Police Advisory Board

Board Members

Association of Students of the University of Nebraska
Saisha Adhikari
Biological Sciences, Psychology – Senior
402-972-6952
saishaadhikari@gmail.com

ASUN Committee for Diversity and Inclusion
Pending

Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Kerra Russell – Associate Director of OASIS and JGMC JGMC 153
Lincoln, NE 68588-0450
402-472-7723
krussell21@unl.edu

Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Kerra Russell – Associate Director of OASIS and JGMC JGMC 153
Lincoln, NE 68588-0450
402-472-7723
krussell21@unl.edu

Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of People of Color/Women/Gender and Sexual Identities
Dr. Dai Shizuka – Assistant Professor
School of Biological Sciences
410B Manter Hall
402-472-1544
dshizuka2@unl.edu

Residence Hall Association
Edwin Bahena-Flores – President
Residence Hall - Courtyards
Business Administration – sophomore
402-472-1544
erodriguez-flores2@huskers.unl.edu

Graduate Student Assembly
Pending

Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life
Joseph Ziegenhorn
Phi Gamma Delta – FIJI
President
402-670-7688
jzig463@gmail.com

Faculty Senate
Steve Kolbe – Associate Professor, Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film
Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts
402-472-4914
skolbe2@unl.edu

University Association for Administrative Development
Jeff Sherill – Director of IT, College of Business
Howard L. Hawks Hall 411D
Lincoln, NE 68588-0405
402-472-5251
jeff.sherrill@unl.edu

University of Nebraska Office Professionals Association
Jana Wood – Auxiliary Projects & Systems Manager
Willa S. Cather Dining Complex 332A
Lincoln, NE 68588-0622
402-472-3765
jana.wood@unl.edu

Student Affairs
Ryan Lahne - Director of Nebraska Unions
NU 2000
Lincoln, NE 68588-0452
402-472-8166
ryanlahne@unl.edu

Academic Affairs
Sue Swearer – Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer
TEAC 40
Lincoln, NE 68588-0345
402-472-1741
sswearernapolitano1@unl.edu

Office of Global Strategies
Dave Long – Director of Global Safety & Security
Love Library South (LLS) 110 G
Lincoln, NE 68588-4112
402-472-2236
dlong@unl.edu

UNL Police Department
Chief Hassan Ramzah
hassan.ramzah@unl.edu
402-472-4467
Sergeant John Sumsion
jsumsion2@unl.edu
402-472-2222

Operating Guidelines

Purpose

The Police Advisory Board supports an inclusive campus environment by serving as a connection between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police Department (UNLPD) and the campus community. UNLPD is committed to this purpose and seeks to engage the UNL community to gather input on matters pertaining to policing services and campus safety issues.

The Advisory Board functions as a consultative board for the Chief of Police on various matters and concerns involving the UNLPD and UNL community and as a forum to review, discuss, and provide input on programs and projects to improve campus safety. The Board makes recommendations to UNLPD on promoting public awareness and equitable policing services that will provide a sense of personal safety among all UNL community members. Further, the Advisory Board advises the Chancellor on issues pertaining to the UNLPD and campus safety. While individual members are free to engage in public advocacy on any issue, the Advisory Board best serves its purpose through periodic, confidential dialog with the Chancellor.

Advisory Board Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the Police Advisory Board are as follows:

  • To advise the Chief of Police and Chancellor on University matters and policies relating to campus safety and security, public safety communication, and university police interactions and on related matters as appropriate.
  • To advise other members of campus administration as the Chief of Police and Chancellor deem appropriate.
  • To suggest to the Chief of Police and Chancellor issues relating to the University Police Department that should be part of the campus administrative agenda.
  • To communicate to the Chief of Police and Chancellor the perspectives of faculty, staff and students on University policies and decisions.
  • To assist the Chief of Police and Chancellor in addressing issues related to the University Police Department.

Operating Procedures

Each member of the Police Advisory Board agrees to abide by the following:

  • Good faith effort to attend all meetings of the Board.
  • Topics may elicit opposing opinions or positions. Members will promote civil discourse encouraging open discussion.
  • Members will consider the confidentiality of specific information and will respect that certain information may not be shared.
  • To encourage problem solving, issues should be brought to the attention of the Advisory Board and the Chief of Police prior to elevating to the Chancellor

Membership

  1. Members of the Advisory Board shall be appointed for two (2) year, staggered terms. Members may request to their organization to be reappointed for one (1) additional term. Nominations from the representing organization will be due by March 15 and appointments forwarded to the Chancellor for approval by April 15 of each year. Terms shall begin on August 15 of each year, but members may serve until their successors are confirmed.
  2. The Board shall consist of 16 members -14 full members and two advisory members:
    1. One student representative from the ASUN Committee for Diversity and Inclusion.
    2. One representative from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
    3. One student representative from the Association of Students of the University ofNebraska (ASUN).
    4. One representative from the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of People of Color.
    5. One student representative from the Residence Hall Association (RHA).
    6. One student representative from the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA).
    7. One student representative from Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
    8. One representative from the Faculty Senate.
    9. One representative from the University Association for Administrative Development (UAAD).
    10. One representative from the University of Nebraska Office Professionals Association (UNOPA).
    11. One representative designated by the Chancellor’s Office.
    12. One representative from Student Affairs.
    13. One representative from Academic Affairs.
    14. One representative from the Office of Global Engagement.
    15. UNL Chief of Police(Advisory).
    16. UNL Police Officer or Police Sergeant(Advisory).

Officer Duties

  1. The Chair shall:
    1. Preside over meetings of the UNLPD Advisory Board.
    2. Maintain contact with organizations to ensure a full UNL PD Advisory Board.
  2. The Vice President shall:
    1. Collect items from members of the UNLPD Advisory Board to be placed on the meeting agenda.
    2. Act on behalf of the President in the event of the President’s absence

Election

  1. Candidates for Chair and Vice Chairshall be nominated through motion(s)bymember(s)of the UNLPD Advisory Boardand a subsequent vote by theAdvisory Board.
  2. Nominations and election for officer positions shall be made at the monthly meeting of the UNLPD Advisory Board in April.Officer elections shall be decided by a majority vote of the UNLPD Advisory Board, excluding the candidates for the officer position in question.

Meetings

  1. Members are encouraged to submit agenda items in advance to allow others to prepare for the meeting.
    1. The last item of every agenda will consist of “other business” for items that do not make it onto the agenda.
  2. Agendas shouldbe shared with the full membership of the UNLPD Advisory Board prior to the next meeting.
  3. A quorum shall consist of a simple majority of the UNLPD Advisory Board members.
  4. Due to the nature of material being discussed, unless specifically invited to provide information on a specific item, only those serving as the organization representative on the board will be allowed to attend meetings.