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- Oneonta, NY 13820
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.
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.
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.