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Public Safety Review Board convenes first meeting

November 23, 2016

On Friday, Nov. 18, members of the newly established Public Safety Review Board met for the first time to hear their charge and begin their committee work to provide regular assessments of the Department of Public Safety’s practices and procedures and evaluate the implementation plan for the arming of officers in the Medical Center.  The Public Safety Review Board will meet throughout the year and annually will prepare a report on its principal findings and recommendations. University Trustee Francis L. Price ’74, ’75S (MBA) is the Public Safety Review Board’s inaugural chair.

“The Public Review Safety Board met for a brief initial session on Friday, with the focus on establishing ‘rules of the road’ that will influence process, methods and structure,” said Price. “We look forward to delving into the issues presented to us and communicating to the University at large.”

Implementing a Public Safety Review Board was part of President and CEO Joel Seligman’s Oct. 13 response to the recommendations of the Security Commission Report, which was a five-year review of Public Safety’s role in campus safety efforts. Seligman noted in his Oct. 13 response that all of the University’s Public Safety officers and staff are committed professionals dedicated to our community, but that it is important nonetheless to have additional accountability measures, similar to those implemented at peer institutions.  The Review Board will meet with or receive reports from the Department of Public Safety and all other relevant parties as necessary to effectively perform its work.

Members of the Public Safety Review Board are:

  • Francis Price ’74, ’75S (MBA) (Chair), University of Rochester Trustee
  • Christopher Aquina, General Surgery Resident, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Holly Crawford, Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
  • Mary Jane Curry, Faculty Senate Co-Chair, Associate Professor, Teaching and Curriculum, Warner School of Education
  • Tony Kinslow, Associate Vice President for Human Resources
  • Vito Martino ‘17, President, Students’ Association
  • Elizabeth Palermo, Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing, School of Nursing Specialty Director, Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP Program and Nurse Practitioner, Hospital Medicine Service, Strong Memorial Hospital
  • Kathy Parrinello, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, Strong Memorial Hospital

Richard Crummins, senior counsel, Office of Counsel, provides administrative and legal support to the Public Safety Review Board.

The membership of the Public Safety Review Board will be approved annually and will always include: the chair or one of the co-chairs of the Faculty Senate; a Medical Center faculty member and a student resident, or fellow selected by the Executive Committee of the Medical Center Institute for Innovative Education; the Students’ Association president or a delegate.

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