The Public Safety Oversight Committee is established pursuant to a resolution by the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees on August 10, 2001 and Act 120, Public Acts of 1990.
The committee is a legislatively mandated committee of Northern Michigan University. The committee will receive and address grievances by persons against NMU Public Safety officers and/or the NMU Public Safety Department. The operation of the committee will be consistent with applicable labor contracts, Public Safety Department policies, Northern Michigan University policies and procedures, and state and Federal laws.
The committee will consist of individuals nominated and elected by the faculty, staff and students of Northern Michigan University, external to the Public Safety Department. The committee will include two students, two members of the faculty, and two members of the staff. The director of Public Safety will serve as the chair of the committee in an ex-officio, non-voting role.
Student representatives shall be appointed to the committee by the president of the Associated Students of Northern Michigan University, from students elected to office in student government. Student representatives shall serve one-year terms.
Faculty and staff representatives will serve three-year terms, except, initially, one faculty and one staff member will serve two-year terms. One additional faculty and staff member will be elected to the committee as alternates for three-year terms.
The dean of students (or representative) will serve as an ex-officio member of the committee.
The Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity will serve as an ex-officio member of the Committee.
The committee will work directly with the director of the Public Safety Department. The committee will operate under the procedures for the review and investigation of grievances and complaints, which have been reviewed by university counsel and approved by the NMU president. The committee may recommend disciplinary action against a Public Safety officer who is found responsible for misconduct in office.
The Public Safety Oversight Committee was established pursuant to an August 10, 2001 resolution of the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees and Act 120, Public Acts of 1990. The committee will receive and address grievances against the Northern Michigan University Public Safety Department or its officers and may recommend disciplinary measures against an officer who is found responsible for misconduct in office. The operation of the committee will be consistent with applicable labor contracts, Public Safety Department policies, NMU policies and state and federal laws.
The committee, after review and consideration of all formal written grievances, may recommend disciplinary measures be taken. Recommendations shall be submitted in writing to the Director of Public Safety and the university president.
The right to confidentiality, both of the complainant and of the accused, will be respected as long as it does not interfere with Northern Michigan University’s legal obligation or ability to investigate allegations of misconduct when brought to its attention, and to take corrective action when it is found that misconduct has occurred.