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Public Safety Advisory Committee:

Cornell's Public Safety Advisory Committee, composed of students and faculty and staff members, advises Cornell Police on issues of public safety and makes recommendations to campus public safety officials and the university president on ways to improve campus security policies and procedures. The committee reviews issues that affect the overall safety and well being of Cornell's diverse community.

PSAC prepares an annual report that is sent to the University President and to the New York State Department of Education. This report includes the numbers of crimes reported to Cornell Police, crime patterns on campus, and descriptions of university-sponsored educational programs that promote efforts to reduce violence and to address sexual assault and substance abuse. Recommendations for improving policies and campus programs are also included. Community members can get copies of the report from the Office of the Assistant Director of Cornell Police (call 255-8945).

PSAC recommendations for bridging gaps in current policies and programs have resulted in the creation of the Victim Advocacy Program, designed to expand services to victims/survivors of sexual assault, harassment, and other bias crimes; the establishment of a sexual-assault policy; improved sexual-harassment training programs; and expansion of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Education, Assessment, and Referral Program.

The committee encourages others in the community to attend its meetings to discuss issues and concerns regarding campus safety, and welcomes new members. Membership appointments are made annually and are renewable. Interested students should contact the Office of the Assemblies (165 Day Hall, 255-3715). Interested faculty and staff members should contact the Director of Cornell Police (G2 Barton Hall, 255-7406).