Safe Communities - The Coalition
Pedestrian Safety Task Group - The Pedestrian Safety Task Group was created to look proactively at issues related to Pedestrian Safety in general with an emphasis on pedestrian/vehicle interface issues. The group includes staff from Environmental Health and Safety, WKU Police, Parking and Transportation, Planning Design and Construction, and Facilities Management. In addition, representatives of Student Government along with municipal public works officials are regularly included in meetings.
Drug & Alcohol Task Group - The excessive use of alcohol and the use of illegal drugs have long been concerns facing universities. WKU established a formal group to monitor and address situations involving drugs and alcohol usage. This group not only works to respond to incidents and address violations of university policies, they also bring together student groups and university faculty and staff to develop awareness campaigns, provide safe transportation for those who may be impaired, and to link at risk students with counseling and other services to help address issues with substance abuse.
Emergency Preparedness Core Team Task Group - The Emergency Management Core Team Task Group is a standing committee that oversees emergency planning and response initiatives for the university. The committee is jointly co-chaired by the Department of Environmental Health and Safety and the WKU Police Department. The group is cross-functional including senior leaders from Student Affairs, Police, EH&S, Information Technology, Facilities Management, Parking and Transportation and Human Resources. In addition, the group includes representatives from the faculty and Student Government Associations.
Campus Partners - The Campus Partners Team (CPT) consists of University personnel with expertise in law enforcement/threat assessment/tactical applications, university centers operations, medical knowledge, Greek life, judicial affairs, residence life, sexual assault, counseling, academic retention and student programming. CPT uses a collaborative effort to assess disruptive behaviors and depending on the situation, team members with specific areas of specialization/ responsibility may be called upon to lead the Team. The team will also work to help create a campus culture of caring for students of concern and a crisis education program for the campus as a whole. The goal of the CPT is to foster early identification of concerns about a student(s), early screening of problematic situations that adversely affect a student and/or the learning community, the development of preventative, early and effective interventions and action plans designed to support student development, and address problems before they evolve into crises.