Online Campus Crime Log

March 2, 2017

Questioner: Anonymous

Posed to: Mauricio Gonzalez, Vice President of Student Affairs

Can the daily crime log, which is required to be posted, be posted online like other institutions, rather than only in the lobby of the UPD building?

Response: 

Thank you for the question. The relevant state and federal laws such as the Clery Act require that crime reports be posted on-site, and further the Clery Act and Florida’s public records law require the reports be made available to anyone who requests them. Our current practices have been implemented to fully comply with those laws. As technologies and processes progress, we plan to look into the possibility of providing both on-site posting and electronic posting.

Confucius Institute Recommendation

December 1, 2016

Questioner: Anonymous

Posed to: Mauricio Gonzalez, Vice President, Student & International Affairs

A follow-up question regarding the UNF Confucius Institute: I would like to request that they invite one or more of the following distinguished scholars to give a seminar during the next year: and a list of suggested seminar speakers was provided.

Response from the floor by FA President Radha Pyati:
This question and list of suggested speakers has been forwarded to Dr. Mauricio Gonzalez, Chair of the Confucius Institute Board of Directors and someone who works with the Confucius Institute on programming. 

Response:

Thank you for your question. Both Dr Gonzalez and the Confucius Institute Board would be more than happy to entertain proposals for potential speakers/ programs within the context of the mission of the Confucius Institute. This can be done via email at any time throughout the semester to the CI Board or direct email to Dr. Ouyang who would then present this request to the CI board for review.

Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance.

Creating a Football Program at UNF

Questioner: Anonymous

Posted to: John Delaney, President University of North Florida

“Given the recent data on the short-term and long-term effects of concussions and sub-concussive injuries on young men playing football, why would UNF even consider creating a football program and adding to this mounting tragedy.”

 

Written response from Dr. Thomas Serwatka, Vice President & Chief of Staff to the President:

As President Delaney indicated in his oral response, it is quite likely that the financial numbers will not support adding football at this time. If and when the numbers do support adding a football team, there will be a more comprehensive review of whether football is appropriate for this campus. In these discussions, we would certainly put the health of the student-athlete as a primary point of discussion. Professional sports and college athletics are beginning to look into ways to mitigate the injuries that are occurring. When, and if, it becomes financially feasible for UNF to consider football, the safety precautions may have advanced significantly. But we won’t know until we are there and you can be sure that, under this administration, the safety of the student-athlete will be a critical component of any decision-making process.

 

I hope these responses address the two issues raised. We would be happy to meet with individual faculty members to provide more information, as such information becomes available.

 

President Delaney would also like to thank the questioners for keeping our attention focused on important questions such as these.

 

Respectfully,

 

Thomas S. Serwatka

Campus Police Officers

Questioner: Anonymous

Posted to: Mauricio Gonzalez, Vice President International and Student Affairs

Recently while strolling around campus, I noticed one of our police officers rolling around on an expensive Segway. Two nearby students commented “What’s wrong with a bike?” So I refer the question to you Mr. President, in this era of tight budgets, pay cuts, green-house gases, and an obesity epidemic, what’s wrong with a bike?

Written Response from Mauricio Gonzalez, Vice President for Student & International Affairs:

OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

From: Mauricio GonzalezTo: Patrick Plumlee, President, UNF Faculty Association

Subject: Use of Segway on Campus

 

Below you will find the answers to the June 2011 anonymous questions regarding the use of the Segway on Campus.

 

Question: Recently while strolling around campus, I noticed one of our police officers rolling around on an expensive Segway. Two nearby students commented “What’s wrong with a bike?” SO I refer the question to you Mr. President. In this era of tight budgets, pay cuts, greenhouse gases, what’s wrong with a bike?

 

Response:TheSegway was bought in addition to the bikes about two years ago to provide a green, safe andhighlyvisiblevehicle for officers assigned to the core to quickly coverlarge areas in a short period of time. The vehiclemaneuvers betterthan a bike andoffers anelevated platform that allows the officer to see over the pedestrian traffic while on patrol in the core campus area.

 

Because of the maneuverability of the vehicle it also provides closer contact with our community and enhances our community policing philosophy. Since we started utilizing the Segway we have received very favorable comments and replies from the campus community because of its visibility and faster response times in the core campus area.