Commission on the Status of Women

CSW Strategic Plan: Safety

A safe learning and working environment encompasses protection from physical danger on campus, to freedom from threat, intimidation, harassment, and hostile behavior. Constant and proactive attention to these issues is necessary in order to prevent crime and harassment from occurring, and to ensure awareness of where to go to report crimes that may occur. Coordination among the offices concerned with all aspects of crime prevention/response and safety education is vital to the maintenance of a safe and open campus climate. Although the majority of recommendations in this section are concerned with students, all groups and classifications on campus must be taken into account in our efforts to ensure a safe campus environment.

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Issues regarding Safety

  • Physical safety of students, staff, and faculty
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Rape, sexual assault and relationship violence
  • Institutional committment to women's safety concerns and needs

Recommendations for improving Safety

  1. Safety Escort Service (SES)
    • Seek collaboration with SES, DPS, VPSA, Provost and Risk Management to address problems and solutions to SES gaps.
    • Institutionalize Safety Escort Service (e.g. stablize annual budget, administrative support, administrative department)
    • Expand safe transportation beyond campus boundaries (SES, FLASH, T.I.M., Safe Ride Van)
    • Support blue light priority plan
    • Improve lighting on campus malls, parking structures, construction areas at all campuses
  2. Sexual assault, relationship violence, and rape awareness, education, and response
    • Student Affairs should assess and improve the quality, leadership and visibility of its relationship and sexual violence prevention programming. Funding and staffing levels should be included in this assessment.
    • Student Affairs should aggressively seek funding to enhance its relationship and sexual violence programming capabilitites.
    • Student Affairs should better promote existing services aimed at women’s safety issues on campus; Student Affairs should take the leadership on identifying and coordinating collaboration among units and organizations to ensure issues are addressed across the spectrum of awareness and prevention.
  3. Enhance student awareness and networking around safety and sexual harassment issues and resources.
    • Identify and widely distribute a shortlist of people with positions who can be contacted when there are safety concerns (e.g. who to contact in Residence Life if there are concerns about safety in the residence halls).
    • Ensure that regular education programs are being conducted that inform and support students in the use of prevention strategies and safety resources.
    • Provide targeted education to groups whose social norms may support gender bias, gender violence, or excessive use of alcohol and drugs that often result in sex-related crimes (e.g., fraternities and athletes).
    • Widely publicize where and how to report violent crimes.
    • Utilize ASASU funding opportunities to conduct safety and education programs.
  4. Develop Safety Advocacy Network
    • Coordinate the development of a safety advocacy network with women’s student, staff, and faculty groups on campus.
    • The Safety Advocacy Network should provide special advocacy for the safety concerns of disabled people.
    • The Safety Advocacy Network should work with appropriate offices to address safety needs of offices with extended hours.
  5. Cart Services for people with disabilities
    • Assess needs and extend disability services cart hours to provide service for staff if warranted (currently ends at 4:45pm/SES does not provide services until 6pm).
  6. Residence Life should assess the need for window bars in Sonora Center to prevent unwanted entry.