After receiving a deadline extension for the submission of its final report (originally due in May, 2016), the Security Commission has continued to work throughout the summer on its charge
, which includes considering the question of whether or not to arm some members of the Department of Public Safety who are sworn peace officers. The commission has not completed its final report yet, but expects to post a preliminary report for public comment in the fall, after students and faculty have returned to campus.
To date, the commission has consulted with faculty, students, and staff on the River, Medical Center, and Eastman campuses, each of which has different needs and views with respect to the safety and security of their respective areas. President Seligman will brief the University Board in August, but this briefing is not for the purpose of securing a vote, but rather to keep them informed about the Security Commission’s work to date and the process going forward. As of this time, there are preliminary recommendations intended largely to address security concerns on the Medical Center campus. No recommendation will be adopted by President Seligman until all faculty, students, and staff have a chance to comment on the published report during the fall semester.
Members of the University community who wish to express opinions before then about the work of the commission may contact the Chair of the Security Commission, Holly Crawford, senior vice president for administration and finance, at SVP_CFO@ur.rochester.edu
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