Warnings, Alerts, and Reports
Timely Warnings & Emergency Alerts
The PSU Campus Public Safety Office can issue two types of notification messages: Timely Warnings and PSU Alerts. Whether to issue a timely warning or a PSU Alert (and the content of the messages) is decided on a case-by-case basis, considering all the facts, including the nature of the incident, the continuing danger to the campus community, the promotion of safety, and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts.
When the Campus Public Safety Office learns of crimes covered by the Clery Act, it will consider whether to issue a campus-wide “timely warning” about the threat. A “timely warning” may be issued if, in the judgment of the Director of the Campus Public Safety Office or the University Vice President of Finance and Administration, a crime or potential crime constitutes a serious or continuing threat to the campus community. Timely warnings may be issued in a variety of methods, depending on the circumstances of the crime. These can include:
- Campus Wide E-Mail – Disseminated by University News and Communication at the direction of the Chief of Campus Public Safety and the Vice President of Finance and Administration.
- PSU Campus Announcement System – via myPSU Portal under the “Daily Messages” channel.
- Printed Notice – when appropriate may be posted at campus locations affected by the emergency.
- Website Posting – public safety issues of on-going concern to the campus community are posted on the Campus Public Safety Office web site, under Timely Warnings.
- Local Media – may also be provided information when the risk of harm in a particular incident can reasonably be expected to extend to off-campus areas.
If a significant emergency or dangerous situation occurs on campus that, in the judgment of the Director of the Campus Public Safety Office or the University Vice President of Finance and Administration, creates an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees, or otherwise warrants a notification, a “PSU Alert” emergency notification can be issued. For example, emergency notifications may include notices of campus closure or delayed opening, a fire, gas leak, or an outbreak of a communicable disease, as well as a notice of a Clery reportable crime.
PSU Alert messages may be issued in a variety of methods, depending on the incident. These can include:
- Email (from firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Text message (from: 231-77 or 630-79)
- Phone call (from: 1-877-725-9111)
- Social Media (Facebook and Twitter)
- RSS (Real Simple Syndication)
- PSU Mobile App
- PSU Website
- Call-in line (503-725-3000)
- Broadcast voicemail to PSU Phones
- Flash Alert
PSU students, faculty and staff must opt-in to receive PSU Alert messages via text message or phone call. PSU encourages all students, faculty and staff to register for the PSU Alert system.
To update your PSU Alert preference, follow these steps:
- Log in to Banweb with your Odin username and password.
- Select Personal Information.
- Select PSU Alert Emergency Notification System.
- Fill in or update your information.
- Save your preferences.
Note: All @pdx.edu email addresses are automatically enrolled and can not be removed.
The Annual Campus Security & Fire Safety Reports are published online in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998.
The intent of these reports is to inform the PSU community of the extent of reported crimes occurring in the previous calendar year. Data is collected from a variety of sources; including Portland Police Bureau, University departments such as the Campus Public Safety, Dean of Students Life, Housing and Residence Life, Athletics Department, Human Resources Center, Global Diversity and Inclusion, and the Women’s Resource Center.
Learn more about Clery at the Clery Center for Security on Campus.
Daily Activity Log
The Portland State University Daily Activity Log contains information on recent crimes and incidents that have occurred on the Portland State University campus and surrounding areas. The Crime & Fire Log (also known as the Activity Log) will be updated within two business days from the occurrence of the crime or incident. If you have any information regarding these crimes that could be helpful, please call 503-725-4407. The Daily Activity Log is available for viewing at Campus Public Safety.
According to Federal Law, an institution may withhold any of the required fields of entry (i.e. Classification, Date, Time, Location, and/or Disposition) if any of the following conditions apply:
- The disclosure is prohibited by law
- If disclosure would jeopardize the confidentiality of the victim
- If disclosure would jeopardize an ongoing criminal investigation or the safety of an individual
- If disclosure would cause a suspect to flee or evade detection
- If disclosure would result in the destruction of evidence
The Annual Campus Security Report & Fire Safety Report
A hard copy may be obtained by visiting Campus Public Safety at 633 SW Montgomery St.