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Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC)

Cornell’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) is composed of students, staff, and faculty members who advise Cornell Police on issues of campus public safety. PSAC is an advisory committee on campus security in accordance with Section 6431 of Article 129-A of New York State Education Law. The committee makes recommendations to improve campus security policies and procedures and reviews issues that affect the overall safety and well- being of Cornell’s diverse community.

Appointments to the committee are made annually. Students, faculty, and staff members interested in the PSAC are invited to contact Executive Vice President  & CFO Joanne DeStefano.

NYS Education Department Article 129A – Section 6430…6438

PSAC Campus Community Survey

From February 8-21, 2021, Cornell’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) surveyed Ithaca campus students, faculty and staff to capture community perspectives on police practices on Cornell’s Ithaca campus. These secure and confidential findings are supporting the PSAC as it examines campus security and safety now and in the future and will inform its recommendations, due to university leadership in May 2021, as part of ongoing diversity, equity and inclusion work at Cornell.  For more information, and to review the survey report, please see the FAQs

PSAC Focus Groups

In spring 2021, PSAC partnered with Southpaw Insights, an independent research and analytics firm, to hold a series of focus groups to provide deeper, more nuanced insights on the Ithaca campus community’s perspectives on campus safety and security. For more information, and to review the findings, please see the following page.

Board of Trustees PSAC Update – May 2021

Committee Agendas and Minutes: