Campus and Student Safety

Campus safety hotline: 503-206-3206

 

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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.

ABOUT CAMPUS SAFETY

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 E2Campus alert 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.
  • Students, faculty and staff can also use one of our four emergency red phones on campus and dial 2-1-1 to report a crime to our internal hotline. These phones are located in front of the library, the east end of the gym, the north east area behind the admissions building and on the east side of Hampton Hall.
  • 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 the Annual Security Report here.

Daily Crime Log Reports are available on the main campus and can be viewed at any time through the facilities director or AVP of operations.

HOW TO REPORT

TIPS Reporting Tool

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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

Counseling

UWS also has access to a number of resources for counseling in the case of a traumatic experience on campus. Students are urged to contact counseling@uws.edu 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 humanresources@uws.edu. 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.

STAYING SAFE

Campus Alert System

Everyone in the UWS campus community, including family members, can sign up for our alert system, called E2Campus. UWS uses E2Campus 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 E2Campus every other year.

Sign up for E2Campus Alert

Emergency Preparedness

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

Read the emergency preparedness documents 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 Peter Szucs.

Sexual Harassment

UWS Policy 9015 – Sexual Harassment/Discrimination states that sexual harassment is often described as unsolicited advances. It may range from inappropriate sexual suggestions to coerced sexual relations. Harassment is viewed as a situation in which an individual in a position to control, influence, or affect another’s academic performance or educational environment (i.e., classrooms, clinic, labs, or any space designated a student environment) uses that opportunity to coerce a person into sexual contact or relations or punishes the refusal. The harasser may be a faculty member or other university employee, another student, or an agent outside the university. Differentiating on the basis of gender in evaluation, expectation, education, and/or treatment constitutes gender discrimination. The outcome of gender discrimination is disparate treatment.

Sexual Misconduct

Sexual misconduct is defined as any non-consensual sexual contact or act that violates the rights of another. Sexual misconduct typically involves acts that are severe, persistent, and pervasive, but also may be a one-time occurrence. Examples of sexual misconduct include non-consensual sexual contact, rape, sexual assault, intimate partner or relationship violence, sexual exploitation, bullying and sexual harassment. Find more information here.

#ItsOnUs to stop sexual assault → http://ItsOnUs.org

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