Our commitment to a safe campus

Mon, Jan 27, 2020

Dear campus community,

I am very pleased to announce the launch of Safer Together, a new campaign to promote a safe and secure campus for students, faculty, staff and visitors. The campaign is part of the holistic approach to campus public safety that I announced in October. In that plan, I noted that community safety is not limited to law enforcement – it includes resiliency, risk management, physical and emotional health, traffic control and more. 

Safer Together acknowledges that there is a role for everyone when it comes to keeping PSU an open, safe and welcoming community. 

Here are some of the ways we are Safer Together: 

Please sign up for PSU Alerts if you haven’t done so. This enables you to receive timely information during a campus emergency or inclement weather via multiple channels, such as text and phone.

New student safety ambassadors and additional Campus Public Safety officers and dispatchers have been hired to help provide 24/7 response to emergencies and calls for assistance. 

Our safety team is receiving enhanced instruction that includes field training in PSU-specific areas such as de-escalation techniques, multicultural competency, first aid and CPR. It also includes new immersive interactive training exercises and assessment to help officers refine their skills to best serve our campus.  

Take steps to protect your digital well-being. The Office of Information Technology offers enhanced digital security. Using Duo two-factor authentication to sign on to PSU accounts helps protect your privacy and security.  

Improvements continue to be made to campus buildings and physical security. For example, 40 cameras have been installed at our residence halls to bolster security.

Promote and protect your physical and mental health. Students, staff and faculty can access a wide array of campus services, staff professionals and resources:  the Center for Student Health and Counseling, the CARE team, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Women’s Resource Center, Queer Resource Center, our cultural resource centers, among many others.          

Safer Together is about fulfilling our shared responsibility to promote a better experience for everyone in our community. I encourage you to read more about the campaign on PSU’s home page.  For details on my comprehensive safety plan, go to the president’s page, which also provides an opportunity for you to post suggestions and input on our safety efforts.    


Thank you, 

Stephen Percy

Interim President

Portland State University