Join Conversation About Policing and Campus Notifications Feb. 27

  • February 24th, 2020

Questions about campus communication policy? Wondering how and when notifications about campus crime and other topics are sent out?

Join the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for an open and frank discussion about those questions and more at “Campus Conversation About Policing and Campus Notifications,” a town hall meeting taking place at John England Hall on Feb. 27 at 6 p.m.

Panelists include University of Alabama Police Chief John Hooks, Interim Tuscaloosa Police Chief Mitt Tubbs, Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Rob Abernathy, UA System Director of Security Steven Anderson and UA Associate Vice President of Strategic Communications Monica Watts. UA Law Professor Bryan Fair will serve as moderator.

“Last fall our division partnered with Student Life to host a series of town halls in response to student concerns,” said Dr. G. Christine Taylor, vice president and associate provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. “In our meeting students expressed a desire to meet with and interact with campus leaders around different issues.”

Taylor said as they reviewed both student written comments and the discussions, one of the issues which bubbled up was a concern about interactions with police as well as how campus notifications about crimes and events happening on campus were communicated.

“We are responding to those concerns by hosting a town hall meeting providing our students with an opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with campus leaders, local law enforcement and our strategic communications area,” she said. “We ask students to come, invite their friends and participate in this vital conversation.”

The meeting is free and open to the campus community. Light refreshments will be served.

The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.