Release Date: 
Friday, November 1, 2019

Campus Safety Service Level Analysis

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Dear Students, Colleagues and Community Members,

We are conducting an analysis of the Henry Ford College Campus Safety system. I have asked Vice President for Student Affairs Daniel Herbst to lead a task force to evaluate and report on our Campus Safety service level.

The result of this analysis will be a recommendation that I will make to the Board of Trustees about whether HFC Campus Safety system should remain as it is or be adjusted.

Some of the factors we are considering include:

  1. What our current Campus Safety services are, and how they compare to similar regional institutions.

  2. The number of HFC personnel and the number of contract security personnel we employ, and what their respective duties are and should be.

  3. Whether some or all of our Campus Safety officers should have arrest authority.

  4. Whether some or all of our Campus Safety officers should carry firearms.

  5. The unique nature of our campus population, and how our community might be affected by any changes in our Campus Safety department.

We recognize that any changes to our current Campus Safety system will have both intended and unintended effects.

The Campus Safety system is designed to serve you. So we need to know what you think and feel about whether our Campus Safety system is meeting the educational, safety, and security needs of our College.

I have asked Dr. Herbst to conduct this analysis during November and December of this year. I expect to take recommendations to the Board at its December 2019 meeting. I need your help. And here is how you can help:

Attend our upcoming forums.

We will host nine open forums in the next two weeks. The schedule is below. Three of the forums are designated for students, three are for employees, and three are for all of you, including our local community members.

Each forum will include:

  1. A presentation about our Campus Safety system and its services, and what our data and experiences tell us about the safety and security needs of our campuses.

  2. An opportunity for discussion for you to ask questions and make comments.

  3. An opportunity to fill out an anonymous survey about our Campus Safety system and services. I am specifically organizing the survey so that no person, including me, can see the identity of any responders.

Forums schedule

All forums are scheduled to last one hour.

Student forums: Weds., Nov. 6, 3:00 p.m., Welcome Center Community Rooms Thurs., Nov. 7, 11:30 a.m., Rosenau Rooms, ASCC (L) Building Tues., Nov. 12, 10:30 a.m., Berry Auditorium, ASCC (L) Building

Employee forums: Weds., Nov. 6, 11:30 a.m., Welcome Center Community Rooms Thurs., Nov. 7, 3:30 p.m., Rosenau Rooms, ASCC (L) Building Tues., Nov. 12, 3:00 p.m., Welcome Center Community Rooms

Community forums (everyone is welcome): Weds., Nov. 6, 6:00 p.m., Welcome Center Community Rooms Thurs., Nov. 7, 6:00 p.m., Rosenau Rooms, ASCC (L) Building Tues., Nov. 12, 6:00 p.m., Berry Auditorium, ASCC (L) Building

Share your perspectives. Fill out our survey.

We will ask everyone on campus to consider completing our survey. The survey will be provided on our website, where you can complete it anonymously. The online version is preferred, because it is easier for us to collect and analyze the data. However, we will provide paper copies for individuals who prefer that format.

Thank you for helping us consider this important decision for our campus community. We will publish a list of the task force members and relevant documents on our website, and we will provide a link to the survey, which will be online next week.

Questions?

If you have questions about the process or the forums, please contact one of the task force leaders:

• Chair Daniel Herbst, Vice President for Student Affairs: drherbst@hfcc.edu • Karen Schoen, Campus Safety Manager: kschoen@hfcc.edu • Rhonda DeLong, Director of Marketing and Communications: rdelong@hfcc.edu

Thank you.

Russ Kavalhuna President