Campus Environment

Campus Public Safety Department

Frequently Asked Questions

Campus Public Safety Related Services
 *  Crime Prevention/Education
 *  Prevent and Report Crime

 *  Timely Warning Alerts
 *  To Report A Crime
 *  Solicitors
 *  Peeping Toms
 *  Obscene and Annoying Phone Calls

 *  Missing Student
 *  Sexual Harrasment
 *  Walking

Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking
  * Dating Violence

 * Domestic violence

 * Stalking

 * Sexual assault

 * Sexual harassment

 * Consent

 * Prevention Education

 * Campus Public Safety Crime Prevention Programs

 * Evaluate and Communicate Your Intentions

 *  If You Are Sexually Assaulted
 *  Rape Evidence Collection Examination
 *  General Medical Attention
 *  For Immediate Counseling
 * Additional Reporting Information and Options

*  Explore Reporting Options
 *  Sanctions Process

 *  Institutional Disciplinary Process
* Sex Offender Statement

Alcohol and Drug Laws/Regulations

Disaster Preparedness

Property Theft Prevention

Bicycle Safety and Security

Skates, Blades and Boards

Annual Fire Safety Report

Fire Log

Fire Drills

Residential Policy on Smoking, Electrical Appliances, Open Flame

Fire Inspections and Fire Code Violations


Fire Life Safety Equipment

Fire Life Safety Descriptions for University Housing

Reported Fires for University Housing

Crime Statistics


Western Oregon University Campus Environment

 Western is the oldest Public liberal arts university. It consists of 160 acres and 40 buildings where faculty, staff and students live, study, learn, and recreate.  More than 6,500 students attend WOU from nearly every county in Oregon, many U.S. states and foreign nations.  Located in Monmouth, Oregon, with a population of more than 9,000, it is just 20 minutes from Salem, our state capital.  The university is within an hour of Oregon's two largest cities, Portland and Eugene, and between the state's three largest universities.  It is a unique area with a small town atmosphere, but within minutes of the fast pace of Oregon's major cities and population centers.

Western Oregon University is an "open" campus with no physical barriers between the university and the outside world.  It is very easy to assume we are totally crime free. This booklet is intended to help us preserve a low rate of crime and maintain a safe environment for all of us.  To do this, we need your help!

Campus safety at Western Oregon University is a combined effort among the administration, faculty, staff and students.  It is our desire to create and promote an open environment that encourages learning and freedom among all who come to the university.

WOU considers your safety a very important part of an educational experience.  It is also important to preserve a balance with an open environment where faculty, staff and students feel a sense of safety to academically explore the issues of the day.  With this goal in mind,  Western Oregon is committed to providing a competent and professional university public safety program that is administered using updated procedures, trained and professional staff,  and sufficient staffing levels to preserve a reasonably secure campus for all members of our university community.

It is important for all of us to know and be aware that no university campus or community is totally "risk free" of crime.  Western Oregon University's president and administration strongly believe everyone has an important role in providing a safe learning environment.  To accomplish this goal, everyone is responsible to use common sense precautions and practice crime prevention to reduce our vulnerability and the opportunity for criminal activity around us!  Crime happens in our society, in Monmouth and at Western Oregon.    To reduce the possibility that any faculty, staff or students may be exposed to hazards, WOU has taken steps and initiatives that are described in this booklet to help reduce the risks that may be present.

Safety at Western Oregon University is under the direction and oversight of the Vice President for Finance and Administration and Director of Public Safety.  The program is designed proactively, responding with visibility, education, prevention and immediate response to incidents on the university.

The Western Oregon University Department of Campus Public Safety and the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs work in conjunction each year to prepare the Campus Security Report in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. This report is prepared in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies, University Residential Services, and Campus Judicial Affairs office. This report contains specific crime statistics and security policies, information on crime prevention, and contact numbers.

In accordance with the 2008 changes to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, institutions that maintain on campus housing, shall, on an annual basis, publish a fire safety report.  This report requires an institution to report to the public, the statistics it reports to the Department of Education in its annual fire safety report, in the same manner as the current regulations require of the annual security act.  In compliance with the regulations the fire safety report is being combined into the annual Clery Report information that Western Oregon University publishes on an annual basis and the report will become the Clery Compliance and Fire Safety Reporting Campus Community Safety Guide. 

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Campus Public Safety Department

Business Telephone:  503-838-8481
Emergency Telephone: 503-838-9000
FAX 503-838-8100

Officer Cell Phone: 503-932-3419 (primary) or 503-932-3420 (secondary)

The Campus Public Safety Department at Western Oregon University serves all students, staff, faculty and guests to our campus community. The department has a director, assistant director, officers and office support. Student staff members assist with building lockups, escorts and related responsibilities.


The primary responsibility of our public safety department is to protect our university community by providing  general assistance to visitors, employees and others doing business or associated with the university and safeguard the vehicles, buildings and property on campus.

Campus Public Safety and Monmouth Police Department
WOU and the City of Monmouth Police Department  have a long history of  coordination and cooperation  responding to crime on university property and the surrounding areas.

The Campus Public Safety Department is generally considered the First Responder to campus incidents.  All uniformed officers at Western Oregon are State of Oregon employees.  Under O.R.S. 164.205 and pursuant to O.A.R. Chapter 574, Division 80 WOU, all officers are designated as "lawful persons in charge" with authorization to direct unwanted persons off campus  and initiate subsequent law enforcement intervention for crime and university violations. 

The jurisdiction of Western Oregon's officers is limited to the land, structures, streets, roadways, parking facilities and all other property and facilities under the control of the Oregon University System which have been designated for the use of Western Oregon University. 

They are trained in first aid, AED, and CPR procedures.  Officers conduct foot, bicycle, and vehicular patrols of the university facilities 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The officers of Western Oregon University Campus Public Safety Department are designated by O.R.S. 352.385 as Special Campus Public Safety Officers with Peace Officer powers of probable cause arrest, stop and frisk, and investigations. In compliance with ORS 352.385 Campus Public Safety Officers are not authorized to carry firearms in the course of their duties.

Monmouth Police

The Monmouth Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency in Monmouth.  They have jurisdiction and will respond, upon our request, to all crimes against the State of Oregon Revised Statutes and Oregon Administrative Rules violations.  They have sworn officers who patrol the city 24 hours per day and seven days a week.

 All major crime incidents on campus will generally be handled by or include the Monmouth Police Department in cooperation with Campus Public Safety.  As a general operating procedure, Monmouth Police will conduct all investigations or arrests as the responsible law enforcement jurisdiction. This response to calls for criminal investigation currently is handled by mutual agreement.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Campus Safety

1. Can I be Arrested by a Campus Public Safety Officer?
YES! The Public Safety officers are sworn officers with the legal power of arrest, stop and detain authority prescribed by Oregon Revised Statutes. Because of shared jurisdiction, in most cases this will be in concert with the Monmouth Police Department.

2. What happens if I fail to comply or follow the direction of a uniformed Campus Public Safety Officer?
If you have committed a crime, you may be arrested and cited into the local Polk County court system (criminal). If you fail to comply with the officers’ direction, it may result in student conduct violations and turned over to the Vice President for Student Affairs for disciplinary action, up to and including removal from school (administrative).  Both criminal and administrative sanctions may be assessed for the same violation. 

3. Is Western a safe university?
YES… However, like all communities, you will be vulnerable if you fail to take safety precautions when moving about the campus community. Always walk in pairs after dark. Travel the safety sidewalk corridor and follow the paw prints on the sidewalks. Lock valuables up; always lock your car and room. If you are returning late at night, call the public safety office for a “free” escort from your vehicle to your room.  Remember that the campus is open to the community at large. 

4. What are the most common crimes on campus?
The number one crime on campus is THEFT! Over 70% of all incidents reported are theft and nearly ALL were preventable. Lock up your personal items. Do not prop your door open. Lock valuables in the car in your trunk. Do not leave books, backpacks or other loose items on chairs or unattended in the buildings, library or classroom. (They will get taken.) Every year students report items of theft from their unlocked rooms, laundry rooms, library, lockers without locks, dining areas, etc. ALL WERE PREVENTABLE. Do not take safety for granted… lock it up.

5. What if I get caught with alcohol on campus or in my room?
Without specific authorization, alcohol is prohibited on the university campus. Violations will result in immediate intervention including arrest, conduct code violations or both. Each year there are students who violate this policy and are cited into court for minor in possession and/or receive sanctions from the University Conduct Committee up to and including removal from school.

6. What incidents most often result in removal from the University?
Sexual assault, assaults (fighting) and drugs. There is zero tolerance for any of these incidents in our living community. They will be investigated immediately and swift intervention including legal action is likely to occur. Additionally, removal from school, civil action and arrest are possible. You do not have to tolerate any of these illegal activities and we ask that you report them immediately.

7. What should I do if I know a crime or university student conduct code is being violated?
Report it immediately to the Public Safety Office, your R.A., Advisor, a friend who can report it for you, Student Affairs, University Counseling office, University Health Center, etc. We want to help you! Report the information so we can.

8. Do Campus Public Safety Officers have the right to confiscate my property?
YES. The property may be confiscated if it is in violation of university policy. Usually items considered weapons (anything not approved by the Student Code of Conduct) are the most likely to be removed for safety of the campus community. Property, which is considered part of a crime, may be confiscated and turned over to the Monmouth Police Department until such time as the incident is resolved.

9. If I'm involved in an accident, will the school contact my parents?
The only time the university will contact the parents is in times of extreme emergencies where the person is unable to, or if we are asked to do so by the student. We are not at liberty to disclose student information to those not associated directly with the incident. Parents are not considered a part of this process and will not be contacted unless the student requests us to.  The exception to this is if the student is under 18 years of age and not emancipated. 

Campus Public Safety Related Services

Campus Public Safety services

The office is staffed 24 hours a day; 7 days a week.  The Public Safety officers are on duty 24 hours a day to respond to campus incidents, building alarms, crimes, injuries or illnesses, traffic and parking accidents, safety hazards, calls for assistance, coordination with local law enforcement, crowd control, building inspections, parking enforcement and related activity.  If you have an emergency situation or need assistance, it is very appropriate to contact our office at 838-8481 (non-emergency) or 838-9000 (actual emergency) or the on-duty officer 503-932-3419 (cell phone).

 The department provides other services including:

Parking - Information, guest passes, parking lot assistance, gas can loan, "jump starts" for dead batteries and assistance to unlock your car are available by calling the office at 838-8481.

Special Events - Campus Public Safety staff assist at dances, sporting events, guest speakers, university functions.  The department can help provide crowd control, barricade set up, traffic control, vehicle assistance and related officer assistance associated with the function.

Door Unlocks - University community members without a key who need to access a building (building manager approval) may request assistance after proper clearance or verification. The officer may request to see a University photo ID card for verification purposes.

Evening Escorts -Officers are generally available to assist and escort individuals who are on campus to their vehicles, buildings or other university locations after normal business hours. This is on an availability basis of the officers at the time of the request.   For off campus transportation see "Wolf Ride" on the Student Affairs website.

Vehicle Use Validation - The agency verifies driving records through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for approval to drive on university business.

Lost and Found - Campus Public Safety is the central lost and found station and receives periodic "turn in" of lost and found property.  Check with us if you have lost an item on campus.

Crime Prevention/ Safety Information - The department is available to access potential security or building problems or concerns as they impact you on campus.  Information, brochures, and assistance with procedures or developing your ideas are available upon request.

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Crime Prevention/ Education

The Campus Public Safety department supports crime prevention through a number of activities.  Uniformed officers and the department director and assistant director provide various educational talks, workshops and information exchanges throughout the academic year.

The department continues to develop programs and provide the following prevention services:

Wolf Watch - Daily incident and crime reports to the campus community, crime data and information to the media and Western Oregon Journal (student newsmagazine); posters and brochure materials in high-traffic areas; and workshops you can request on theft prevention, sexual assault, alcohol/drugs, personal safety, fire/life safety; and self defense.

Resident Assistant Program - Campus Community Policing and residence hall leadership training. Conducting rounds of the residence halls with the RA's.
Alcohol Awareness Week.
University Wide Presentations - (Booth/information exchange) - Preview Day, New Student Week, new student check-in, registration, summer orientation and pre-registration.

The Campus Public Safety Department publishes information, data and pamphlets that are available to all students, faculty and staff members.  The department holds sessions on various topics upon request.  Information is provided through workshops, films, bulletins, crime alerts, posters, brochures and notices in the university student newsmagazine.

When crimes do occur on campus  we want the university community to be aware so they can take precautions and avoid being a victim.  If you have information or questions, call us at 838-8481.

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Prevent and Report Crime

 The key to a safe university begins with self-education, taking precautions and becoming aware of prevention methods.  At Western Oregon University, the Campus Public Safety department, staff, faculty and students continue to work together and take responsibility for their own safety and are ready to assist others in time of need.  This strategy is effective and works!  Most incidents on campus can be avoided if we recognize we're "potential victims" and take basic precautions such as walking in pairs when out at night or during high-risk periods, locking offices and car doors, and not leaving personal valuables unattended.  The Campus Public Safety Office is always available to meet with individuals, groups, clubs, etc., to discuss safety, crime prevention methods and related issues.


 Western encourages the prompt reporting of all crimes that you witness or have information about, even minor crimes, incidents, and/or suspicious activity.  It is your observation and willingness to help that makes a difference.  Campus Public Safety views a "false alarm" much more valuable than missing a real crime because someone didn't think it was important to report.  WE NEED YOUR HELP.  If we don't know or aren't informed about crime, we can't inform the university community and shift our resources and/or patrols to high-risk areas. Please report all crimes!

All reports will be investigated by the appropriate authorities. Reports made to licensed counselors and campus clergy are exempt from reporting requirements, however, if and when they deem it appropriate, they may file voluntary, confidential reports with the Campus Public Safety Department.

Timely Warning Alerts

In the event a situation arises either on or off campus, that, upon confirmation of a significant emergency, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat to the campus community, a *timely warning* alert will be sent out campus wide. The alert may be disseminated by WOU Alert, electronic medium (e-mail system), posters on bulletin boards, or inclusion in the campus news media - whichever is appropriate for the information.

To Report a Crime:

 To report a crime or an emergency, members of the campus  community should call Campus Public Safety at 8-9000 (503-838-9000) on campus or 9-911 to reach the Monmouth Police Department.  One or more of our agencies will respond immediately.

  Phones - in the event you do not have immediate access to an office phone, several phones are located around campus in or near the residence halls and in many of the student rooms.
 Emergency Phones - these phones are located near the Administration Building (parking Lot A), the Health and Wellness Building, Maple Hall, Winters building, the Stadium, between Landers  and Valsetz Dining Hall, there are three in parking Lot J, and the new Parking Lot S.


Reporting Suspicious Activities

 Call 8-9000 if you are using a campus  phone and you think a crime is in progress.
 Report the following activities:
 A scream or call for help.
 The sound of a whistle or loud horn.
 A strange car repeatedly driving down the street.
 Someone you don't know or recognize entering your neighbor's room, home, or entering an office or lab with no apparent business.
Someone loitering in a parking area or at a bike rack near your home, residence hall or work.

 Remember, Campus Public Safety officers cannot be everywhere at once and they depend on individuals in the community to assist in crime prevention by reporting suspicious activities.

How to Describe a Suspect and Automobile

 Try to note the following characteristics of suspicious persons and automobiles and report these to Public Safety:
 Person:  *sex * race * age * height * weight * teeth * hair * eye color * hat * glasses * complexion * shirt *mustache/ beard * sideburns * speech style * gait or limp * tattoos * scars * amputations * neck-laces * earrings * bracelets.
 Automobile: *make * body style (2 door, convertible, etc.) *color * year * license * plate number * identifying marks or scratches.

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 Report solicitors in the residence halls or buildings to Campus Public Safety.  Although student groups are permitted to go door-to-door in the residence halls, solicitation is not allowed by persons not associated with Western Oregon University.  If a solicitor or any suspicious looking person approaches you in the halls, jot down a description and call 8-8481 as soon as possible. Do not confront the person.

Peeping Toms

 It is usually best not to yell or try to detain an offender.  He or she may panic and react in an unpredictable manner.
 If an offender runs away, note the direction in which he/she traveled.  If there is a place from which you can observe safely, watch to see if he/she gets into a car, goes to another hall, etc.  Try to get a good description of the person and report the incident by calling 8-9000 immediately.

Obscene and Annoying Phone Calls

 Hang up as soon as you realize the nature of the call.  Do not try to find out who the caller is, even if you think it is a friend playing a joke.
 Use your answering machine/voice mail to screen calls.  You can also record an obscene phone call with the memo feature on some answering machines. Save the message if it is on your cell phone.
  If the calls occur frequently, keep a log of exactly when the calls were received and what was said by both parties.  Describe the type of voice and note any background noises.
 Consider changing your phone number, depersonalize your answering machine message/voice mail or avoid being listed in the phone book.  If the calls continue, contact Campus Public Safety at 838-8481.

Residence Hall Safety

Campus Public Safety officers routinely patrol the residence halls with the R.A.'s and respond to requests and assist students as needed.  Officers are generally within a couple minutes response time.  Public areas of the halls are accessible to hall residents and their visitors. Ackerman 1st floor is open 8am-10pm; all rooms and wings are locked 24 hours/day. Heritage and Landers halls are locked 24 hours a day, and Barnum, Butler and Gentle lock at 12 a.m., Sunday through Thursday and at 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. After these times, doors are locked and only persons with keys to the halls can enter.  Campus Public Safety officers DO patrol the area.  However, hall residents must be certain doors are locked and they should watch for unusual persons or circumstances.

 The halls have student Resident Assistants on duty in the evening.  They also make routine rounds and hall checks and have someone on call at all times (access is limited only to the extent residents abide by the procedures).  Visitors and guests are to be escorted and checked in the Residential Service Center pursuant to residence hall rules.  Students should call Campus Public Safety at 8-9000 whenever they observe unusual circumstances or need safety assistance.

Missing Student

Recent changes to the Higher Education Opportunity Act (2008) provide that any student residing in on-campus housing who is believed to be missing, regardless of age, should be reported as a missing person and an investigation into their disappearance will be made.

If a member of the university community has reason to believe that a student has been missing for 24 hours or more, they should report their beliefs to the Campus Public Safety Department, the Dean of Students Office, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, or the local law enforcement agency where the student resides. All possible efforts will be made to locate the student to determine his or her state of health and well-being through the collaboration of the Campus Public Safety Department, the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of University Housing, and the Monmouth Police Department. If the student is an on-campus resident, the Campus Public Safety Department will secure authorization from University Housing officials to make a welfare entry into the student’s room. If an off-campus student resident, Campus Public Safety will informally enlist the aid of the police agency having jurisdiction. Concurrently, University officials will endeavor to determine the student’s whereabouts through contact with friends, associates, and/or employers of the student. Personnel will make every effort to determine whether or not the student has been attending classes, labs, recitals, scheduled organizational or academic meetings, or appearing for scheduled work shifts.

If located, verification of the student’s state of health and intention of returning to the campus is made. When and where appropriate a referral will be made to the university Student Health and Counseling Center.

Notification of the listed emergency contact person (see below) and if none listed, the family, will be made within 24 hours if it is determined that the student is indeed missing by the Campus Public Safety Department or the local law enforcement agency. If the student is an off-campus resident, appropriate family members or associates are encouraged to make an official missing person report to the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction. The Campus Public Safety Department will cooperate, aid, and assist the primary investigative agency in all ways prescribed by law. If the student is an on-campus resident, the Campus Public Safety Department will open an official investigation and notify the Monmouth Police Department.

Suzanne’s Law requiring local police to notify the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) when someone between 18 and 21 is reported missing was signed into law in the Spring of 2003 as part of the national “Amber Alert” bill. The federal law is named after Suzanne Lyall, a State University of New York at Albany student who has been missing since 1998. Upon closure of the missing person investigation, all parties previously contacted will be advised of the status of the case.

Emergency Contact selection:

Each student residing in an on campus residential facility has the option to select an emergency contact person for notification in the event the student should become missing. The University will notify the selected contact within 24 hours if the student is determined to actually be a missing person by Campus Public Safety or the local law enforcement agency.

At this time the emergency contact will be noted on the emergency contact form that is maintained by the University Housing office and accessible only to the residential staff, Campus Public Safety or the law enforcement agency investigating the missing person report. In the event the missing student is under 18 years of age and not emancipated at the time the student is reported missing, the University must notify a custodial parent or guardian. The University will also notify the local law enforcement agency of jurisdiction (on-campus is Monmouth Police) if it is determined that the student meets the missing person criteria and is under 18 years of age.

Standards of Conduct and Policies Governing Student Conduct

 Disciplinary sanctions as serious as suspension or expulsion from the university or eviction from campus  housing may be imposed against any student found guilty of committing, attempting to commit or intentionally assisting in the commission of any of the offenses listed in WOU's Code of Student Responsibility, Residence Hall Handbook, and Auxiliary Contract. Residents should read and understand these agreements.  For questions contact the office of the Dean of Students or the Vice President for Student Affairs. 

Academic Building Security
 Most academic and administrative facilities are open to all members of the university community and public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, but they are closed on weekends.  Some buildings can be open for longer periods to accommodate evening classes, research or other special program needs.  Each academic and administrative department is responsible for unlocking its respective area.  Campus Public Safety locks down the campus beginning at 5:00 p.m. except where evening classes or business are conducted.  All buildings are locked after the evening activity is completed.

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Building Access

 Unauthorized entry to or use of the university facilities, including buildings and grounds is prohibited.  Each building on campus property has a designated building manager.  Use of any building and/or access for special use during non-business hours requires the building manager's approval.  In the event you are working alone or are going to be in your building after normal work hours, please contact the Campus Public Safety office to notify us of your time and location of entry.  Report immediately all strangers or suspicious activity in any building to Campus Public Safety at 503-838-8481 (8-8481 from on campus phones).   After hours access will require photo ID to be shows prior to access.


 Members of the university community are issued keys to help access their place of business on campus.  If an issued key is lost, misplaced or stolen, you are required to report it to Public Safety immediately.  This is for everyone's safety!  University keys may not be duplicated, transferred or loaned to others and should be regarded as the highest level of university-wide security.  Report all key issues immediately.


 The university maintains a strong commitment to the campus exterior safety and security.  Maintenance of lighting, shrubbery, trees and other vegetation is important to all security efforts.  Parking lots, pedestrian walkways, high traffic areas and building exterior lighting and grounds are checked nightly during routine foot patrols.  Doors are locked and secured each evening and shrubs, trees, and vegetation are trimmed regularly and surveyed annually by the Physical Plant.  Members of the university community are encouraged to immediately report all hazards, exterior lighting deficiencies or grounds problems to the Physical Plant at 503-838-8239.

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Personal Safety

 Everyday Living:
 Keep emergency phone numbers programmed in your phone.
 Lock all doors and windows every time you leave your room, even if it is just to go to the bathroom.
 Keep house and car keys on separate rings.
 Do not lend your keys to people you do not know well.
 Always ask service people to identify themselves before allowing them to enter your home or residence hall room.
 Get to know your neighbors so you can help each other.
 Do not keep large sums of money, jewelry or valuable items in plain view in your home or room.
 Set radios, lights and televisions on timers when out of town.
 Leave spare keys with trusted neighbors, not under a doormat or in a flower planter if off campus.

 Elevators:  try to avoid entering elevators occupied by strangers.  If you are waiting for an elevator with a stranger, stand away from the door to avoid being pushed inside.  Get off on the next floor if you feel uneasy.  Hit the alarm button if you are accosted on the elevator.

 Locks:  Please report any broken or malfunctioning locks to the facilities supervisor at the Physical Plant. For residence halls contact your RA or the Residential Service Center.

Firearms, Munitions, Explosives on University

 Possession, use or threatened use of firearms, fireworks, ammunition, explosives, chemicals and chemical dispensing devices, or any other objects as weapons on university property or at university-sponsored or supervised activities, except as expressly authorized by law or university regulation, are prohibited.  Professional law enforcement officers are the only persons permitted to possess firearms while on campus.  Concealed weapons are prohibited even with a concealed carry permit under current OUS Student Code of Conduct and campus policies for students, staff and faculty.  WOU policy prohibits the possession or use of air soft guns, BB guns, crossbows, bows and arrows, or any other item that fires or produces a projectile.



 Avoid dark, vacant or deserted areas; use well-lit and traveled areas.
 Avoid walking or jogging alone, especially at night.  Ask a friend to jog with you. 
Call Campus Public Safety at 503-838-8481 for evening escorts on campus.

 Dress in clothes and shoes which will not hamper movement.
 Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.
 Report suspicious activity or noises to 838-9000 immediately.
 Carry a noise-making device with you at all times, and use it if you suspect you are in danger, then move to a lighted area or building and raise a commotion.  Call 838-9000, 911, or activate an alarm box in the event of an emergency.

Western Oregon University recommends that you use the established sidewalk safety corridor. While traveling around campus after dark pay attention to the painted paw prints and signs that guide you through the most well lit and traveled pathways on campus.

It is recommended that you continue to walk in pairs, pay attention to your surroundings or use the Public Safety escort program.

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the Sidewalk Safety Corridor map.

 If You Sense You Are In Trouble
 Move away from the potential threat if possible.
 Join any group of people nearby; cross the street and increase your pace.
 If a threatening situation is imminent, and people are close by to help, yell, scream or make a commotion in any way you can to get their attention.  Remember, dialing 838-9000 and/or activating an alarm box are part of the personal safety system.
 If you are facing an armed criminal, you may minimize the risk of injury if you comply with his/her demands; however, if your life is in immediate danger, use any defense you can to get away.
 Dial 911 first, then 503-838-9000 immediately and give a description of the suspect.

 When Driving...

 Have your key ready when you approach your car.  Check inside and under your car to make sure no one is hiding.
 Drive on well-traveled streets and keep your car in gear while stopped.
 Keep doors locked and windows shut and keep valuables out of sight, either covered or in the trunk.
 Open the hood and stay inside if your car breaks down.  If someone stops to help, do not open your window or door but have them call for assistance.
 Ask someone for specific directions before you leave if you do not know the location of your destination.
 Do not pull over until you find a well-lit public area where you can stop and ask directions if you get lost.
 Drive to a well-lit public area and call the police if you suspect you are being followed.

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Dating Violence

The term ‘‘dating violence’’ means violence committed by a person—

(A) who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and

(B) where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:

(i) The length of the relationship.

(ii) The type of relationship.

(iii) The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.

Domestic violence

The term ‘‘domestic violence’’ includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.


The term ‘‘stalking’’ means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to— (A) fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or (B) suffer substantial emotional distress. The Oregon Revised Statutes defines Stalking as:

163.732 Stalking. (1) A person commits the crime of stalking if:

        (a) The person knowingly alarms or coerces another person or a member of that person’s immediate family or household by engaging in repeated and unwanted contact with the other person;

        (b) It is objectively reasonable for a person in the victim’s situation to have been alarmed or coerced by the contact; and

        (c) The repeated and unwanted contact causes the victim reasonable apprehension regarding the personal safety of the victim or a member of the victim’s immediate family or household.     

Sexual Assault

 Sexual assault is any non-consensual sexual contact.  It includes any intentional sexual touching, however slight, that is without consent and/or by force. Anyone can be the target of sexual assault, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, sexual history or social class. Acquaintances (people who know each other in some way) are involved in 85 percent of campus sexual assaults in the United States. Sexual assault is also a form of sexual harassment.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is unwelcomed conduct of a sexual nature. Western Oregon University is committed to providing a respectful environment for all its members.  Sexual harassment of students, faculty or staff by other members of the university community is prohibited and will not be tolerated.
  Sexual harassment is a violation of Federal Law (Titles VII and IX) and the Oregon Administrative Rule 580-015-0015 prohibiting any form of discrimination and Oregon Administrative Rule 574-10-080(2)(4) which defines discrimination and sexual harassment as an act of discrimination  Unwanted sexual activity by persons abusing positions of economic, supervisory or academic power is undesirable and oppressive.  Sexual harassment is also sex discrimination which is against the law and administrative rules.

 If you believe you are being or have been sexually harassed, please contact the Human Resources Director. The HR Director is also the Affirmative Action officer/Title IX Coordinator (503-838-8131) for WOU and will deal with all harassment matters directly and confidentially.
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One of the most important areas for someone to be aware of is the area of consent. It is the responsibility of the parties to both give and receive consent in a clear, concise and mutually understood manner. Consent once given can be revoked at any time. Just because consent was given in the past each new contact should clearly establish consent between everyone involved. The Oregon Revised Statutes defines the inability to consent as:      

163.315 Incapacity to consent; effect of lack of resistance. (1) A person is considered incapable of consenting to a sexual act if the person is:

        (a) Under 18 years of age;

        (b) Mentally defective;

        (c) Mentally incapacitated; or

        (d) Physically helpless.

        (2) A lack of verbal or physical resistance does not, by itself, constitute consent but may be considered by the trier of fact along with all other relevant evidence. [1971 c.743 §105; 1999 c.949 §2; 2001 c.104 §52]

Prevention Education

Campus Public Safety and persons involved in the Self Defense Program (503-838-8481) are available as resources for questions or comments regarding domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.  The self defense program is used to develop and enhance the options of self-defense, so they may become viable considerations to the person who is attacked.  Campus Public Safety has instructors for the program and offers courses in conjunction with the Health and Wellness Center. Please contact Campus Public Safety for more information.

Campus Public Safety Crime Prevention Programs

Campus Public Safety generally offers a variety of programs around the topics of sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and more.  Through these programs and information provided to the campus community, WOU encourages all to report related offenses. Additional presentations are made by Abby’s House ( during Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October), Stalking Awareness Month (January) and Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April). Several related programs are offered throughout the year by the Residence Life staffs and the Student Health Educators. One such program is the Green Dot Program that is coordinated and offered campus wide through the Health Educators office of the Student Health and Counseling Center and includes bystander intervention training.


Evaluate and Communicate Your Intentions

Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking and Sexual Assault are issues that impact both women and men.  Because the largest percentage of all university related rapes, dating violence and stalking are committed by acquaintances, it is important that you decide what you want to happen in intimate situations.

 Both women and men should consider the following:






If You Are Sexually Assaulted

 Remember that you are not to blame--no one deserves to be sexually assaulted.

 You should contact one of the following offices:  Campus Public Safety, Vice President for Student Affairs, Student Health Services, or the Monmouth Police Department.







Whether or not criminal charges are filed, a campus administrative investigation will be conducted and handled through the Office of Student Conduct and/or the Dean of Students and campus sanctions can be imposed regardless of the criminal investigation.

Rape Evidence Collection Examination

 A rape exam provides essential treatment for exposure to sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.  It also collects evidence to be used against your assailant should you choose to press charges.  Public Safety will assist in reporting to the Monmouth Police Department.  The exam must be completed within 84 hours of the sexual assault. The examination will be conducted at a medical facility by a certified Sexual Assault Nurse (S.A.N.E.).

General Medical Attention

 You can receive medical attention from the following areas:

 Student Health Service: 8-8313 (on campus) or 503-838-8313 (off campus)
 Salem Hospital:  503-561-5200
 West Valley Hospital in Dallas: 503-623-8301

Good Samaritan Regional Hospital in Corvallis: 541-768-5111

 For Immediate Counseling

Additional Reporting Information and Options

 Western Oregon University Vice President for Student Affairs Office at 8-8221 (on campus) or 503-838-8221 (off campus).  This office can help you explore potential university judicial disciplinary actions that could follow an incident of sexual assault or relationship violence in compliance with the Western Oregon University Code of Student Responsibility, which governs internal disciplinary sanctions and procedures.

Western Oregon University takes sexual and relationship violence very seriously. Reports of unwanted sexual contact/misconduct can also be filed using the anonymous reporting form available on line. The form is used to gather information regarding the incidences of sexual and dating violence of our students on or around campus, and to help WOU staff plan a response to violence in our campus community.  (

Western Oregon University Campus Public Safety at 8-8481 (on campus) or 503-838-8481 (off campus).   They will help you in any manner possible, including contacting a counselor, helping you get a medical exam, reporting an assault to the Monmouth Police Department, etc. (
 Monmouth Police Department at 503-838-1109 or 911 in an emergency.  They hold jurisdiction for any criminal action occurring in the city of Monmouth.  Officers will respond and assist in getting an incident documented and can follow up on any needed action.

If you are sexually harassed, assaulted, or a victim of sexual violence, you should contact the Title IX coordinator, Human Resources Director Judy Vanderburg at 503-838-8131 or 503-838-8490. (www.wouedu/sexualharassment).

Student Health Counseling Center at 503-838-8313 can assist with any medical or counseling resources you may seek (

Abby’s House Center for Women and Families (503-838-8219) has trained Advocates available that can assist you through the process and are located in the Werner University Center Room 108.

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Sanctions Process

 Following an on-campus disciplinary procedure, university sanctions for domestic or dating violence, rape, acquaintance rape or other sex offenses include actions from probation up to and including expulsion from school.  The disciplinary procedures in all alleged sexual assaults include the following:



Possible sanctions or protective measures imposed can include, but are not limited to, any one or a combination of the following   written warning, disciplinary probation, removal from the residence halls, change in class schedule, reflection paper, research paper, counseling, deferred suspension, suspension, expulsion. 

Institutional Disciplinary Process

Procedures for adjudicating student conduct cases are outlined in the Code of Student Responsibility.  Hearings are conducted by professional staff and hearing boards, who receive annual training on standards of conduct, adjudication procedures and on issues related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  Hearings are conducted in a manner that is fair, prompt, and impartial, and protects the safety of the survivor.  All hearings are closed to the public.  What is stated in a hearing is confidential.  The survivor has the option to attend the entire hearing with the exception of the committee’s deliberation process, and may attend the hearing accompanied by a support person or advocate.  The charged student is afforded the same rights in terms of attending the entire hearing and being accompanied by an advisor of the charged student’s choosing. Hearing results are provided to both the charged student and the survivor in writing.  Both the charged student and the survivor have the right to appeal the results of the hearing.

Sex Offender Statement

The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000 (CSCPA), which became law October 28, 2000, but which delayed certain provisions until October 27, 2002, amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act.

CSCPA provides special requirements relating to registration and community notification for sex offenders who are enrolled in or work at institutions of higher education. In addition to the Wetterling Act, CSCPA also amended the Clery Act, an annual crime reporting law, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 to allow the disclosure of this information regarding students.

As provided in the Wetterling Act, any person required to register under a state sex offender registration program must notify the state regarding each institution of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student and must also alert the state of any change in enrollment or employment status.

Under current state law, computerized sex offender information can be obtained through local law enforcement agencies and the Oregon State Police through their sex offender registration information line at (503) 378-3720, extension 4429. This computerized database can access sex offender information by name, address, zip code or county. The new Oregon sex offender website is


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  The following laws were taken from the Oregon Revised Statutes and the Oregon Vehicle Code:
 No person shall peddle or deliver alcoholic liquor to or at any place, where, without a license, alcoholic liquor is sold or offered for sale.  O.R.S. 471.405.
 No person shall sell, give or otherwise make available any alcoholic liquor to any person who is visibly intoxicated and no person other than the person's parent or guardian shall sell, give or otherwise make available any alcoholic liquor to a person under the age of 21 years.  O.R.S. 471.410.
 No person under the age of 21 years shall attempt to purchase  or acquire alcoholic liquor.   Except when such minor is in a private residence accompanied by the parent or guardian of the minor and with such parent's or guardian's consent, no person under the age of 21 years shall have personal possession of alcoholic liquor.  O.R.S. 471.430.
 Whenever a person who is 17 years of age or younger, but not younger than 13 years of age, is convicted of any offense described in this subsection or determined by juvenile court to have committed one of the described offenses, the court in which the person is convicted shall order a denial of driving privileges for the person so convicted.

   A person commits the offense of violation of the open container law in a motor vehicle if the person does any of the following:
    (a) Drinks any alcoholic liquor in a motor vehicle when the vehicle is upon a highway, or;
    (b) Possess on one's person, while in a motor vehicle upon a highway, any bottle, can or other receptacle containing any alcoholic liquor, which has been opened, or a seal broken, or the contents of which have been partially removed, or;
    (c) Keeps in a motor vehicle when the vehicle is upon any highway, any bottle, can or other receptacle containing any alcoholic liquor, which has been opened, or a seal broken, or the contents of which have been partially removed.  O.R.S. 811.170 (1)(a)(b)(c).
 A person commits the crime of driving while under the influence of intoxicants if the person drives a vehicle while the person:
    (a)  has .08 percent or more by weight of alcohol in the blood of the person as shown by a chemical analysis of the breath or blood of the person made under O.R.S. 813.100, 813.140 or 813.150;
    (b)  is under the influence of intoxicating liquor or a controlled substance; or
    (c)  is under the influence of intoxicating liquor and a controlled substance.  O.R.S. 813.010 (1)(a)(b)(c).

Campus Policy on Controlled Substances and Alcohol 

There are many other issues involved in alcohol or drugs, including:
 Policy on Controlled Substances and Alcohol - Western Oregon University participates in the "Drug Free Schools and Community Act" (Public Law 101-223 Sec. 22) and is committed to providing an environment that maximizes the potential for a drug and alcohol free lifestyle. 
Possession, consumption or furnishing alcohol beverages is prohibited anywhere on campus with certain exceptions.  You should be familiar with local ordinances that regulate alcohol consumption and possession.

 The use, possession, sale, giving or exchange of illegal drugs or controlled substances is prohibited on campus by state law and university policy.  Persons who violate the policy are subject to discipline and corrective intervention by the university, including possible suspension, expulsion and filing of criminal charges.

 Health Risks of Alcohol/Drugs - The health risks associated with the misuse and the abuse of mind- altering drugs, including controlled substances and alcohol, include but are not limited to:  physical and psychological dependence; damage to the brain, pancreas, kidneys and lungs; high blood pressure; heart attacks; strokes; birth defects; a diminished immune system; and death.
 Drinking and Driving - Besides the legal risks, you could be putting the lives of your friends in danger by letting them drive after drinking.  If you plan on using alcohol, you should always designate a driver who will not be drinking.
 Sex and Alcohol - Many sexual assaults occur while people are under the influence of alcohol. Judgment, good decision-making skills and the ability to clearly communicate limitations are impaired when a person consumes alcohol.  In addition, resistance is difficult and ineffective, thus increasing vulnerability.  Alcohol sometimes gives the mistaken message that the survivor of sexual assault was "asking for it."  Nobody asks to be sexually assaulted. Intoxication is not an excuse or defense for assaulting another person.
 Help for Addiction - the Counseling Center and Student Health Services provide assessment and referral services to WOU students as well as serving as an alcohol and other drug information/ education resource.  They can be reached at 503-838-8313.

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Information on the WOU Emergency Response Guide and the new WOUAlert Emergency Notification System is available online at

Campus Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

Western Oregon University is committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment for the students, faculty, staff and visitors to enjoy the campus community. In order to maintain this safe environment, WOU has instituted an updated emergency procedures manual as well as an emergency notification system. A copy of the Emergency Response Guide and the WOUAlert System information can be found at

It is the intent of the WOU administration that the campus community shall be notified immediately upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students, faculty or staff occurring on campus. In the event issuing a notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency, then the emergency notification will not be made until safe to do so. This notification shall be made using the most appropriate method, to include the regular campus email system, telephone trees, and the WOUAlert Emergency Notification System, which includes cell phone, text messaging, emails, fax, and land line telephones.

Upon notice of a potential event or issue, the Campus Public Safety Department (CPS) shall be notified and will make every effort to confirm that the event is occurring and that emergency notification should be considered. If the event is confirmed, CPS shall notify one or more of the following campus administration – Office of the President, Office of the Vice Presidents’ for Finance and Administration, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs (Provost), or Dean of Students. A decision will be made to initiate the emergency notification system and the alert sent out immediately, unless as stated above, there are exigent circumstances that prevent the immediate notification being sent. Notification shall also be made to the local law enforcement and fire services by CPS. Media outlets will be notified by the WOU Public Relations Department.

The notification shall advise persons as to whether or not they should evacuate or remain in place, where to avoid and where to safely exit the campus. All building managers shall have posted in their facilities an evacuation map showing safe routes to take when exiting the building.

Reasonable efforts will be made to provide follow-up information on an active event using the WOU website in order to keep the campus community up to date. Upon the culmination of the event an all clear notice will be sent out using the same notification system as used to initiate the original alert.

The University shall annually review the policies and procedures and make any changes necessary for the protection of the campus community. Annual drills and exercises are to be conducted and the results of these will be documented and assessed for changes and or modifications of the policy and procedures.

Building Evacuation

 Familiarize yourself with evacuation procedures for the building; locate the nearest exits and fire extinguishers.
 Find the Emergency Assembly Point (EAP) for your building. Ask your building manager or Resident Assistant.
 If you live off-campus, set up a meeting place with housemates or fellow tenants.
 Participate in all drills when you hear the alarms ring in a university building.
 Exit the building quickly and safely.
 Wear shoes if possible.
 Never use elevators--always use the stairs.
 Help others evacuate--knock on doors, check bathrooms as you leave the building.  Help those with a physical disability evacuate the building.
 Be alert for suspicious activity--an alarm may be part of a crime in progress.
 Call 8-9000 immediately and explain the situation if the alarm in a building has been set off by accident.
Immediately report any vandalism or tampering with the alarm.

 Earthquake Survival

 Before the earthquake:
 Secure heavy furniture and equipment in your home, room or office; do not place heavy equipment over your desk or bed.  Connect bookshelves to walls.
 Relocate beds away from large glass windows.
 Assemble an emergency supply kit with the following:
- 72-hour supply of water and non-perishable food,
- flashlight with extra batteries,
- radio with extra batteries,
- first aid kit,
- hygiene items/medications,

 - bedding,
 - shoes and clothes.

   Formulate a plan NOW with your family and/or housemates on how and where you will communicate and reunite after an earthquake.
 Learn First Aid and CPR.  Obtain first aid training information by contacting the Public Safety Department at 503-838-8481 or Polk County Fire District (503-838-1510).
 Because local phone lines may be out, keep an out-of-state phone contact you can use as an information center for your friends and relatives.  Also, inform your parents, relatives, and friends to call Campus Public Safety (503-838-8481) to find out information about the university if a major earthquake strikes here.

During an Earthquake

 If you are indoors, stay there.  Take cover under a heavy desk or table or in a doorway.  If you take cover in a doorway, be careful of the door swinging shut and smashing your fingers or bruising your body.
 If you are in a hallway, sit against the wall with your back to it.
 If outdoors, move to an open area and stand clear of buildings and electrical/ telephone poles--beware of flying glass.
 Do not be alarmed if the electricity goes out or if alarms and fire sprinklers are activated.

After an earthquake:
 If you live in a student residence hall, go directly to your hall's Emergency Assembly Point.
 Check the outside of your room, house or office for structural damage--do not re-enter the building until it has been inspected by a university official.
 Help those who are injured and administer first aid if needed.
 Check for fire hazards.
 Leave phone lines open--call for emergencies only (fire, police, ambulance).
 Keep streets clear for emergency vehicles and avoid the temptation to "sight-see."
 Open doors, drawers and cupboards carefully--items may fall on you.

 Emergency Volunteer Squads

 Each department/area on campus is recommended to have the following to assist in case of a major earthquake:
 Rescue Squad - assist physically disabled or injured persons with evacuation; move the injured to first aid station as soon as possible.
 First Aid Squad - locate safe area for a first aid station;  administer first aid to the injured; inform Support Squad of the number and type of injuries so that accurate information will reach the Emergency Operations Center.
 Support Squad - send two runners to the Emergency Operations Center (located in the Campus Public Safety Building) to relay information about the damage and injuries and to act as a liaison between Campus Public Safety and your group; help establish first aid and living areas; obtain clothing and supplies needed for survival; check for fires and fire hazards; assist those suffering psychological trauma.

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Fire Prevention

 Keep exits and hallways clear and free of potential obstructions, such as boxes, bicycles and mattresses.
 Do not over-load outlets--plug one appliance into an outlet at a time.
 Avoid using extension cords whenever possible.
 Do not use hot plates or cooking appliances in your dorm rooms with the exception of microwave ovens.
 Use large, safe ashtrays if you smoke and make sure all smoking material is fully extinguished; do not smoke in bed. In university buildings, you can only smoke in designated areas.
 Be aware that candles or open flame devices are prohibited from use on campus.
 Avoid hanging lights and paper together in your room.  Do not hang lights or streamers on the side of doors facing corridors and avoid hanging anything from fire sprinkler systems.
 In the Event of a Fire:
 Activate the nearest alarm and call 8-9000 immediately, then 9-911 from a safe location if you smell smoke or detect a fire.
 Use the back of your hand to see if a door is hot before opening it.  If it is hot, leave it closed, stuff towels or clothes in the cracks and open a window.
 Open a door slowly (CAUTION: the doorknob may be hot) if it is not hot and be prepared to close it quickly if necessary.
 Exit the building cautiously--carry a towel or blanket to protect you from flames and smoke.
 Make an attempt to warn others as you leave.
 Do not re-enter the building until given approval by fire officials or the building staff.
 Go directly to your building's Emergency Assembly Point.

 Tampering with Fire Equipment

Tampering with fire alarms, smoke detectors or other fire life safety equipment may result in a minimum fine of $25.  This includes disconnecting or removing the battery, or by other means rendering smoke detectors inoperable, and removal of the fire EXIT signs.  Additional criminal charges may be filed with the Fire Marshal.

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 Theft Prevention

 When leaving your residence hall room, home or office, lock doors and windows even if you will be gone for just a minute.
 Never leave purses, wallets, or valuables exposed; store them out of sight.  Be especially careful with your credit cards, a very popular item among thieves because they are easy to steal and use.
 Computers, especially if they are portable, are primary targets of theft.  Do not leave unattended. Lock them in a drawer or portable safe.

Office Equipment

 Record the serial numbers, brand names and descriptions of property or valuables that are kept in your office.  Keep a duplicate copy of this information in another location.  It can be used to recover stolen property.
 Engrave property with "Western Oregon University" and your department name.
 Have all equipment secured with a locking device.

Car Protection

 When you leave your car, always remove the ignition key and lock all doors.  Do not leave valuables in the car, but if you must, lock them in the trunk.
 Engrave your car stereo and other removable equipment with your driver's license number and home state.
 When parking at night, park in well-lit, well-traveled areas.
 Consider installing tamper-proof door lock buttons and/or a car alarm.  Also consider using a lockable car cover.

Holiday Security

If you leave campus during the school holidays:
 Secure your bicycle to a rack or leave it in your room.
 If you leave your car on campus, remove all valuables.
 Place all valuables in your residence hall room out of sight and unplug all appliances before you leave.

If you stay on campus during the holiday or summer:
 Be alert to any suspicious persons around residence halls, bike racks or parking lots.
 Do not walk, jog or bike alone at night--consider asking a friend to go with you.
 Call 8-9000 immediately to report any unusual activity.

If you live off campus and are leaving for vacation:
 Lock all doors and windows securely.
 Make your house/apartment look occupied--have a friend or neighbor pick up your mail and newspapers; set your television and lights on timers; keep lawns mowed and watered.
Leave information about your home security system, such as whether or not you have one, with a trusted friend.
 Leave your vacation itinerary with a friend.

Personal Identity Protection

Not only can thieves steal your physical possessions, they can also use your personal information to steal from you.
Many times you unknowingly provide them with this information.  Here are some items you should NEVER provide to strangers over the phone:
 Your credit card number or expiration date, unless you know the company is reputable.  Thieves can use these number to make purchases of their own;
 Your checking account number can be used to withdraw money from your account;
 Your telephone calling card number can be used to charge unwanted calls to your account;
 Your Social Security Number can be used by someone else to find out information about you or to establish a false identity.  Only give it out if it is legally required;
 Your driver's license number may allow someone to obtain information about you, such as your physical description;
 Health information, such as your insurance, medical and mental history, and doctor can be used to fraudulently obtain health care;
  Information about those who live with you and whether you live alone;
 Financial information, such as annual income or mortgage.
Do not allow persons to make a copy of your drivers license, identification cards, credit cards, etc. unless you know the person or company.

Information can be found on the FTC website:

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Bicycle Safety

Below is a list of safety items that will assist any rider:
 a bike light when riding at night;
 working brakes--get new pads and adjustments at any bike shop;
 helmets--are highly recommended for any age.

There are five rules to keep in mind when riding at WOU:
 Always ride on the right side and with the flow of traffic; ride on the road and not on the sidewalks when possible.
 Ride predictably, whether on a roadway or in a public area.  Maintain a steady course and speed.
 Obey all traffic laws.  Bicyclists must STOP at marked intersections.  Pedestrians have the right-of-way.
 Pay attention to your surroundings; warn pedestrians or fellow riders when you are passing them with, "on your right" or "on your left."
 Likewise, pedestrians should warn bicyclists when they are placed in danger.  You should also warn drivers if they are putting you in danger with their driving.  A quick yell to get their attention should suffice.
 Take extra care when passing parking lot exits.

Identifying Your Bicycle

 Always keep a record of your bicycle description including make, model, frame/serial number, size, color, and number of speeds to be reported in case your bike is stolen.
 Engrave your driver's license number and state in an inconspicuous place on your bike frame.  You can borrow an engraver from the Campus Public Safety Department.

Register your bike with Campus Public Safety.

Locking Your Bike

 Use a U-lock to secure your bike.  When possible, lock at least your front wheel and frame.  Try not to leave your bike locked "free standing."  A thief can easily remove the lock and walk away with the bike.
 Seriously consider using a space reduction device to make it more difficult for a thief to remove the lock.
 Don't park your bike in a doorway or traffic thoroughfare.  Persons in wheelchairs must have a three-foot pathway, and bikes left in blue handicapped zones are illegal and may be removed by Public Safety.

 Secure your bikes in racks or bike lockers that are available through Parking Services.

If You See Suspicious Activity or a Bike Theft in Progress

 Dial 8-9000 from a campus  phone.
 Give the Campus Public Safety staff member the time and location of the incident and description of the suspect.
If your bike is stolen, report it to Campus Public Safety (8-8481) immediately.  Give them the serial number, make, model, size and color of the bike.

 Bicycle Accidents
 Call 8-9000 to report bicycle accidents as soon as possible.
 In non-injury accidents, survey and assess property damage.
 You must inform the damaged property owner of your name, address and phone number.  Leave a note if you cannot find the owner of the property and report the accident to the police.

Abandoned Bicycles

If left unattended, a bicycle may be tagged by Public Safety as abandoned.  If the bicycle is left unclaimed, the department may dispose of it.  This abatement process is performed annually in the student living areas and other university locations at the conclusion of summer term--hence, DO NOT store your bike over the summer by locking it to a bike rack.  It may be removed by the time you return to campus.

Pedestrian Safety Zones

Regarding mopeds, scooters, and motorcycles:
 No motorcycle, motor scooter or moped shall be driven, operated, stopped, left standing or parked anywhere except for marked parking lots and streets.  These vehicles may not be operated within an area closed to other motor vehicles.

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 Small Wheeling Across University

 Wheels - be sure your skates or skateboard are in good repair.  The wheels should be in good shape, with the bearings free of grit to turn freely.
 Helmet - you may not think that it's "cool" to wear one, but you should NEVER roll without one!  You can get moving pretty fast and even the best lose it now and then.  Your helmet could save your life.
 Pads - like your helmet, knee and elbow pads and wrist guards can be life savers.  Wear them!  No matter how good you are, you could still lose it due to the mistakes of others.
 Clothing - it is very important that you be visible while skating across campus.  Always wear bright and/or reflective clothing for maximum visibility, both day and night.

Skating Rules of the Road

All skaters and skateboard users must obey all university traffic signs.  On the Western Oregon University grounds, the use of skates and skateboards is permitted on paved roads designed for vehicular or bicycle traffic provided you obey all traffic safety rules.  This means that you must keep to the paved streets and marked bicycle paths/routes--no skating on walkways, sidewalks, loading docks, driveways, or access ramps.
Only the cautious use of skates and skateboards is permitted on university property.  This means no stunts, no skating in buildings or structures, and you must always yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.

University Policy

It is the policy of Western Oregon University that only university affiliated students, staff and faculty are authorized to use skateboards, roller blades or roller skates on the WOU campus. This includes sidewalks, entryways, patios, alleys, streets, parking lots, tennis courts, or common areas frequented by pedestrians, automobiles or other foot traffic areas unless expressly sanctioned and authorized by the President or her/his designee for university  related purposes, events or activities. All non-university individuals will be asked to leave campus for this activity.
 All users are to adhere to pedestrian laws and university policies and may not exceed six miles per hour when using university sidewalks.
 All users are to adhere to pedestrian laws and university policies when using campus streets and parking lots.
 Users may not use stairways, patios, dock areas, benches, picnic tables or other university property for jumping as these are obvious hazards.
 Users are to refrain from using skateboards, roller blades and roller skates in any university building and may not use the outside tennis courts for this activity unless given approval to do so.

Skating Into Trouble

If you break the rules, there are consequences.  You can and will be asked to refrain from skating on campus.  You can also face a criminal trespass notice issued to you to stay off the Western Oregon University campus.

If you are a student or faculty/staff member at WOU, you are subject to institution disciplinary proceedings as well.  If you are not, you can be required to take off the skates or stop using the skateboard and leave the immediate premises and/or property controlled by Western Oregon University.  It doesn't have to be an officer with Campus Public Safety requesting that you leave--any authorized agent of the University can do it, and this includes building managers, deans, department heads and directors.

Campus Fire Safety Right-to-Know Information


In accordance with the 2008 changes to the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), institutions of higher education such as Western Oregon University that maintain on-campus housing shall, on an annual basis, publish a Fire Safety Report. For compliance and in authority of the HEOA this report is contained within the annual Clery Act reporting document (Campus Community Safety Guide) and the entire document shall be known as “Clery Compliance and Fire Safety Reporting Campus Community Safety Guide”.

Annual Fire Safety Report:

Institutions with on-campus housing facilities must publish an annual fire safety report that provides information on campus fire safety and standards. Information contained within this annual report includes: number and cause of fires at all on-campus student housing facilities; number of fire-related deaths; related injuries; value of fire related property damage; information on evacuation procedures; fire safety education and training programs; fire safety systems in each student housing facility; number of fire drills conducted; and the policy on portable electrical appliances, open flames, and smoking.

Fire Log:

The Department of Campus Public Safety maintains a Fire Log that records any fire that occurs in an on-campus housing facility. The Fire Log includes the date and time the fire was reported, the nature of the fire, and the general location. Entries will be made within two business days of the event and are available for public inspection during the normal business hours (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM) Monday thru Friday at the Public Safety Office.

Fire Drills:

The Campus Public Safety Department in conjunction with University Housing staff, schedule and conduct fire drills in all university housing areas, at various times throughout the academic year. The drills are conducted at a minimum of once a term in each of the residential halls. All residents are reminded that in the event of an alarm they are to immediately evacuate the residence hall or at any other time when advised by either an RA or other University official. Additional fire drills may be scheduled or unscheduled throughout the term.

Residential Policy on Smoking, electrical appliances, open flames:

Each student who occupies one of the on-campus residential units enters into an agreement with the University Housing Department in which the following items and policies are included. For a full copy of the Guide to Residential Living you can go to the following web location:

* Smoking in or around the Residence Halls (outside of designated exterior smoking

areas) or within 10 feet of any building or entry to building is prohibited. Covered smoking areas are available outside several of the residence halls for use by those who wish to smoke.

* Cooking/Electrical Appliances/Equipment/Open Flames/Flammable Materials and items that are prohibited include but are not limited to:

(a) Cooking in any of the residential rooms on campus, excluding those residential facilities which have kitchen or kitchenette spaces.

(b) Possession or use of a blender, rice cooker, toasters, or any appliances (i.e.: George

Foreman Grills™) with open heating surfaces in rooms without kitchens.

(c) Use of a refrigerator larger than 20” wide x 20” deep x 36” high.

(d) Possession or use of a halogen light.

(e) Possession or use of an electric blanket.

(f) Possession or use of a space heater.

(g) Possession or use of a single element burner.

(h) Storage of flammable liquids/gases and other materials (Propane, gasoline, etc.).

(i) The use of open flame devices including but not limited to candles and incense in or

around the residence halls.

Fire Inspections and Fire Code Violations

Fire Safety Inspections are conducted during Fall Term by the Oregon State Fire Marshal or a person acting on his or her behalf, who will do a fire inspection of every residence hall room. You will be notified as to when these inspections will take place, and you will be required to allow the Fire Marshal, or his or her designee (residential staff), entrance to your room for inspection. If you or your roommates are not home, the room will be inspected without your presence and a note will be left indicating the status of your room.

Should a violation be found, you will receive a letter indicating what the violation was, and you will be expected to make immediate compliance. If the violations have not been corrected after an unannounced re-inspection, you and/or your roommate will be fined a minimum of $25.00 per violation, and will be subject to disciplinary action. Some common violations are as follows:

• Use of lightweight extension cords. Use only approved power strips with circuit breakers.

• Over 50% of walls covered with combustibles (posters, signs, cloth of any kind, etc.).

• Any combustibles on the ceiling.

• Use of unapproved multi-taps. All multi-taps must have a circuit breaker.

• Disconnecting the battery in the smoke detector, or dismantling the smoke detector.

• Storing or placing items within 18 inches of the sprinkler head (Heritage and Arbor Park only), or storing anything within 32 inches of the ceiling in any other hall.

Violation of the fire code or rules pertaining to fire and life safety which may involve the State Fire Marshal and possible criminal action include:

(a) Tampering with, playing with, intentionally damaging, or accidentally damaging fire alarms, smoke detectors (including disconnecting or removing the battery in the smoke detector in your room), extinguishers, or other fire/life safety equipment.

(b) False Alarms: Setting off a general and/or smoke alarm in a residence hall for false reasons.

(c) Failure to evacuate a residential facility under a general alarm or whenever directed to do so by a university official (including Resident Assistants); or unauthorized use of a fire escape at times other than during an evacuation or emergency.

(d) Storage of flammable liquids/gases and other materials (Propane, gasoline, etc.).


In case of a fire, please sound the nearest fire alarm and evacuate the building. Evacuation procedures are as follows:

Butler: exit and move towards the Grove across the fire lane.

Barnum and Gentle: exit and proceed across the J Loop parking lot to the west side of the fire lane.

Landers: exit and proceed towards Public Safety to the north side of the fire lane.

Heritage: exit and proceed to north or south of fire lanes behind pillars.

Arbor Park and Alder View: exit and proceed to Parking Lot J.

Knox St. Apartments: exit and proceed east (away from campus) across Knox St.

Ackerman Hall: the east half of the facility will exit and go to Lot H and the University Center, the west half will exit and go to Lot P (nearest to the NPE and Jensen Arctic Museum).

DO NOT remain in the courtyards or in close proximity to the buildings. Remain in designated locations until cleared for re-entry by either the Area Coordinator (AC) or a member of the University Housing staff acting on behalf of the AC. Always be alert for the arrival of emergency services apparatus and equipment, do not stand in driveways or roadways.

Fire Life Safety Equipment

Fire Extinguishers are placed throughout the campus and the residence halls for the protection and use by the campus community. The residential staffs (RA’s and AC’s) are all trained yearly on fire life safety and on the proper use of the extinguishers. In the event you come across a small fire (never attempt to fight a large fire or one that blocks your escape route) and an extinguisher is available, remember the proper use is:


Pull - Pull the pin

Aim - Aim at the base of the fire

Squeeze - Squeeze the handle

Sweep - Sweep slowly from side to side

Smoke detectors and alarms are installed in each residential room as well as hallways and common areas for the safety and protection of the residents. The devices are inspected annually as well as on an as needed basis. In the event the smoke detector in your room begins to “chirp” contact Housing maintenance or Campus Public Safety immediately so that the device can be checked and serviced. In the event the detector activates, leave the area immediately and call Campus Public Safety (8-9000 or 503-838-9000) and report the activation.

Descriptions of WOU Fire Safety Systems for Residence Halls and Family Housing


Fire Alarm Monitoring Done on Site

Full Sprinkler System

Partial Sprinkler System

In Room/Unit Smoke Detection

Corridor Smoke Detection

Fire Extinguisher Checks

Residence Halls:







Ackerman  Hall







Barnum Hall







Butler Hall







Gentle Hall







Heritage  Hall







Landers Hall







Arbor Park Apartments














Family Housing:







Alder View Townhomes







Knox Street Apartments








Reported Fires in WOU Residential Facilities




Cause of Fire

Number of Injuries Requiring Treatment

Number of Deaths Related to Fire

Estimated Value of property Damage

Residence Halls:







Ackerman  Hall







Barnum Hall







Butler Hall







Gentle Hall







Heritage  Hall







Landers Hall



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Arbor Park Apartments



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Family Housing:







Alder View Townhomes







Knox Street Apartments














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