.  As cars round the corner coming up Ravine Parkway, some are traveling more than the speed limit and those pedestrians who use this crosswalk can sometimes be in danger.  Also noted is the fact that most pedestrians do not use this crosswalk, they walk across the bottom drive of the Field House across to the walkway between the Netzer Administration building and Chase PE.  The committee suggests moving the current pedestrian crosswalk up so that it is at the juncture of the bottom of the sidewalk of the Field House to then crossover Ravine Parkway to the walkway between Netzer and Chase.  This will accommodate for the high speed of cars coming up to the current location having to come to a quick stop, and all of the pedestrians crossing illegally. 

If this is not feasible, would it be possible to move the radar detector currently at the Health and Wellness building up closer to the Physical Science building?  Cars slow down when they come upon that sign and then after they pass it speed up.  This would help with cars speeding around the corner only to come upon the pedestrians in the crosswalk. 

The Chair of the committee reviewed the Campus Safety Chairs Workshop attended in October.  Highlights from this meeting in Albany included a focus on the federal law  passed regarding the Higher Education Opportunities Act (HEOA) that takes effect October 1, 2010.  HEOA covers a wide range of campus activities including financial aid, campus crime and fire reporting requirements and procedures, prevention of peer-to-peer file sharing; and rules for handling reports of missing persons.  It was also noted that information on stalking and domestic violence be addressed during orientation.  The Director of First Year Experience noted that these topics are addressed during the first eight weeks of the semester in the FYE Series.
The bi-annual Blue light walks continue to focus on assessing the quality of lighting on campus and address any safety concerns. The Personal Safety Committee questioned there was a blue light or surveillance camera installed at the upper Clinton Street pathway now that the Clinton Street apartments are state owned as this is still a concern for the safety of our students who use this path. 

As question was raised as to if students know there is a Personal Safety Committee on campus and how they are informed?  This was raised due to the lack of response the Chair receives concerning safety on campus.  If there is not anything currently in place, the committee suggests noting this in the freshman orientation packets for both students and parents.    

At the close of the 2009-10 academic year, the committee affirmed that the College at Oneonta is in compliance with the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators standards manual. 


WEAPONS ON CAMPUS, Daniel P. Chambers & Thomas Rathbone

RECOGNIZED STUDENT EVENT POLICY, Robb Thibault

NIGHT HOSTS/RESIDENCE HALL SECURITY, Christine Edwards

EMERGENCY TELEPHONE SYSTEM, Todd Foreman & Thomas Rathbone

ALCOHOL & DRUG POLICY & PROGRAM REVIEW, Dale Capristo

DOOR OPERATION INSPECTION, Terry Zimmer

RESIDENCE HALL SECURITY, Christine Edwards

EXTERIOR LIGHTING, Thomas Rathbone

SAFE LANDSCAPES, Thomas Rathbone

BIKE SAFETY, Michael O'Donnell

HIGH SECURITY AREAS, Daniel P. Chambers & Thomas Rathbone

FACILITIES DESIGN ISSUES, Thomas Rathbone

CRIME STATISTICS REPORTING, Daniel P. Chambers

ESCORT SERVICES, Daniel P. Chambers

KEY CONTROL, Terry Zimmer

CRIME PREVENTION PROGRAMMING

KNOW VIOLENCE, Rebecca Harrington, (Chair)

CAMPUS PROTECTION AGENCY, Daniel P. Chambers