University of Dayton Campus Safety: Eliminating student bias surrounding UDPD in hopes to reduce the health risk due to a reluctance to call Public Safety

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University of Dayton Campus Safety: Eliminating student bias surrounding UDPD in hopes to reduce the health risk due to a reluctance to call Public Safety

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Presenter(s)

Nicholas A Cheesman, Melanie H Craft, Julia A Ripepi

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Campus safety is a quality that universities everywhere strive to improve continually. The University of Dayton is known for its excellence in campus safety, providing its own Police Department working in collaboration with a student-run EMS organization. Despite these resources, there has been a potential downfall in campus safety due to a reluctance to call for help in fear of disciplinary action. This stems from a student bias surrounding UDPD’s “mindset” of prioritizing disciplinary action over health and safety. There is a major health risk in the reluctance to call for medical attention, prompting efforts to eliminate student bias against UDPD. We went about this by interviewing the Chief of Police and providing a questionnaire for his officers to provide their thoughts on campus safety. We consulted both UDPD officers and UD EMS members about their roles in the safety of students across campus, specifically focusing on alcohol related emergencies. Additionally, we consulted current UD students about their perspectives on UDPD and UD EMS. In this presentation, we recommend there to be improved communication between the Department of Public Safety and the student body along with clarification of a more concrete amnesty policy in place. The University of Dayton provides its student body with great resources during medical emergencies. UDPD and UD EMS share the same goal of the health and safety of each student.

Publication Date

4-5-2017

Project Designation

Course Project - Undergraduate

Primary Advisor

Rachel Bloom-Pojar

Primary Advisor's Department

English

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University of Dayton Campus Safety: Eliminating student bias surrounding UDPD in hopes to reduce the health risk due to a reluctance to call Public Safety

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