Anonymous campus safety hot line launches


August 17, 2006

With a 61,000-plus student body across four campuses, safety is a high priority. That's why ASU launched (877) SUN-DEVL, the university's first campus safety and compliance hot line, on Aug. 14.

While hot line users can identify themselves upon placing a call, the hot line – which translates to the digits (877) 786-3385 – affords ASU students, staff and faculty the ability to report safety or compliance issues anonymously. Download Full Image

“The hot line will not replace any existing reporting mechanism for the university, but rather allow anonymous reporting,” says Paul Ward, vice president for university administration and general counsel.

After ASU professor Myles Lynk and his committee released a report addressing safety issues on the university's campuses, officials took steps to address the report's recommendations, including establishment of a hot line. ASU secured a hot line vendor and established a committee of nearly 30 different ASU departments to implement hot line, including the Internal Audit department, which administers the hot line.

“The hot line provides a framework to maintain campus safety, and to promote ethics and integrity in the daily business of ASU,” Ward says. “The need for – and value of – compliance cannot be overstated.”

Ward cautions that the hot line is not intended to be used in emergencies, nor in situations involving imminent danger. In those cases, individuals should call 911 or contact ASU Police at (480) 965-3456.

The hot line may be used to report a variety of university concerns on- and off-campus, including:

• Weapons possession.

• Threatening behavior.

• Hazing.

• Fraud.

• Substance abuse.

• Research misconduct.

• Conflicts of interest or workplace issues.

• Misuse or destruction of ASU property.

• Violations of applicable laws, regulations or policies.

When calling the hot line to report a safety or compliance concern, a person will ask the caller a series of questions, which usually takes about 15-20 minutes, and will file a report with Internal Audit. The department reviews the report and forwards it to the ASU department that can address the concern or resolve the situation.

“It is important to keep students safe, but we need their helping in doing so,” says Deborah Sullivan, director of student life. “The hot line will provide another mechanism for students to report issues that affect the campus community.”

To accommodate international students, the hot line can be translated into various languages other than English, including Spanish.

Ward encourages students, faculty and staff who are uncomfortable using the university's existing reporting channels to consider using the hot line to communicate a safety or compliance concern.

Photography, acrylic artworks open Gammage art season


August 18, 2006

Two “drop-outs” from the white-collar world will exhibit their artwork at ASU Gammage Aug. 21-Oct. 1.

Rhet Lee Andrews, who was a stockbroker for 20 years, will show photography, and James Angel, who notes that he had a “brief stint” as a white-collar worker, will exhibit acrylic on canvas and board. Download Full Image

Andrews, of Phoenix, began taking photographs in high school for the Alliance (Ohio) High School Chronicle. He notes that most of his early works have been lost, since his “mother threw them out.”

After graduating from Ohio's Miami University, Andrews spent three months photographing in Europe. He has been working out of the Phoenix Center Darkroom since 1999, and won the “Best in Show” award during the Phoenix First Friday Art Show in November 2004.

Angel, a Scottsdale resident, was born in the Midwest and raised in Phoenix. After graduating from college and enjoying a brief business career, he turned full time to art.

“Through the development and implementation of Angel Studios' vibrant commissioned-art business, I have been a full-time artist for nearly two decades,” he says.

Angel's paintings are inspired by imagery from various areas of urban transformation, and he says they “celebrate the urban decay that has fostered the bohemian art scene in metropolitan Phoenix.”

Gallery hours at Gammage are 1-4 p.m. Mondays, and by appointment. Because of rehearsals, event setups, performances, special events and holidays, it is advisable to call (480) 965-6912 to ensure viewing hours, since they are subject to cancellation without notice.

Parking is available at meters around the perimeter of Gammage, and entrance into the building is through the east lobby doors, at the box office.

For more information, contact Lesley Davis, (480) 965-6912.