By Margaret Duncan/The Signal
California State University, Stanislaus President Joseph Sheley delivered a speech focusing on the issues of risk management, safety, health and information security March 10.
Throughout the hour an audience consisting of faculty, staff and students listened to Sheley stress the importance of a university-wide culture that has only the best intentions when it comes to campus safety.
“We can’t be so vigilant and so professionally trained that we never make a mistake,” Sheley said. “Instead we have got to get to a place where we have reduced the mistakes. The key to all of this is culture and acting in good faith.”
University Police Department Chief Steve Jaureguy helped reinforce the idea of having a culture on campus where everyone can feel safe.
“Be aware of things that present a threat, whether it’s a physical threat or to persons,” Jaureguy said. “We just need to work together and with each other to report these things and identify them.”
Sheley also addressed the theft over winter break in the Social Work department, where a hard drive containing sensitive, student information was stolen.
“I’m not outing the department of Social Work here, they were really very good about it,” Sheley said. “I felt bad for them, they stepped up to say, ‘Whoa, these are our students and we feel like we’ve let them down.’ But they hadn’t in the hugest way. Those data were theoretically secure. Who expected a burglary?”
At the request of Sheley, Carl Whitman, Associate Vice President of Information Technology, informed the audience that the CSU Chancellor’s Office has been working for years to perfect the guidelines concerning information security.
He continued on to say the data classification standards can be found at the Integrated CSU Administrative Manual website.
Safety and regulations concerning campus events were also addressed during the speech.
Sheley reported that safety concerns for events range from student drinking and bleacher safety at Warrior soccer games to keeping children safe around campus ponds.
He also publicly answered a question he is regularly asked: Why the campus no longer hosts a Fourth of July fireworks show for the community, as it did in years past.
His answer addressed the fact that the campus has a permeable perimeter that would make it difficult for the university to enforce a no-alcohol regulation for such an event.
“We can’t come up with enough rules,” Sheley said.
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