Department of Safety and Security
Campus Safety Advisory Board Meeting Minutes
November 9, 2004
There were 8 participants.
The meeting started at 3:30 in the Collegiate Room.
I. Security Escort transmitters. Randy provided the group with an update on the progress that has been made in getting the system ready for operation. At one point we had a total of 13 receivers that were not working due to a variety of reasons and he is now working on the last two. Distribution of transmitters to students will begin this week. An e-mail will be sent to all staff that they will need to complete the paperwork and get a new transmitter for this school year as their old one will not be operational. All CAST members will receive a transmitter free of charge. Transmitters to students will probably be discounted due to late distribution.
II. Parking. Dorothy reported that she recently had an opportunity to work with the midnight shift and as they patrolled she was impressed with how many students were in compliance with parking permits. She asked the committee if they were aware of any problem areas on campus. Betty Calhoun mentioned they are still having problems with 7am parking in VD Lot by the Health Center.
III. Weekly crime stats. Dorothy has received about 6 calls from members of a communications class this week for an assignment they have about local crime. She then discussed a chart she had compiled comparing last years and this years crime stats in the various categories. The chart showed that theft reportings are the same as last year. Burglary is less, motor vehicle theft is less and there were also fewer college regulated violations. We then discussed an incident on campus this week regarding solicitors selling spa packages to students. A couple of the CAST members present were aware of this and we discussed the college’s policy of not allowing solicitors on campus and why. Dorothy said she would contact the day spa, Electric Beach, on Main Street and make them aware of our campus policy. There was then discussion about CAST members helping to develop a training for students regarding credit card fraud, identity theft and other topics students might have an interest in.
IV. Airport shuttle. The primary concern of students and their families is the increase in cost of this service. Dorothy advised us there is a meeting scheduled with various officials and VP’s Palmer and Obermeyer and she will keep us posted on the results of that meeting. The service must be hired out for insurance purposes.
V. Alcohol Awareness Week. CAST members indicated they had heard good comments from students. Dorothy commended the efforts of our CAST members in creating a display board that appealed to the students. Dorothy also told the group that the Live Strong bracelets order has been cancelled. We also received positive feedback from parents including one parent who ordered two banners for her school. Tomorrow, 11/10/04, at 3 o’clock there will be a debriefing meeting and Kelly Robinson from CAST will attend with staff members.
VI. Comments from Advisory Board. Dr. Hurner told the group that at a recent meeting there was some discussion of creating another exit for the parents of the Preschool Lab to exit after dropping off or picking up their children. A draft of this idea will be sent to Terry Dennis for consideration. This would alleviate congestion in that area and create a parking place for the college van when it was to be used by the Citrus Department for field trips.
There was also a discussion about the CAST members needing more equipment to do their jobs. We specifically discussed golf carts and how this would allow them to do escorting of students at night and free up the officers to do their other duties. Extensive training would be provided to these CAST members. Dorothy also reported that the new CAST t-shirts will be ready shortly.