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DATE: Nov. 21, 2005

U-M Regents to hold hearings on Dearborn campus regarding certification of safety officers

DEARBORN---University of Michigan Regents will conduct public hearings at the Dearborn campus in December to consider whether to certify some of the campus's public safety officers, allowing them to take on greater law enforcement powers and responsibilities.

The hearings will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5 in Room 1030 of UM-Dearborn's College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building; and from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 in Room 1400 in the campus's Social Sciences Building.
UM-Dearborn is one of only two public universities in the state that does not have certified law enforcement officers.

"Over the past several years, we have had many discussions among faculty, students and staff around the issue of enhancing the safety of the campus community through seeking certification for some safety officers," according to UM-Dearborn Chancellor Daniel Little.

"After long consideration and deliberation, we decided to recommend to the U-M Regents that this campus join the overwhelming majority of other public universities in Michigan and adopt a certification program for some of our campus safety officers," Little said.

The public hearings scheduled at the Dearborn campus are required by the state law governing the certification of safety officers at public universities.

Members of the public who wish to address comments to the Regents at the hearing must register in advance by e-mail to public.comments@umich.edu or by phone to (734) 763-5553. Requests to speak will not be accepted at the event. The deadline for signing up to speak at the first hearing is noon Friday, Dec. 2, and for the second hearing, noon Wednesday, Dec. 7.

When registering by e-mail, those planning to speak should include their name, affiliation (faculty, student, staff, or name of organization), phone number, email address, and which hearing they are planning to attend. Comments will be limited to 5 minutes each.

The Regents also will accept comments in writing sent by fax to (734) 763-8011 or mailed to Room 2014, Fleming Administration Building, Ann Arbor MI 48109-1340.

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