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Campus Safety Forum
Thursday, February 7, 2008 - 1:00pm to Thursday, February 7, 2008 - 2:00pm
The University community is invited to an open forum on campus safety. In the wake of the Virginia Tech shooting in April, universities across the country, including the campuses of the Oregon University System (OUS), are reviewing their public safety and disaster response capabilities.

The Portland State community will consider two safety concerns: the best way to be notified in the event of a safety or security emergency, and the status of public safety officers on campus.

For the first concern on emergency communications, forum participants will consider options ranging from loudspeakers to e-mail lists. For the second issue, the status of public safety officers on campus, participants will contemplate issues that are of most concern and evaluate the pros and cons of options such as transitioning the PSU Campus Public Safety Office to a full service police department; contracting exclusively with an existing department such as the Portland Police; creating an OUS system wide police department with a PSU branch; or expanding on the authority of the PSU Campus Public Safety Office.

When: Thursday, February 7th, 2008
Where: Smith Memorial Student Union, room 338
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

A Portland State ad hoc team chaired by Ron Tammen has met for the past term to consider issues of public safety and emergency operations. The team is currently holding focus groups across campus to gather student, faculty, and staff input. The University will report its findings to the OUS chancellor in March. If required, OUS will draft needed legislation for consideration by the governor prior to the 2009 legislative session.