Department of Safety and Security
Campus Safety Advisory Board Meeting Minutes
September 22, 2004
There were 17participants.
The meeting started at 3:30 in the Collegiate Room.
I. Hurricane Update. Dorothy said that the Residence Life staff was to be applauded for their efforts in the last two storms and their ability to get contact phone numbers from students leaving campus. It was a real cooperative effort and that as a result the college has been able to fine-tune their "plan". Safety sent pictures of students in shelter to the Southern.
II. Parking. Parking seems to be tighter this year and safety officers have been ticketing students to make them aware of the parking rules. To date, 153 tickets have been issued regarding lack of permits and 152 have been issued for other violations. Dr. Hurner indicated he is an advocate for special commuter parking on campus and various locations on campus were discussed. Cari Murphy proposed we call it non-residential rather than commuter parking. Other options discussed were giving students the option to pay more for a parking permit with the guarantee they could park closer to their building. Dorothy reported a new grass lot with 22 spaces would be opening across from Jenkins in the next few weeks.
III. ID swipe cards. We just received the new license key agreement so swipe cards will be working and the safety office is able to replace lost swipe cards for students.
IV. Weekly crime stats in the Southern. The group discussed the pros and cons of this idea and that we would need to focus on those categories that directly affect students. The main advantage is that it will raise the students awareness so would be a good prevention measure. Cari did express a concern about protecting student's confidentiality. It was also recommended that perhaps we could put small articles in the Southern on "Tips to be Safe". We also discussed how to reduce burglaries to vehicles. Last year, safety came up with the idea of having student workers leave notices student's P.O. boxes if they could have left their vehicles in a safer condition. It was also suggested that we keep the trees trimmed so the cameras on campus can get good shots of the lots.
V. Airport Shuttle. This service is a recruiting tool for the college and we currently contract with two companies to provide transportation to the airport. We use Central Florida Limousine for Tampa and Polk Air Transit for Orlando. Dorothy provided a little history of the service and of the large increase in price we've experienced as a result of gas price and licensure increases. Several options were discussed and the final decision because of liability concerns was to try to negotiate with these companies to provide the services for $50 rather than $79 and to encourage students to use the bulletin boards on campus to share rides.
VI. How can we better serve the college community?
Rick, representing SGA brought with him a number of student concerns:
Security Escorts When asked about their status, Randy told the group that due to recent storms we had to get a new power source that is now installed and they should be distributed in the next week or two.
Fire hazards He asked if windows being sealed shut are a fire hazard. He was told it is not a fire hazard and is done for safety reasons so students can't fall out of them.
Volunteer efforts He also wanted to know if we had any projects that SGA could help Safety with. Some ideas included: 1) letting students know they can help us by reporting incidents on campus involving students to Safety or Student Life, 2) encourage students to take a leadership role since students are more prone to listen to their peers.
Another area of concern is the response time to recent fire alarms during a lightening storm. There was discussion about being able to return to a lobby area of a residence hall. Randy suggested that if they live in Publix Commons, they go to the laundry in inclement weather.