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Personal Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC)

Charge of the PSAC

The PSAC reports to the SUNY Board of Trustees through Vice President for Administration, James VanVoorst. 

The Mission of the PSAC is twofold:

The first goal of the PSAC is to keep you informed of safety initiatives that are on-going at Binghamton Universty.  The main menu selection IMPORTANT SAFETY LINKS facilitates your access to this information.

The second goal of the PSAC is to investigate any concerns you may have concerning your safety or the safety of others. If you feel that that your safety or the safety of others is at risk in your surroundings at Binghamton University, including the main campus, the Downtown Center, the Integrated Technology Center, or any other University-owned property, the PSAC wants to know about it.  We promise to investigate all concerns and provide you feedback on what we did to resolve them. To file a report of a concern, please choose REPORT A CONCERN from the menu. 

The Official Charge of the PSAC, as directed from the SUNY BOARD OF TRUSTEES:

[1] Function of the PSAC:

a) State-wide documents:

                i) Establishment of Safety Advisory Committees:

http://www.suny.edu/sunypp/documents.cfm?doc_id=366 or

http://www.suny.info/policies/groups/public/documents/policies/pub_suny_pp_038125.htm 

provides the following information concerning the mandate for the PSAC:

Policy Title: Establishment of Campus Safety Advisory Committees
Effective Date: July 1, 2004
This policy item applies to: State-Operated Campuses

Summary:

It is the policy of the State University of New York (University) to comply with legal requirements of Article 129-A of NYS Education Law §6431 (Regulation of Conduct on Campus and Other College Property Used for Educational Purposes). Accordingly, the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York has adopted written rules requiring campuses to establish campus safety advisory committees. These committees will provide advice and written reports on issues relating to personal safety on the campus as well as perform identified requirements of 20 USC §1092(f), also known as the "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act." (See the University procedure on Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Reporting for information regarding the requirements and format for reporting official crime statistics.)

POLICY

I. Establishment of Campus Safety Advisory Committee

It is the policy of the State University of New York (University) to comply with legal requirements of Article 129-A of NYS Education Law §6431 (Regulation of Conduct on Campus and Other College Property Used for Educational Purposes). Accordingly, the Board of Trustees of the University has adopted written rules requiring campuses to establish campus safety advisory committees.

A.  Committee Composition – The committee shall consist of a minimum of six members:

1. at least half of the committee shall be female;

2. one-third of the committee shall be appointed from a list of students that contains at least twice the number to be appointed, which is provided by the largest student governance organization on the campus;

3. one-third of the committee shall be appointed from a list of faculty members that contains twice the number to be appointed, which is provided by the largest faculty organization on the campus; and

4. one-third of the committee shall be selected by the President.

 B.  Committee Responsibilities - The committee shall review current campus security policies and procedures and make recommendations for their improvement. It   shall specifically review current policies, plans and procedures for:

1. educating the campus community, including security personnel and those persons who advise or supervise students, about sexual assault pursuant to §6432 of Article 129-A of NYS Education Law;

2. educating the campus community about personal safety and crime prevention;

3. reporting sexual assaults and dealing with victims during investigations;

4. referring complaints to appropriate authorities;

5. counseling victims; and

6. responding to inquiries from concerned persons.

C.  Written Annual Reporting - The committee shall report in writing, at least once (June 15) each academic year to:

1. the campus president;

2. the entire campus including faculty, staff, administrators and students in publications or appropriate mailing;and

3. when requested, applicants for enrollment or employment.

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Last Updated: 1/27/14