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Policy Statement

The Department of Aviation Management and Flight at Southern Illinois University recognizes that an effective Safety Management System (SMS) is vital to the success and longevity of the organization. Therefore, the Management of AVMAF is committed to the implementation and maintenance of a fully functional SMS and to the continuous improvement of the level of safety throughout the Department. This will enable its management, employees, students and guests to operate in a safe environment.

All employees and individuals in the department have the responsibility to perform their duties and activities in the safest practical manner. The Management of AVMAF will establish specific safety-related objectives and will periodically publish and distribute those objectives to all employees. To ensure that these are met, the safety objectives will be monitored, measured, and tracked.

The Management of AVMAF is committed to providing the necessary financial, personnel, and other resources to establish and maintain a fully functional SMS. Management has established a confidential employee reporting system to report all hazards, accidents, incidents, and safety issues without fear of reprisal. Activities involving intentional disregard for FAA regulations or organizational policies and procedures, illegal activities, and/or illicit drugs or alcohol use/abuse may be subject to disciplinary action.

As a component of the SMS, the management of AVMAF is committed to an established emergency response procedure and plan that provides for the safe transition from normal to emergency operations.

The Management of AVMAF will convey this expectation to all employees through postings, safety website updates, meetings, and any other means to ensure all employees are aware of the organization’s SMS, their duties and responsibilities, and our safety policy. This safety policy will be periodically reviewed to ensure it remains relevant and appropriate to the organization.


John Voges,
Chair Accountable Executive
Department of Aviation Management and Flight