A Campus Safety & Parking Committee functions to assess safety and parking issues on the campus and make recommendations for improvement. The committee is chaired by the dean of student services and includes members of the faculty, staff and student body. Meetings are held monthly or as needed.
The Campus Safety & Parking Committee consults with professional authorities, as necessary to ensure appropriate attention to safety issues at the University. Consultants in the past have included Mr. Gordon Andrews and Mr. Kent Edge, Directors of Emergency Management Services for the City of West Plains, Missouri; Mr. Chuck Brotherton, West Plains Chief of Police (and other members of the West Plains Police Department); Mr. Tim Bean, West Plains Fire Chief (and other members of the West Plains Fire Department); Mr. Steve Runnels of the National Weather Service; and Mr. Eric Evans with the Department of Special Emergency Management/Fire and Rescue Training Institute at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Safety-related programming has included persons who have experienced emergency situations on other campuses, behavioral health care professionals, and law enforcement representatives from the West Plains Police Department, Howell County Sheriff's Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.