2005-2006 WELFARE AND SECURITY COMMITTEE
Members of the Committee: Tom Akins (DOPP) ex officio, Mary Ann Ingram, Chair (ECE), Hal Irvin (Org Dev), Jilda Garton (GTRC), Carol Moore (Office of the Provost), Gail Palmer (ECE), Paul Supawanich (Student), and Jane Weyant (COE)
The Committee met on the following dates: 8/24, 10/5, 11/9, 12/7, 1/8, 2/8, 5/3, and 7/17. Our areas of focus for the year included:
Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) – A campus-wide AED program would cut the response time to a sudden cardiac arrest event from 6-8 minutes to 3-4 minutes, corresponding to a 30%- 40% increase in the chance of survival for anyone suffering such an event on campus. In addition, being the first institute of higher learning in Georgia (and one of the first in the U.S.) to have a campus-wide AED program would provide Georgia Tech with positive publicity, an enhanced reputation in the community, and an improved working environment.
An AED ad hoc committee, chaired by Frank Lambert (ECE), including stakeholders from Health Services, Facilities, Legal, Development, Purchasing, GTRI, several academic units, the Police Department, NEETRAC, and WSC, was formed. With Jean-Lou Chameau’s encouragement, the AED ad hoc committee pursued a lengthy and vigorous screening process of competing AED companies before deciding that Medtronics offered the best campus-wide AED program. In addition, Frank Lambert and Gail Palmer, a member of the WSC and of the AED ad hoc committee, met with doctors at Atlanta Cardiology who were instrumental in implementing the AED program at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.
The WSC proposal for a campus-wide AED program is based upon a five-year commitment to install a total of 350 AEDs (at an estimated cost of $505,750 total and $1,445.00 each) incrementally: 150 in 2006 for $216,750 and 50 each year thereafter for $72,250/yr. The AEDs would be installed in all academic units and other priority and high traffic areas (Student Center, Ferst Theatre). The proposal was delivered to Robert Thompson.
Motorized Carts on Campus – The Welfare and Security Committee (WSC) met twice with Police Chief Teresa Crocker, member of an ad hoc committee focused on this issue, and re-expressed its concern about the lack of a campus policy for motorized carts, and specifically about the potential harm to pedestrians and cart drivers. It is a complicated issue with significant financial considerations. Although the WSC requested to review a draft of the ad hoc committee policy proposal, such has not been provided.
Parking Fee Increase – The WSC protested to the General Faculty on April 18, 2006 about both the 5% increase in parking fees for 2006-2007 and the closed nature of the Parking budget preparation process. Executive Assistant to the President, Sue Ann Bidstrup-Allen, attended the July 17, 2006 meeting of the WSC and promised to follow-up. Mary Ann Ingram served on the Parking and Transportation Advisory Committee during the year.
Multi-Campus Faculty Governance – The WSC questions whether the faculty on satellite campuses have adequate representation in faculty governance, including representation on Institute committees. Multi-Campus Faculty Governance Committee Chairman Monty Hayes briefed the WSC on this issue, and WSC member Jane Weyant participated in several meetings of the Multi-Campus Faculty Governance Committee.
Travel Policy and Export Control– The WSC is concerned about the safety of faculty when they travel and potential ways that they may be assisted in disaster situations, such as 9/ 11, when many were trapped without transportation. Financial Services personnel briefed WSC on how travel authorizations (TAs) are and will be handled, including how international TAs will trigger Export Control reviews. A web-based travel module is being developed, which may address these needs. The WSC was also briefed on campus compliance with Export Controls.
Pedestrian Safety – WSC pointed out to Police Chief Teresa Crocker and Parking Director Bob Furniss that revised placement of crosswalks and more pedestrian signs are needed.