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Mission and charter

The Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) is part of the University’s Campus Safety Five-Point Plan. The plan’s mission is to enhance campus safety and ensure inclusive, fair, and equitable security practices across the institution. PSAC’s members represent a broad array of University communities.

Safety and security remain top of mind for University leaders, students, parents, faculty, staff, patients, visitors, and the community at large, and are fundamental to the University’s mission and values. Like many other higher education and healthcare institutions, the University of Rochester is revisiting and adapting public safety practices and policies to reflect the needs of the communities it serves.

The new Public Safety Advisory Committee will open an avenue for new ideas, dialogue between campus communities, and attunement to evolving expectations and stakeholder feedback, so collaboration can flourish. The advisory committee’s advice and input will also help to inform University leadership decision-making, so resources can be prioritized and allocated.〞

– Charge of the Public Safety Advisory Committee

The committee’s key responsibilities

Regularly engage with the University community (students, faculty, staff, patients and visitors) to understand campus safety needs and perspectives.

Partner and collaborate with the University leadership and the Department of Public Safety to identify opportunities to improve campus safety and security policies, practices, services, physical environments, and communications.

Analyze how opportunities for improvement align with the University’s Meliora Values and the Boundless Possibility 2030 Strategic Plan.

Provide University leadership with insights and recommendations to assist them in making informed decisions that ensure the University is delivering effective, unbiased, and equitable campus safety services.

Publish and present an annual report to the University president on the work conducted by the committee, findings, and recommendations for improvement.

Serve to fulfill legal requirements of the of the New York State Article 129A of Educational Law 6431.

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