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Minutes of Meeting

Support Services Committee Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Location: Small Library Conference Room, Rm 2405A

Meeting Details

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order by Chair Brian Kopp, at 12:32 PM.

Members Present:

Brian Kopp, Maria Atilano, Pieter de Jong, Donni Welch-Rawls, and Terence Cavanaugh

Members Absent:

James Hall, Chris Brown, and Pamela Zeiser

Others Attending:

Charles Strudel (Deputy Chief), Francis Mackesy (UPD Chief) Frank Mackesy, and Radha Pyati (FA president)

Meeting Minutes

  • Approval of the Minutes

  • Introductory Remarks/Old Business

    Introduction from new Faculty Association Chair, Radha Pyati. She thanked committee members for their service, and stressed importance of individual committees.
  • New Business

    University Police Department Chief Frank Mackesy introduced himself and Deputy Chief Bill Strudel. The Chief described the UPD as a service-driven organization that depends on the needs of the university faculty or departments. They can provide a variety of trainings and sessions depending on what is needed. Compliance with the Clery Act is extremely important to keep in mind for teaching faculty.

    UPD is here to keep us safe, but there are only 31 officers on duty. No matter what happens, our officers will serve; however, faculty may be ill prepared to face an incident. UPD provides training sessions and presents at orientation for new university employees. Faculty members often fall thru the cracks, because orientation is not mandatory for them. Chief Mackesy asks that faculty review literature and training videos (RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.) with their students. This training differs from what was previously taught on campus (Shelter in Place), which was not effective. Faculty should receive info
    and video at the beginning of every semester, and the Chief asks that faculty spend 6-7min with their students on this topic.

    UPD provides many other duties such as unlocking doors to classrooms/offices/buildings, helping people get gas, walking individuals to their car for safety, etc. UPD members serve on the SOS committee (save our students). SOS also includes the student ombudsman, counseling center, conduct officer, housing and res life, and others. The Chief believes there is a difference between UPD duties and those of an instructor, however, UPD can play a role if a student begins to show warning signs.

    UPD is here to help. Many members have been in police work their entire life, because it's community-policing 101. They can design their presentations to meet a professor’s needs. “If I can predict it, I can prevent it.” Another measure the UPD has taken is the stop station in the library. The UPD has to bank on good will, and wants students and faculty to be able to put a face to the badge. Chief encourages UPD to walk the buildings, but some professors complain.

    Chief Mackesy was asked about the guns on campus bill, and he suggested that faculty get involved and voice their concern about the bill if they have any.

    UPD wear body cameras, and all three lodged complaints were proven to be false. They patrol parking lots and garages. If they receive a complaint, they will amp up patrol. UPD will not enforce smoking ban, but they do however enforce the stroll it, don't roll it policy. Number one complaint on campus: skateboards. “We are your police department, and we are only as good as you allow us to serve you.”
  • . Other Discussions/Announcement

    Who would committee members like to speak to us during the Spring semester? Options include SOS, Parking Services, and Bookstore. Will discuss more next meeting.
  • Adjournment & Next Meeting

    The meeting adjourned at 1:39 p.m. 

    The next meeting will take place Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. in the UNF Library, Small Conference Room, Building 12, 2nd Floor, Room 2405A.