The purpose of the Campus Safety Committee is to consider issues related to the safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the campus, and to make recommendations to the Chancellor, Provost, Vice Chancellor for Managerial and Technological Services, Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Chairs of the Faculty Senate and University Assembly and Staff Association, and President of the Student Government Association, and other campus administrators as appropriate. Specific responsibilities of the committee include:
- Meet regularly to discuss safety and violence prevention issues and to consider recommendations for campus policies or action.
- Coordinate a campus safety walk each semester, make recommendations to appropriate parties and units as a result of findings, and make findings and resolutions available to the campus.
- Review safety and violence prevention policies and procedures and make recommendations for changes as needed.
- Promote and assist with safety and violence prevention initiatives across campus.
- Provide guidance in developing a cohesive technological platform addressing items such as surveillance cameras,electronic building access, blue phone enhancement, etc.
- Address safety and violence prevention issues that come to the committee from campus organizations and members of the campus community.
There are three levels of service on the Campus Safety Committee: 1) general members who attend meetings to make proposals and review recommendations, 2) members who serve on the Safety Steering Committee, and 3) members who serve as "Resources to the Committee" due to their positions and areas of expertise.
Campus Safety Subcommittees
UMSL-Wide Awareness and Education Subcommittee (Chair D’Andre Braddix):
The subcommittee is charged with developing formats and protocols for programs that engage the campus community in understanding, preventing, and responding to situations where an individual’s safety and well-being is threatened or compromised.
UMSL Alerts & Response Subcommittee (Chair Steve Bene):
The subcommittee is charged with reviewing and implementing the Building Emergency and Safety Team (BEST) program; establishing criteria for selection of building safety coordinators; and reviewing/improving signage that identifies evacuation routes, shelters, and overview of emergency procedures.
Post-Disaster Response Subcommittee (Chair Christopher Sullivan and Erin Vasconcelles):
The subcommittee is charged with monitoring and facilitating the campus’ plan for post-disaster response, as laid out in the revised UMSL Emergency Operations Plan (“recovery” phase). Responsibilities include: Identifying potential post-disaster needs (e.g., food, housing, alternate classroom arrangements, Psychological First Aid and counseling); determining the most appropriate campus and off-campus resources to assist with post-disaster needs; listing potential contributions from these selected resources/departments; facilitating the development of more detailed plans in these specialty areas (as an Annex to the Emergency Operations Plan); and making sure there is a framework for communication and coordination of these resources (including off-campus resources such as FEMA and Red Cross, when appropriate).