Personal Safety Committee

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The Personal Safety Committee is a broad-based and continuing advisory group to review issues of personal safety.

History and Purpose

In April 1984, Chancellor Cliffton Wharton, responding to expressed concerns about personal safety on SUNY campuses, called for each state-operated campus in the SUNY system to form a broad-based and continuing advisory group to review issues of personal safety. In June of 1984, the SUNY Board of Trustees adopted a resolution supporting the Chancellor's request. The University at Buffalo already had in place the "President's Task Force on Women's Safety" which then President, Steven B. Sample, designated as UB's official "Personal Safety Committee".

In 1990, the requirements for the composition of the Committee were formalized with regard to the number of representatives (at least 12), their gender (evenly divided between men and women), and their university affiliation (equal numbers of faculty, students, and staff).

The purpose of the Personal Safety Committee, as stipulated by the 1991 mandate from the Vice President for Student Affairs, is "to advise the Vice President for Student Affairs on issues related to the personal safety and security of all members of the University community and visitors to our campus." Formerly, the Committee's main concern was women's safety, which continues to be reflected in its second major task: to provide the Vice President for Student Affairs with reports, suggestions, and recommendations for the "improvement of personal security conditions in all areas of campus response protocols for sexual assault situations."

Responsibilities of the Committee

  • Recommend further actions and programs that will raise the level of safety awareness among all members of the University community.
  • Identify ways to utilize academic programs for the enhancement of personal safety.
  • Review existing programs and suggest improvements in safety education, particularly for students taking evening courses, using campus services such as libraries and computing sites during off hours, and living in residence halls.
  • Review and identify potential sources of funding for future and current programs related to personal safety on campus.
  • Review and suggest improvements to campus preventative and judicial policies on sexual assault.
  • Conduct regular lighting tours of both campuses to maintain a safe environment for those on campus during evening hours.
  • Conduct regular meetings regarding the status of blue light phones on campus.
  • Monitor availability of counseling services for victims.
  • Continue on-going assessment of the quality of personal safety policies, practices, procedures, and programs by reviewing critical incidents.
  • Periodically conduct formal and informal survey of student and staff opinion.
  • Analyze crime statistics reported by University Police.

Current Members of the Committee

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Name Affiliation Address   Phone Number Fax Number Email
Chris Bartolomei
Acting Chief of Police, Ad-hoc Chair, P.S.C. 110 Bissell Hall 645-2230 645-3758 ub-police@buffalo.edu
Elizabeth Lidano Director, Judicial Affairs/ Student Advocacy 9 Norton Hall 645-6154 645-3376 lidano@buffalo.edu
Sherri Darrow Director, Wellness Education Services 114 Student Union 645-2837 645-6234 darrow@buffalo.edu
Ken Hood Facilities Space and Planning Safety Officer, University Libraries
228d Capen Hall
645-2818 645-3710 kenhood@buffalo.edu
Aaron Maracle Staff Assistant, Wellness Education Services
303 Michael Hall 829-2205   amaracle@buffalo.edu
Kathleen Murphy Manager, Network and Classroom Services
108 Computing Center  645-6700   kbrown@buffalo.edu
Kesha Lanier Assistant Director of Affirmative Action, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 406 Capen Hall 645-2266   kelanier@buffalo.edu
Lynda Burey Administrative Staff Assistant, Environment, Health & Safety Services 250 Winspear Ave 829-3707 829-2516 lburey@buffalo.edu
Renee Greene Staff Assistant, Parking & Transportation 106 Spaulding Quad 645-7329   guarino2@buffalo.edu
Christopher Donacik Assistant Director, Building & Grounds
120a Beane Center 645-5279   cdonacik@buffalo.edu
Daniel Ryan Director, Off Campus Student Relations 101 Allen Hall 829-3536   dryan@buffalo.edu
John Kisker Senior Staff Assistant, Parking and Transportation 102 Spaulding Quad 645-3943   johnkisk@buffalo.edu
Chris Bragdon Assistant Director, Residence Life
119 Goodyear Hall
645-3144   cbragdon@buffalo.edu
Cindy Konovitz Asst. Dean School of Pharmacy 160 Pharmacy Buidling 645-3002   cfk@buffalo.edu
Anna Sotelo-Peryea   Assistant Director, Wellness Education Services, Violence Prevention Team 306 Michael Hall 829-2893   acperyea@buffalo.edu
Marla McBride Wellness Education Services 310 Michael Hall 645-6937   majurek@buffalo.edu
Trent Bero Director of Safety Services, SBI 341 Student Union 645-2954    
John Kisker Parking and Transportation 106 Spaulding Quad 645-2707   johnkisk@buffalo.edu

Violence Prevention Team Subcommittee

The Violence Prevention Committee, a subcommittee of the Personal Safety Committee, is a team of stakeholders from the greater University community committed to preventing violence on campus and helping individuals affected by acts of violence. The goal of the Violence Prevention Committee is to create a campus culture that promotes healthy gender-equitable relationships and eliminates violence by establishing interdisciplinary collaboration across UB and with the surrounding communities.

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