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PSU Alerts & Timely Warnings

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. Visit PSU Alert for more information.

PSU Alert messages  may be issued in a variety of methods, depending on the incident. These can include:

  • Email (from
  • 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 (m/
  • 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 email addresses are automatically enrolled and can not be removed.


Jan 13, 2016: Threats of Violence Against PSU Community

Feb 19, 2016: Crime Alert: Robbery/Vehicle Break-ins

Jul 13, 2016: Information

Sep 30, 2016: Sexual Assault

Oct 10, 2016: Harassment

Nov 07, 2016: Assault Suspect

Dec 05, 2016: Armed Robberies



Jan 5, 2015: Person of Interest

Feb 12, 2015: Assault on Campus

Apr 03, 2015: Sex Offender Arrested

Jul 29, 2015: Carjacking/Kidnapping on Campus



Jan 19-26, 2014: Vehicle Break-in

May 21, 2014: Armed Subject

Jun 01, 2014: Sexual Assault

Jun 25, 2014: Harassment

Jul 31, 2014: Wanted Subject

Aug 01, 2014: Wanted Sex Offender Notification



Feb 04, 2013: Magazine Fraud

Feb 25, 2013: Forcible Fondling

Mar 25, 2013: Safety Alert for Broadway Housing

Apr 21, 2013: Broadway Housing Safety Alert

Apr 27, 2013: Female grabbed in NH

Jun 07, 2013: Suspect Arrested

Jun 08, 2013: Assault in Neuberger Hall

Jul 02, 2013: Physical Harassment

Oct 02, 2013: Identity Theft Safety Alert

Nov 18, 2013: Check Fraud

Dec 05, 2013: Robbery

Dec 11, 2013: Attempted Robbery: Assault



Jan 12, 2012: Assault near Shattuck Hall

Apr 25, 2012: Threats of violence against the PSU Community

May 05, 2012: Sexual assault at University Place Hotel

May 10, 2012: Suspicious package at Market Center Building

May 21, 2012: Suspicious package

Jun 11, 2012: Male with gun near Parking Structure 3

Jul 20, 2012: Subject Excluded from Campus

Nov 14, 2012: Gas Leak on 4th and Lincoln

Nov 26, 2012: Sexual Assault

Dec 24, 2012: Safety Alert



Dec 20, 2011: Sexual assault in ASRC

Dec 07, 2011: Incident in Parking Structure