Brief summary of special meeting of the Faculty Senate

A special session of the PSU Faculty Senate was held Monday, October 15 to discuss disarming campus police. The meeting provided Faculty Senators the opportunity to discuss and share information regarding the disarming of campus police. Ex-officio Senator and Board of Trustees member, Maude Hines, provided historical and contextual information on the arming of campus police in 2014. Faculty Senators from the Graduate School of Education, School of Public Health, School of Social Work, University Studies, English, Political Science, History, and Conflict Resolution were among those speaking in support of disarming campus police. Michael Walsh, Director of University Housing and Residence Life, and Tim Anderson, Chair and Associate Professor of Engineering and Technology Management were among the limited number of speakers who opposed disarming campus police. President Shoureshi also spoke about the number of people he is hearing from who oppose disarming the campus police and stated that the independent consultant group, Margolis Healy, will attend the November 5, 2018 Faculty Senate meeting. The meeting adjourned without specific actions. A full transcript of the meeting will be posted to the Faculty Senate website.

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