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Committee Description

The Public Safety Advisory Committee is charged with assisting the chief safety officer with the development of the strategic direction of the department in order to enhance the safety and overall quality of life for the U community. The committee will offer advice and constructive criticism to the CSO and will assist in educating the U community about programs, services and initiatives offered by the department.

The committee will meet with the CSO and members of the leadership team monthly. The department will be prepared to present to the committee, for its review and consideration, trends and potential future issues, best practices, proposals for new programs, etc.

The committee will be responsible for reviewing current policies and procedures and making recommendations for their improvement. Specifically, the committee will:

  • Survey and report to the constituencies they represent, as appropriate, to advise the department on methods, tactics, programs and approaches to best ensure community safety
  • Consider various initiatives designed to improve community safety, taking into consideration cost-benefit analyses, weighing privacy concerns, image and liability issues, etc.
  • Make recommendations that address potentially contentious and/or forward-looking issues and considerations
  • Become knowledgeable in selected public safety topics with the ability to inform/educate other members of the U community
  • Provide information that assists in the effective development of communication strategies designed to reach members of the greater U community
  • Create greater awareness among key stakeholders about the ways in which the department works to protect the safety of the university, specifically people, property and reputation

An annual report will be published every spring that will be provided to the President’s cabinet and available at this page. The co-chairs will present a summary to the Academic Senate, ASUU and Staff Council.

Committee Members

The committee is composed of students and employees and includes representatives from the Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU), the Academic Senate, Staff Council, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Athletics, University Hospitals and Clinics, the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office of General Counsel, Housing & Residential Education, the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and others appointed based on areas of expertise.