A new, interdisciplinary committee at California State University, Stanislaus is dedicated to preventing crime and violence.
The Crime Violence Prevention Team exists to identify, monitor and provide resources to individuals who display behaviors that cause concern for the welfare of the individual or university community.
“We’re available as a team to faculty, staff and students who bring to our attention issues of concern or safety,” said Dennis Shimek, Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Human Resources. Shimek also serves at the Committee Coordinator for the CVP Team. “We have a committee of professionals to review and take appropriate action. We want to make sure everyone is aware of where to go if there are issues of violence.”
The CVP focuses primarily on students who may be exhibiting signs of pending problems, however the group also monitors issues relating to faculty, staff and campus visitors as well.
In addition to Shimek, the CVP Team includes the following individuals at CSU Stanislaus:
– Dan Berkow – Director of Psychological Counseling Services
– Ron Noble – Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students
– Gina Leguria – Senior Manager of Human Resources and Compliance
– Julie Johnson – Campus Compliance Officer
– Kelly Mode – HR Manager, Employee/Labor Relations
– Steven Jaureguy – Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety
The team is also able to utilize other staff and university resources to assist and provide expertise to the team when needed.
“The members were chosen based on the major responsibilities they have on campus,” said Shimek. “Those persons come to the committee with responsibilities and are attached to their job to ensure the well being of staff and students.”
The CVP Team meets once per month to review reports of incidents or referrals from the University Police Department and concerns from the campus community. The team also works closely with the university’s Safety and Risk Management Team in high-risk situations.
If a member of the CSU Stanislaus campus community is interested in promoting awareness of bystander intervention and responding to students in distress, contact Shimek at (209) 667-3351 or firstname.lastname@example.org.