President Shoureshi announces dates and locations for listening forums on campus safety
Author: By Rahmat Shoureshi, PSU President
Posted: October 25, 2018

I want to invite the PSU community and the public to attend a series of nine listening forums at PSU next week to hear from students, faculty, staff and community members about campus safety and security.

The 90-minute forums will be held at different times on Oct. 30, 31 and Nov. 1 to accommodate different schedules. The listening sessions are organized by Margolis Healy, an independent security consulting firm PSU has hired to review campus safety.

The consultant wants input from across campus as they begin their review of security policies and procedures such as Campus Public Safety Office staffing and resources, officer training, our relationship with local law enforcement and what may have changed over time since PSU’s Board of Trustees approved a sworn, armed police force in December 2014.

All the forums will take place at PSU's Academic and Student Recreation Center (ASRC), Room 515. There also will be an online survey available next week for those who cannot attend the forums but would like to provide feedback.  

Here is the schedule of the listening sessions:

Tuesday, Oct. 30
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 31
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 1
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The members of the Board of Trustees and myself have made it clear that we have an open mind about how we move forward with campus safety. After the listening sessions next week, the team from Margolis Healy will conduct a comprehensive review, including potential alternatives to an armed police force. The Margolis Healy safety report and recommendations will be public once they are submitted to our Board of Trustees.

Margolis Healy has experience and expertise in campus safety and was selected on the unanimous recommendation of PSU’s 15-member University Public Safety Oversight Committee, which is comprised of students, faculty, staff and members of the greater Portland community. The committee will work with the consultant and provide a review of the safety report once it is completed.

A second independent review also is being conducted by a separate consultant, the OIR Group, national experts in independent police oversight and review. That review investigates the June 29th fatal officer-involved shooting of Jason Washington to help us determine what we can learn from that tragic event.

Mr. Washington’s death continues to weigh heavily on all of us at Portland State and our greater community.

I urge you to participate in the upcoming listening forums, or if you are unable to do so, please respond to the online survey on campus safety going out next week.

Thank you,

Rahmat Shoureshi