Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Updated: Thursday, March 21, 2013 23:03
To get a better idea of how campus can be improved, Public Safety and the Office of Campus Life have created the Public Safety Advisory Committee.
“It is helpful for Public Safety to have a group of students to get ideas from and to bounce ideas off of,” Director Public Safety Hugh Harris said. “The main focus is to work with the students in a positive way.”
There are two seniors, two juniors, three sophomores, and one freshman on the committee, which meets periodically to discuss how they can improve the department.
“We wanted a cross-section, a good representation,” Harris said. The eight students were suggested by Vice President for Campus Life Annette Diorio, Director of Residence Life Grace Reynolds, and Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life Stuart Umberger.
The committee has only met once so far.
“We had some good ideas and good feedback,” Harris said. The first meeting focused on general ideas that can benefit Lafayette. One suggestion was to provide more information, especially to first-year students, about room inspections that occur between semesters.
Harris said they will address more specific topics during the meetings to come. The next meeting will focus on crime-prevention programming.
Harris, who is retiring at the end of the school year, hopes that the Public Safety Advisory Committee will be an ongoing program.
“I wanted to get it started before I left, and I am hoping that the new director will continue it after I leave,” he said.
“The committee has already proved that they can help Public Safety better reach the students. I think it’s going to be very useful and will help the department,” Harris said.