Following the recommendations of four reports on last year’s pepper-spraying incident, UC Davis has compiled a long list of campus reforms.
Among the steps taken, in progress or planned are:
* Inviting 18 people, including California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and state legislators Lois Wolk and Mariko Yamada, to evaluate the campus’ progress. Chancellor Linda Katehi has requested that the task force complete a draft of its report in March 2013.
* Creating a Campus Community Council to promote open discussion on a variety of issues.
* Forming an emergency management team, with campus leaders taking federal emergency management and state Commission on Peace Officer Training and Standards training for university administrators.
* Hiring a consultant to help the campus establish a system of police oversight, either through a police commission or auditor.
* Putting protocols in place requiring a designated senior leader be present at any event where police involvement is being contemplated.
* Forming a provost-led group that meets weekly to discuss campus-level policies and emergency management.
* Recruiting a campus ombudsman to resolve conflicts for faculty and staff.
* Reviewing the campus’ Student Judicial Affairs processes “to determine if and how they can effectively be used as an appropriate and effective alternative to police intervention.”
* Moving oversight of the Police Department from Administrative Resource Management to the Office of the Provost.
* Updating the emergency operations plan to clarify leadership roles and coordination between administrators and field operations.
* Updating police policies to meet federal and state laws and best practices.
* Writing the department’s first crowd management policy, following POST guidelines, and updating all policies to clarify active vs. passive resistance.
* Developing with students an information card explaining to protesters what to expect that can be handed out before any interaction with police.
* Requiring all police operations plans to be reviewed by a campus executive.
* Purchasing new software meant to improve handling of citizen complaints.
* Training for officers and supervisors covering a number of subjects, among them incident command training, bike training and training in a method called compliance, direction and takedown billed as using “minimum justifiable force.”
* Holding a meeting between police management and representatives from the Museum of Tolerance to discuss campus issues.
* Completing POST audits of officer training and background files.
* Funding a student facility security program, including the creation of 20 new student positions.
* Making plans to expand the department’s Volunteers in Police Service program for students interested in a career in law enforcement.
* Adding faculty and students to department hiring and promotion panels.
* Expanding officer orientation so that new hires meet more people on campus.
* Encouraging more events based around the Principles of Community, including training for new students and UCD employees.
* Developing new materials on freedom of speech and expression and explaining how to report hate and bias incidents on campus.
For a full report on UCD’s progress on recommended reforms, see http://demonstrationreviews.ucdavis.edu/combined-report-recommendations/index.html.