Campus Safety Advisory Board Meeting Minutes
October 22, 2002
There were 18 participants.
The meeting began at approximately 3:02 p.m. in the Counseling Center Group Room.
Dorothy welcomed everyone and had introductions around the room. Each one explained their purpose for attending.
Dorothy explained the Safety Office mission statement in more detail. We are a lot more than parking! The purpose of this meeting is to discuss problems/concerns on campus.
Katie Dubois is concerned that the Panhellenic windows do not open. It was explained that the buildings are fireproof and the carpet is flame resistant. Training may be necessary for those who are concerned about evacuation procedures.
Jeff Simmons wanted to know how training for fire safety was carried out. Randy explained that the first training was completed. Tony was commended for doing a good job.
Mary Haselier was interested in fire extinguisher training. Randy suggested if someone is not sure on how to operate a fire extinguisher, they should read the fire extinguisher bottle for instructions on how to operate it. It was explained that we check fire extinguishers in compliance with NFPA codes. Suggestions were offered that it might be a good time to explain fire escape routes during a fire drill. Katie Dubois said they have a hall meeting once a month and this is one of the opportunities to discuss safety issues.
Tabitha Stowell is concerned that Panhellenic parking is an issue for all that live in that building. Also more lights between the cafeteria and the parking lots on Ingraham Avenue would be beneficial. Don Huie explained that this has been discussed with the city and more lighting would interfere with the streetlights.
Jessica Kyle is concerned with dark areas on campus, particularly the route between the Wellness Center and Panhellenic.
Dorothy said that we are working on the Panhellenic parking problems. She suggested student- supported groups would be helpful in getting these issues looked at more seriously. Tabitha Stowell felt the grassy lot by Ordway might be a good place to open up more parking. Dorothy explained that Ordway is a Special Events parking lot and hosts many groups coming to campus. Athletic teams also use the lot for their supporters. Dorothy advised that a new lot with approximately 35 spaces will be ready for use in the near future. It is located to the east of the Publix Commons building. Tabitha was hopeful that the president could open up some more spaces by his house for the students.
Randy Bevins brought up the Security Escort System and how well it works for emergencies.
Katie Dubois brought up the idea of more call boxes in the parking areas. This was talked about previously. Randy advised it was thought it might be hard to keep people from playing on the phones.
Ashley Smith and Jeff Simmons recommended adding the cost of the security escort onto tuition fees specifically for a security escort for all students.
Tabitha Stowell suggested changing the visitation to 24 hours in the building lobbies. It was explained that "No Lobby Hours," refers to the whole building. Amy explained that RHA, SGA and the board of directors are looking into this. Tabitha is also concerned that the walkway into the breezeway by the bookstore is dangerously slippery. Don Huie said his staff would check into this.
Tabitha Stowell suggested a wheelchair/bike route to mark accessible pathways. Angie Toth also voiced an opinion that lack of marked pathways did cause problems for wheelchairs. She witnessed this first hand during registration while helping students get around.
Jessica Kyle was concerned that the officers seemed more intent in giving out parking tickets than in checking for safety issues. Randy explained that the officers in the trucks were usually out to check for parking problems while the officers on foot were checking more for safety issues.
Jeff Simmons wanted to know how many officers there were working the campus at night. Dorothy answered his question.
Joel Connell and Tabitha Stowell questioned if cameras were watched by safety 24 hours per day. Dorothy explained that we were looking into providing more security all over campus.
The next meeting will be in late November or early December. Suggested dates/times were offered: Wednesdays at 10:10 a.m. or Tuesday or Thursdays from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:16 p.m.