Campus and Student Safety

Campus safety hotline: 503-206-3206

Campus security and safety are important issues in postsecondary education today. University of Western States is committed to providing students with a safe environment in which to learn. UWS has established a number of safety measures in order to keep students, faculty, staff and campus visitors safe and well informed about campus safety. These protocols include our campus alert system, campus security program and counseling support.


Campus Security Program

UWS Campus Public Safety, in conjunction with a private security company, provides walking patrols seven days a week. UWS Campus Public Safety phones are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week with staff on campus as well as central dispatch for after hours. Our security company is ready and available to respond to and assist in emergency response through the Omnilert system.

While security is a deterrent to crime, even more important is the reporting of any suspicious situation by students, faculty and staff. Please immediately report any type of situation.

There are a number of ways to report an emergency situation:

  • Dial 9-1-1 to contact Portland-area emergency responders.
  • Anyone can dial 2-1-1 or 503-206-3206 on any office phone to reach the response hotline.

A non-emergency situation:

  • To report a non-emergency incident including a robbery or a minor injury, please contact 2-1-1 or 503-206-3206 and file a report with TIPS.

Campus Security Report

UWS creates an annual campus security report, in compliance with the Department of Education rules and reporting requirements for campus security as outlined under the Jeanne Clery Act. Compliance includes having training, resources and policies in place in order to create a safe environment. We also strive to ensure transparency in the reporting of crimes.

Download UWS Annual Security Report here.

Daily Crime Log Reports are available on the main campus and can be accessed at any time by submitting a request here.


TIPS Reporting Tool

TIPS logo

TIPS (threat assessment, incident management and prevention service) is a multi-usage reporting tool:

  • Did you witness a safety issue? Use TIPS to report on any non-emergency safety concerns ranging from fraud, harassment, robbery and more.
  • Think of TIPS as a suggestion box that is an outlet for the UWS and surrounding community to have a voice on solutions that can benefit UWS.
  • TIPS is also a place to record random acts of kindness and give thoughtful shout-outs.

Reported information is kept confidential, and once submitted, specific departments and personnel will be updated to take action. TIPS FAQs.

Report an incident, safety issue, suggestion or shout-out


Campus Alert System

Everyone in the UWS campus community, including family members, can sign up for our alert system, called Omnilert. UWS uses Omnilert to provide timely alerts regarding a variety of incidents which may occur on campus, such as weather-related notifications, fire drills, unexpected water shut-down or any dangerous situations. This system is used to deliver important information by cell phone text or email. There is no charge for signing up; however your cell phone carrier’s standard text messaging rates still apply. UWS encourages students, family members and staff to sign up. Note that you must re-register with the Omnilerts every other year.

Sign up for Omnilert Alert

Emergency Preparedness

University of Western States campus safety is committed to providing a safe campus in cases of emergency.

EMPLOYEES- Read emergency procedures here.

Title IX and Sexual Harassment

What is Title IX?

Title IX states:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. -20 USC 1681 

University of Western States is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination on the basis of sex. The university provides resources and trainings to the campus to address concerns related to discrimination on the basis of sex and sexual harassment, including acts of sexual violence, all of which are forms of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

The Title IX Coordinator can answer questions regarding the process of reporting, resources, investigation of complaints of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, or other potential Title IX violations. The University of Western States Title IX Coordinator is Elena Howells.

Nondiscrimination and Anti-harrassment

UWS Policy 1004 – Nondiscrimination and Anti-harrassment states that University of Western States is committed to maintaining a working and educational environment that values the inherent worth and dignity of every person. In support of this commitment, the university prohibits all discrimination including harassment and retaliation based on such factors as race, religion, color, sex, age, citizenship status, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, disability, veteran status, marital status, legal source of income, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, or any other status protected by law.

UWS Policy 1016 – Sexual or Gender-Based Harassment, Sexual Violence, Relationship and Interpersonal Violence and Stalking prohibits sexual and gender-based harassment and sexual violence. Such conduct was previously prohibited under Policy 1004. This policy complies with the new Title IX regulations.

Sexual Misconduct

Sexual misconduct is a type of violence that uses power, control, and/or intimidation to harm another. It includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. It occurs when there is absence of consent. All individuals are protected from sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct is prohibited regardless of the sex of the victim or the harasser.

Sexual misconduct may include nonconsensual sexual contact. However, physical contact is not necessarily a component of nonconsensual sexual contact. Inappropriate communication that is sufficiently severe or pervasive may constitute sexual misconduct. Making photographs, videos, or other visual or auditory recordings of a sexual nature of another person without the person’s consent constitutes sexual misconduct. Similarly, sharing such recordings or other sexually harassing electronic communications without consent is a form of sexual misconduct.

Resources for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Support


UWS has access to a number of resources for counseling. Students are urged to contact [email protected] to schedule an appointment with one of our on-site counselors. Our counselors are advanced doctoral psychology students at Pacific University, and they are supervised by an experienced licensed psychologist. UWS students are eligible for up to 12 free visits.

Staff and faculty contact the Director of Human Resources Kathleen Cannon at [email protected]. All full and part-time, benefitted employees have access to Cascade Employee Assistance Program, which provides confidential counseling for employees and their dependents. Counselors are available 24/7 by calling 800-433-2320.

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