University Environment Committee
January 19, 2011
Administration Building - VP Conference Room 2nd Floor
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Attending: John Robinson, Chair; Paul Siegel; Vice-Chair, Nick Koridis, Recording Secretary: Gilbert Hanson, John Murray, Robert Aller, Eric Lamberg, Anne (Ellefson) Doherty, Joseph Antoneli, Andrew Greco and Paula Di Pasquale-Alverez
Excused: Nancy Balkon, Matt Aiello-Lammens, John Shandra and Gary Mar
Guests: Chief Robert Lenahan – SB University Police Department,
Meeting called to order by: John Robinson 10:30 AM
1 - Introductions – John Robinson passed around agenda and Nick passed the sign-in sheet.
2- Review of the Minutes – Motion to approve the minutes from the November 23, 2010 by Paul Seigel and seconded by John Murray all in favor and no abstentions.
- Stony Brook University Police Department Special Guest – introduced by John Robinson
- Robert Lenahan of SB-UPD introduced as the Chief of Police for the last two years. Robert opened the presentation with a power point slide show highlighting the many changes that have been made.
- UPD works with campus departments at various capacities as statistics were shared; i.e., there are 113 uniformed members and over 40,000 calls for service annually.
- UPD received DCJS accreditation last month “Division of Criminal Justice Services”, there are ~553 agencies in NYS and 215 are accredited. Stony Brook is the 2nd accredited unit in the SUNY system which took two years to complete.
- Discussion about the Jeanne Clery act as a presidential mandate. Annual report, crime statistics and policy statements. Published each year in October with policy procedures. A hand out was passed out as an example where in September 2011 the next report is due.
- Reduction, engineering education and reinforcement are the three key areas of importance, i.e. locks, keys, and Lenel card swipe systems.
- Educational front with student affairs quad offices and getting the word out is important. Community relations outreach team handles special events, commencement and dignitary visits.
- Specialized program include - distracted driver presentations, campus safety and orientation, finger printing, alcohol awareness, Operation ID.
- Campus Emergency Communications. – RAVE alert, Rave Guardian, Mass email, SB Emergency management website, SB alert and advisory. Campus cable TV and campus radio, external media, campus wide LCD panels 19 throughout east and west campus. Expanding to a total of 64 panels, fire alarm panel’s new in 15 buildings on campus.
- Bob Aller asked about evacuation plans and how they work if an emergency such as staggering times similar to few years back in a snow storm.
- SBUPD working with county on events and addressing situations to assist in either case. Things are working well with communications with various agencies such as Suffolk County Police.
- Rave Guardian - Rave alert is a faster but yet effective means of communication and response. Other benefits discussed as well.
- Blue light phone is somewhat underutilized and it does work for disabled cars/driver. This is why a Blue light phone in your pocket as your cell phone would enable details immediately similar to a panic button. You can add features like your photo, GPS, classroom schedule, etc… SUNY Oswego has it and they like it as there are fewer false alarms than in the past. SUNY Albany uses rave alert as we will use rave alert and guardian combined. The system will roll out in stages slowly to tweak the system and identify concerns by the end of Jan 2011.
- Office of emergency management – UPD. Larry Zarcasese runs this area. Presidential exec order #5 National incident management system meets compliance for emergency response plans.
- Discussion on red light cameras and looking at pedestrian countdown signs, etc. Traffic studies were conducted learning and identifying pedestrian signage.
- R&D park entrance discussed as the roadway sight lines are limited with obstacles. Comment made about adding a stop sign leaving R&D to compliment the stop line that exists.
- There was an inquiry dealing with existing buses that cars are passing them while stopped by south campus entrance.
- Last summer there was increased bike police presence on campus riding around. Training UPD for bike patrols will continue.
- Robert A asked about traffic lights on campus and is there control to change timing or making them blinking to keep the traffic moving.
- John R spoke about the next two meetings for February as informational and March will be addressed for the agenda.
- The next meeting is scheduled in the VP Administration Conference Room on the second floor on Friday, Feb 18th 9:30 AM.
OTHER: Meeting adjourned 12:00