Personal Safety on Campus

Personal Safety Around The Campus

  • Be alert and aware of people around you.
  • Try to avoid walking alone, particularly at night. Go with a friend, group, or call campus Public Safety for an escort.
  • Avoid shortcuts, dark, or secluded areas.
  • Always lock your car and take the keys with you. Remove your stereo face plate (if equipped) and any valuables and take them with you. Park in well lighted areas. If you must leave valuables in the vehicle, lock them out of sight.
  • Always lock your bicycle to a bicycle rack using a U-Lock and cable. Remove any easily removable parts (lights, quick release seats, etc.).
  • Know the locations of the emergency phones on campus.
  • Report any suspicious people or activity immediately to Campus Public Safety.

Inside The Residence Halls

  • Always lock your room door even if you are going down the hall or to the restroom. Never leave your room unlocked even for a friend.
  • Always carry your keys with you and never loan them to anyone.
  • Do not prop open exterior doors. The doors are locked for your safety and propping the doors open could allow intruders into the building.
  • Be aware who is coming in the door behind you to prevent unauthorized people from coming in.
  • Report suspicious persons or activity to a Resident Assistant, Resident Director or Campus Public Safety immediately.

Safety After Dark

Please be aware of dangers that may exist to the University members traveling across campus or in adjacent neighborhoods in periods of darkness.

Campus Public Safety offers the following tips to help ensure your safety both on and off-campus:

  • Plan your trip — Whenever you will be walking on campus at night, dress in clothes and shoes which will not hamper movement. Always be alert and aware of your surroundings. Plan your route for safety, using well lit routes as much as possible. Let a friend know where you’re headed or when you’ll be back. 
  • Safety in Numbers — Never walk or hang out alone. Always join with a partner or a group of people, especially after dark. 
  • Escorts — if you can’t find a partner, CPS can provide you with an escort to your destination. Simply call 503-352-2230 and an officer will come to your location and escort you safely to your bus stop, vehicle, residence hall or other campus location. 
  • Listen Up! — Wearing ear-phones or talking on your cell phone while walking across campus, may reduce your awareness of things or persons around you. Drop the cell phone, turn off the iPod and enjoy your walk while listening to what is around you. 
  • Make Some Noise — Always carry a whistle or other sound making device. If you sense danger or find yourself in trouble you can yell, scream and use your noise maker to signal for help. 
  • Look, See, Move — If you sense danger, quickly move away from the threat; cross the street if possible, increase your pace, join a group of people nearby if you can or find an area where you can secure yourself and call for help. 
  • Call Us — Emergency phones are located across campus and are marked with blue lights. These connect directly to on-duty CPS officers. Have the CPS number (503-352-2230) programmed in your cell phone, or if necessary call 911 to summon help.

Situations involving Armed Violence

Campus Public Safety, working with local law enforcement, strives to ensure a safe environment for all Pacific University students, faculty and staff.

Pacific has an excellent record of campus safety, but as reports of shooting situations in educational institutions occur accross the nation, CPS provides the following resources to prepare our campus community to respond to any such incident and promote a response of power vs. fear.