Public Safety

Dedicated to a Safe & Secure Oregon State University

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A safe and secure environment is made possible through each member of the Oregon State University community's involvement in crime prevention and sensible behavior.

In order to have a safe and successful Oregon State University experience, each person must take responsibility to recognize one's own vulnerability to crime and reduce risks through preventive action and cooperation with Oregon State Police and the Department of Public Safety.

Campus Safety Information

The officers and staff of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) are committed to the safety of your person and property.  Just to the right of this paragraph you will find a list of various topics.  Clicking on any of those links will provide you with information about steps you can take to reduce your risk of being victimized.

 

Sexual Assault Awareness

If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual assault contact 911 or the Department of Public Safety

Psychological Prevention:
  • Trust instincts. If you feel uncomfortable about a person or situation, remove yourself from the situation immediately.
  • Learn to be assertive. Enforce your rights without violating the rights of others. Be assertive but not defensive. When you become defensive you become more Vulnerable.
  • Don't be predictable; remember that many sexual assaults are planned. If you must walk alone, walk a different route each time so that you don't have a fixed pattern.
  • Don't be afraid to make a scene if you are confronted.

Be Alert When With Acquaintances:
  • If you are at a party or other group function, don't leave with a person you don't know well.
  • Remember that alcohol and drugs compromise your ability to make decisions. They lower your inhibitions and make you a more likely candidate for becoming a victim.
  • If you are a female, avoid parties where men greatly outnumber women.
  • Avoid secluded places where you put yourself into a vulnerable situation.
  • Be careful when inviting someone to your residence or accepting an invitation to their's.
  • Set sexual limits and communicate those limits. Beware of partners who disregard your requests.

Be Alert When Walking:

Use the Saferide Shuttle Service for Women 541-737-5000 or 7-5000. If you have to walk alone then follow these guidelines:

  • Avoid walking alone at night.
  • Travel with a friend or in a group
  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings
  • If you must walk alone, stay in well-lighted areas, away from alleys, bushes, and entryways.
  • Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace.
  • Keep your hands free. Avoid overloading yourself with packages and books.
  • Avoid dark, vacant or deserted areas; use well-lit, well-traveled routes
  • Dress in clothes and shoes which will not hamper movement
  • Become familiar with the lighted corridors on the campus (see map).
  • Be familiar with the blue-light emergency phones and yellow boxed security phones located throughout campus (see map).
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Look, listen, and notice if someone is following you.

If You Sense You Are In Trouble:
  • Move away from the potential threat if possible
  • Join any group of people nearby; cross the street and increase your pace
  • If a threatening situation is imminent, and people are close by to help, yell, scream, blow a whistle or make a commotion in any way you can to get their attention. Remember that people are more likely to respond to shouts of "Fire" and "Call 9-1-1" than to shouts of "Rape."
  • Go to an open building or business
  • From a safe location, Call 541-737-7000 or 7-7000.

Be Alert Where You Live:
  • Don't let anyone you do not know well inside your residence hall or apartment.
  • Do not open your door unless you know who is there.
  • Be sure that the doors of your residence are locked when you are there as well as when you are away. Lock your door even if you just go down the hall to visit a friend.
  • Avoid being in isolated areas such as parking structures or laundry rooms by yourself, especially at night.
  • Never indicate to anyone that you are alone.
  • Use well lighted entrances to your apartment or residence hall.
  • If anything appears out of the ordinary at your residence, to a safe place and call the police.

Emergency Phone Numbers

Post this page near your phone

Resource

On Campus

Off Campus

Department of Public Safety & Oregon State Police 7-7000  541-737-7000 
Corvallis Police 911 911 
Corvallis Fire Department  911  911 
Emergency medical Assistance  911  911 
Department of Public Safety & Oregon State Police (Non-Emergency)  7-3010  541-737-3010 
Corvallis Police (Non-Emergency)  9-541-766-6924  541-766-6924 
Corvallis Fire (Non-Emergency)  9-541-766-6961  541-766-6961 
Samaritan Regional Medical Center (Hospital)  9-541-768-5111  541-768-5111 
Samaritan Regional Medical Center (Emergency Room)  9-541-768-5021  541-768-5021 
Oregon Poison Control Center  9-1-800-222-1222  1-800-222-1222 
Center Against Rape & Domestic Violence  9-541-754-0110  541-754-0110 
Saferide (Dispatch)  7-5000  541-737-5000 
Saferide (Office)  7-2252  541-737-2252 
Student Health Center  7-9355  541-737-9355 
Student Health Center (After Hours / Weekends)  7-2724  541-737-2724 
University Counseling & Psychological Services  7-2131  541-737-2131 
Crisis Intervention (Community Outreach)  9-541-758-3000  541-758-3000 
Campus Information  7-1000  541-737-1000 

Online Network Safety Tips

Features of these online networks include: picture posting, posting of identifiable demographic information, physical location disclosure, blogging, file-sharing, social calendar ability and the ability to write and receive comments from others.

These online networks are a great way to advertise for programs, receive homework help, personally express oneself, and catch up on campus events. However, there are risks associated with online communities. Below are some safety tips which pertain to online networks.


Information Disclosure
  • Everything a user posts online is optional. Information such as home address, school address, cell phone number, class schedule, email address, AIM screen name, birthday and more can be used to positively identify a user.
  • A positive identification may lead to personal harm, identity theft, stalking or online/real world harassment.
  • The information posted may affect other individuals. A roommate or family member may unintentionally become affected by a user's posted information.

Personal Control
  • Once the user posts information, all control over personal information is then diminished or lost completely. As soon as a user enters information into a system, anyone can view that information.
  • The user should understand and edit the privacy settings associated with his or her personal profile. Online communities constantly change safety features, therefore users should check regularly and frequently to see if anything has changed.
  • Users should be aware of who can view his or her profile. Prospective employers, family members, staff members and professors may one day view the profile.

Communication with Others
  • Users should exercise caution when communicating with others via online communities. Chatting, messaging and commenting on other user profiles can offer a falsified sense of closeness with other online users. The user should take precaution by continually evaluating their physical and emotional safety with online and personal relationships.

User Intent
  • Not all online community members log on with the same intentions. While many users log on to take advantage of the positive aspects of online networks, some users aim to use the posted information in a negative manner. Some of these intents might include identity theft, stalking or harassment.

Authenticity
  • Authenticity of users is not confirmed. Online, users don't have to disclose any truthful information. Users may not use their true identity when communicating and posting information.

For More Information

The following websites contain valuable information regarding online safety.

Vehicle Safety Checklist

How to Have a Citation-Free and Safe Driving Experience in Oregon

Welcome to Oregon State University, Corvallis, Benton County, Oregon!

As licensed drivers in Oregon, individuals must assume the responsibility of knowing the rules and regulations of the state and the localities in which they drive.

This information will give you a brief overview of vehicle equipment requirements to help you comply with the law and to avoid citations.

Compliance with the information posted here, while not a guarantee, will reduce your risk of receiving a citation.

Traffic laws are designed to help protect you on the roadways. Be a good citizen and stay safe!

Have a citation-free and safe driving experience in Benton County by following the rules of the road and by using the vehicle safety checklist to ensure that your vehicle is safe for operation.

The Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles lists several items of mandatory equipment for all vehicles in its DMV Drivers Manual. The information contained in this pamphlet is a summarized version that can be used as a starting point to determine if your vehicle meets the basic requirements.

  • Make sure you have a Registration Card and an Insurance Verification Card in your vehicle.
  • Wear your seat belts, passengers, too. Don't wait until you see an officer, it may be too late.
  • Always use your turn signals and dim your headlights. Make complete stops at stop signs and lights. Be prepared to stop at yield signs. At an intersection with no signs, yield to the right. Oregon permits a right turn on a red light after a complete stop.
  • Try to stay with the flow of traffic, not faster and not much slower than necessary. Watch your speed. Do not rely on a radar / laser detector. With the advanced technology today, you may have already been clocked before your detector can pick up the signal.
  • Do not overload your vehicle with passengers, especially in the front seat.
  • Do not litter, help keep Oregon beautiful.
  • Slow down when approaching a vehicle that has been stopped by an officer.
  • Don't forget to turn your lights on at dusk or when it's raining.

For more information on vehicle standards, visit the Transportation Safety Division-ODOT website and click on Vehicle Standards.


Basic Equipment Checklist
  • Safety Belts - All in good working order.
  • Headlights - 2 White headlights, both working.
  • Taillights - 2 red taillights, both working. Visible for 500 ft. to the rear, red lenses are required.
  • License Plate Lights - White rear license plate light visible for 50 ft. to the rear.
  • Rear Reflectors - 2 red reflectors on side rear fenders of vehicle, either part of taillights or separate.
  • Brake Lights - 2 brake lights, both working, visible from 500 ft. in normal daylight conditions. Red lenses are required.
  • Turn Signals - Right and left turn signals on the front and rear of vehicle. Front signals may be white or amber, rear signals may be red, yellow or amber. Must be visible from 500 ft.
  • License Plates - Front and rear plates are required, except for motorcycles and trailers.
  • Brakes - In good working order
  • Tires - No body ply or belt material exposed, no tred or sidewall separation, should have a minimum of 2/32 inches of tread. Check tire pressure.
  • Exhaust System - Good working order and constant operation. Noise and smoke restrictions apply.
  • Windows & Windshield - Clean, free from obstructions, cracks or decals.
  • Winshield Wipers - Good working wipers required
  • Rearview Mirror - Driver must be able to see at least 200 ft. behind the vehicle at all times.
  • Horn - Working horn required, must be audible from 200 ft. away.
  • Fenders - Must cover entire width of the tire tread that touches the pavement.
  • Minimum Clearance - No part of a passenger vehicle can have less clearance from the road than the lowest part of the rim of any wheel.

Additional Information

Oregon adopted the federal automotive lighting standards (Division 108 Lighting), therefore all bulbs, replacement or not, have to meet the federal standard.

  • Fog Lights - A vehicle may be equipped with two fog lights. The lights may be white or amber. The beam must strike the road not more than 75 feet ahead of the vehicle on which it is mounted. These lights are illegal to have in operation at times when you are required to dim your headlights.
  • Rear Tail Lights - No red bulbs are approved. All tail light bulbs must be clear and have a red lens over them.
  • Rear Brake Lights - No red bulbs are approved. All brake light bulbs must be clear and have a red lens over them.
  • Rear Turn Signals - All rear turn signal bulbs must be clear with a red lens or amber with a clear lens.
  • Front Turn Signals - All front turn signal bulbs must either be clear or amber. No bulb with a coating other than amber meets the standard.
  • Bulbs - No bulb with a coating other than amber meets the standard. No other colored bulbs are approved. No red bulbs are approved. Only clear headlamp bulbs are approved. Any color coating makes them illegal.

For more information on vehicle standards, visit the Transportation Safety Division-ODOT website at www.odot.state.or.us/transafety and click on Vehicle Standards. Brought to you by: Oregon State Police/Corvallis Police Department/Benton County Sheriff's Office/OSU Department of Public Safety

Alcohol and Drugs on Campus

Oregon State University operates a zero tolerance policy for use of alcohol by minors on campus. Minors using alcohol on campus may be subject to arrest, citation and or student judicial proceedings. Driving under the influence and the sale or distribution of alcohol to minors is also a criminal offense and persons involved in these activities are subject to arrest.

The University strictly regulates any alcohol use on campus. A permit must be obtained for events held on campus. Student life policies provide regulations for use of alcohol by persons aged 21 or older in the housing units and for student activities.

OSU policies and state law prohibits the unlawful possession, use, manufacture or distribution of illegal drugs.

The following statement is included in the Residential Life Handbook & Planner that is issued to every residential student and available on the University Housing & Dining Services Web Page:


Alcoholic Beverages

The consumption of alcoholic beverages is permitted in individual residence rooms on the University premises at the discretion of the occupants and in accordance with state law. Also in accordance with state law, the consumption of alcohol is not permitted in public and common areas. Please refer to the University's guidelines found in the Fall Term Schedule of Classes.

All students, faculty, and staff are expected to know and abide by the state laws and University policies regarding the use of alcoholic beverages.

In the State of Oregon it is illegal to possess or consume alcoholic beverages if you are under the age of 21. It is also illegal to provide alcoholic beverages to anyone under 21 or to anyone (regardless of age) who is visibly intoxicated. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in public or "common" areas either inside or outside of buildings. Common areas include outside entry or adjacent sidewalk areas, all lounges, lobbies, kitchenettes, recreation rooms, entertainment areas, hallways, bathrooms, stairways, elevators, and laundry rooms. In addition, a student room with an open door is considered a common area when the room is open to the general view of people in the corridor.

Only students of legal drinking age can have alcoholic beverages in their residence halls and cooperative rooms.

If you are under 21, you are not allowed by law to possess or consume alcoholic beverages. Violations of this law and corresponding residence hall policies will be handled through the residence hall, the cooperative house, the University disciplinary system, or may be referred directly to the University Police. Police services on campus are provided by the Oregon State Police (OSP), who have full power of arrest for violations of state and local laws.

If you are 21 or older, you may have alcohol in your room. The intent of this policy is to allow people of legal age to have small amounts of alcohol for individual consumption in the privacy of their rooms. Large quantities of alcoholic beverages are prohibited in University-owned facilities at all times. This includes kegs, pony kegs, party balls, cases, gallons, and any other amount that is intended for group rather than individual use.

Because of the special program in Finley Hall (The Wellness Hall), all residents, regardless of age, are prohibited from the possession or use of alcohol.

"Illegal alcohol," as defined by quantity, location, or age of user, may be confiscated or poured out at the request of Residential Life staff.

If you have any questions or concerns about alcohol use, you are encouraged to talk with Residential Life staff members and attend the alcohol and health education programs sponsored within the residence halls, the cooperative houses and on campus.

Student Health Services and Counseling & Psychological Services departments also have trained staff who can provide information, assistance, and counseling. For more information on alcohol and other drugs, read the Alcohol Beverage Policy available in Student Involvement (MU East), or read the OSU publication entitled "Drug and Alcohol Issues: A Resource Guide for Students and Staff."

Listed below are three statements of the policy regarding the possession, use, and sale of alcoholic beverages at Oregon State University and the enforcement of the state laws and university policies. All statements can be found on the OSU Web Pages.


Oregon State University - DIVISION 060 - ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE POLICY: 576-060-0010

These guidelines govern the conditions under which alcoholic beverages may be consumed in areas other than housing units on the university campus. Regulations concerning use of alcoholic beverages by students in university housing units and by recognized student organizations are in OAR 576-018-0230 to 0260, and OAR 576-015-0015. Copies are available through the Student Leadership & Involvement office. The university cautions against the excessive use of alcoholic beverages, and in the matters referred to in these rules expects all persons serving or consuming alcoholic beverages to take responsibility for adherence to all applicable laws and regulations, including the regulations of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.


Oregon State University - DIVISION 015 - STUDENT CONDUCT REGULATIONS: 576-015-0005

(1) The goal of Oregon State University is to provide students with a general education so they will acquire knowledge, skill and wisdom to deal with and contribute to contemporary society in constructive ways. Policies, procedures, and regulations are formulated to guarantee each student's freedom to learn and to protect the fundamental rights of others. The assumption upon which these regulations are based is that all persons must treat all persons with dignity and respecting order for scholarship to thrive.

(2) In addition to the regulations set forth below, students must follow the academic and Professional standards of the academic units.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 351.070

Stats. Implemented: ORS 351.070

Possession or consumption of alcohol beverages by persons under 21 years of age, or furnishing of alcoholic beverages to persons under 21 years, on University owned or controlled property or at University sponsored or supervised activities. Individuals of legal drinking age in recognized student housing may possess and consume alcoholic beverages only in their private rooms, and dispensing devices such as kegs and taps, and large containers such as "party balls," are not permitted. Use of alcohol in any other campus location is prohibited unless specifically authorized in OAR 576-060-0010, which governs the conditions under which alcoholic beverages may be consumed in areas other than housing units on the University campus. Regulations concerning use of alcoholic beverages by students in University housing units and by recognized student organizations off campus are detailed in the Student Life Policy and Regulations section "Scheduling Social, Recreational, or Educational Events."

Campus by Night


Campus at night map. While the Oregon State University community and the city of Corvallis are considered friendly and relatively safe communities, neither is immune to the realities of the world. A safe and secure environment is made possible through each member of the Oregon State University community's involvement in crime prevention and sensible behavior.

In order to have a safe and successful Oregon State University experience, each person must take responsibility to recognize one's own vulnerability to crime and reduce risks through preventive action and cooperation with Oregon State Police and the Department of Public Safety.


Night Time Personal Safety

Although we encourage you to utilize the Saferide Shuttle Service and or use DPS Personal Escort, there will be times when you cannot. In those cases follow these guidelines:

  • Travel with a friend or in a group.
  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid dark, vacant or deserted areas; use well-lit and well-traveled routes.
  • Dress in clothes and shoes which will not hamper movement.

If You Sense You Are In Trouble:
  • Move away from the potential threat if possible.
  • Join any group of people nearby; cross the street and increase your pace.
  • If a threatening situation is imminent and people are close by to help, yell, scream, blow a whistle or make a commotion in any way you can to get their attention. Remember, people are more likely to respond to shouts of "Fire" and "Call 9-1-1" than to shouts of "Rape."
  • Go to an open building or business.
  • From a safe location call 7-7000 or 541-737-7000.
Use a Blue Light Emergency Phone or a Security Phone (Yellow Box) located at the main entrances of all residence halls. (Please see map)

Services for Your Safety
  • Vehicle jump-starts.
  • Vehicle access requests.
  • Personal Safety/Medical Escorts call 7-3010 or 541-737-3010.
  • Saferide Shuttle Service call 7-5000 or 541-737-5000.
  • Campus Shuttle (M-F until 6PM) call 7-2583 or 541-737-2583.

Resources for Your Safety
Certain routes on the Oregon State University campus have been identified as the most frequented and well-lit paths to use at night. Students and staff are strongly encouraged to use them and to walk with friends at night. (Please see map)

Campus Security Services

The role of the Department of Public Safety at OSU includes an assortment of services. Bike registration which help to prevent thefts, Personal Safety Training, Crime Prevention presentations and a variety of other services are offered to improve the quality of life on campus.  Please take a moment to view our current services by clicking on any of the links to the right.  Check back often.  We are expanding our services in the coming academic year.

Oregon State University Emergency Response Information

Emergency Notification
Medical Emergencies 911
Fire Emergencies 911
Police Emergencies (On Campus) 541-737-7000 or 7-7000
Police Emergencies (Off Campus) 911
Chemical Spills 541-737-2273 or 7-2273
Radioactive Material Spill 541-737-2227 or 7-2227

After Hours Pass Program

Because of the nature of the university environment, it is often necessary for faculty, staff, and students to be in campus buildings after the regularly scheduled closure times for either special projects or ongoing work. To accommodate various schedules, the Department of Public Safety has established a procedure to assist users in gaining access to their research sites, offices, and classrooms while maintaining the security of campus facilities.

The After Hours Pass Program is for students and non-university employees who have legitimate reasons for being in campus buildings after the regularly scheduled closure times.


Administration of Passes

The Department of Public Safety will provide the passes and program outline to the designated authority in departments. The department's designee will be the contact person with the Department of Public Safety. The department administration will develop the criteria for building access, authorization, and distribution of after hour permits. It's also necessary that the designee maintain the utmost discretion when assigning passes and storing unused passes. To obtain a packet of After Hours Passes please contact the Department of Public Safety at any time.


After Hours Pass Monitoring

All officers, while conducting building checks or inside a building after it has been closed, will check to ensure that all building occupants encountered are authorized to be inside the building. Authorization is indicated when the subject in question has a valid After Hours Pass in their possession. It is the hope of the Department of Public Safety that this will establish a uniform procedure for ensuring the safety of persons and equipment within university buildings.

The following indicates the requirements for Faculty, staff and students while inside a University building or facility after hours:

All persons inside a building that is not open for general use must have current authorization. This authorization is in one of two forms.

  1. All staff and faculty members, with current staff or faculty identification, are authorized to be inside buildings after hours. All staff and faculty members are required to carry and present University identification upon demand by a Public Safety Officer/Staff.
  2. All students, including graduate students, and non-university employees must have in their possession, a current University identification card and an After Hours Pass for the building and room in which they are working. All students, including graduate students, and non-university employees are required to carry and present University identification upon demand by a Public Safety Officer/Staff.
  3. All officers will contact persons found inside University buildings and facilities after the normal hours of operation for that building/facility or when the officer knows that the building or facility is closed.

If a student or non-university employee is found that can not provide proper authorization as described in item 2, the person is to be escorted out of the building or facility. Persons who do not cooperate can be charged with Criminal Trespass II. Authorized individuals are not permitted to escort guests into the facility. Each person must have his or her own permit.

For staff or faculty members, the officer may use discretion in determining if in fact the person has authorization to be in the building. If they can provide picture identification (drivers license, etc.) and they have an office with their name on it or are listed in the staff directory for that building. The officer may, but is not required to allow them to remain, but are to instruct them to carry their University identification in the future.

An After Hours Pass allows a student to remain inside a building after it closes. It does not grant access to a building after it has been closed. Officers are not to provide access to a building or facility for use because a student has an after hours permit. Dispatchers will instruct the student as to this policy if contacted by a student requesting access.

Department of Public Safety Services

Safety Related Services
  • 24-hour Public Assistance
  • Building Access
  • Building and Perimeter Security
  • Incident and Emergency Response
  • Student Medical Transport to Student Health Center
  • Vehicle Jump-Start (after hours) and Vehicle Unlock

Safety/Crime Prevention Programs
  • Blue Light Emergency Telephones 
  • Resident Hall Emergency Telephones
  • Class Room Emergency Red Telephones
  • Bicycle Safety - Registration (PDF Form)
  • Crime Alert Notices
  • Crime Prevention Education Information
  • Liaison Program - OSP/DPS and Residence Halls, Cooperative Houses and Cultural Centers
  • Special Event Monitoring
  • Auxiliary Security Coordination
  • Student Security Patrol
  • Security Inspections and Consultation
  • Lost and Found (Items valued over $100 and bicycles)

Educational Programs

Along with providing traditional law enforcement services, Oregon State Police and the Department of Public Safety are committed to many crime prevention programs that are available to OSU community members at no cost.

Oregon State Police/Department of Public Safety coordinate and co-sponsor educational and crime prevention programs with Counseling & Psychological Services, the Women's Center, Student Leadership & Involvement, Recreational Sports, University Housing & Dining Services and the Athletics Department.

Some of these programs include:

  • Alcohol and Other Drug Education
  • Personal Security Presentations
  • Public Information
  • Sexual Assault Awareness

Operation ID

The Operation ID program encourages documentation and engraving of personal property, equipment and bicycles on campus. The program will help to deter theft and aid in returning recovered property. On this form you will list descriptions of valuable items, serial numbers and any owner engraved identification. If any item is stolen and you have the serial number, the item can be entered in a national Law Enforcement computer system and can be identified anywhere in the United States.

If you need to use an engraver to mark a number on your items, they are available at all residence halls, co-ops and the Department of Public Safety Office. They may be checked out at no cost to students, faculty, and staff. If you have questions, please call 7-3010 or 541-737-3010.

Please use this fillable PDF document to catalog your personal property, this will help in returning your items in the event they are stolen.

Personal Safety Training

Crime Prevention Presentations
  • Personal Safety Talks: We will meet with student, faculty or staff groups to discuss concerns about crimes on and around campus. We can show you basic precautions that may help to reduce your chances of being victimized.
  • Bicycle Registration (PDF Form): The Department of Public Safety will register your bike for free. When we arrest a thief with your bike this record will enable us to identify you as the owner and get your property back to you.
  • Alcohol Abuse/Awareness: Officers from the Oregon State Police will present educational talks on the negative effects of alcohol abuse. These presentations include photographic slides of vehicle accidents where alcohol was a contributing factor, not for the timid.
  • Patrol and Enforcement: Officers with the Department of Public Safety and Oregon State Police patrol campus buildings and grounds continuously in an effort to deter criminal acts and to apprehend those who will not be detered.

Department Information

Mission & Responsibilities

Oregon State University aspires to stimulate a lasting attitude of inquiry, openness and social responsibility. To meet these aspirations, we're committed to providing excellent academic programs, educational experiences and creative scholarship.


Department of Public Safety - Mission

The mission of the Department of Public Safety is to provide a safe campus for students, faculty, staff, and visitors of Oregon State University; to facilitate Oregon State University's educational, research, and community service goals; and to provide these services with the highest standards of professionalism.


Oregon State Police - Mission

The mission of the Oregon State Police is to develop, promote, and maintain protection of people, property, and natural resources of the State, and to enhance the safety and livability by serving and protecting its citizens and visitors through leadership, action, and coordination of Oregon's public safety resources.


Partnership

Oregon State Police and the Department of Public Safety work in partnership to provide a safe campus for students, faculty, staff and visitors of Oregon State University; in order to facilitate the educational, research and community service goals of the university and provide these services with the highest standards of professionalism.

While the Oregon State University community and the city of Corvallis are considered friendly and relatively safe communities, neither is immune to the realities of the world. A safe and secure environment is made possible through each member of the Oregon State University community's involvement in crime prevention and sensible behavior.

In order to have a safe and successful Oregon State University experience, each person must take responsibility to recognize one's own vulnerability to crime and reduce risks through preventive action and cooperation with Oregon State Police and the Department of Public Safety.


Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police are uniformed officers who are responsible for law enforcement, criminal investigations, traffic enforcement, bicycle enforcement, accident response, crowd control and crime prevention. Oregon State Police's authority to act comes from the Oregon Revised Statutes.


Department of Public Safety

Department of Public Safety officers patrol the campus and are responsible for the protection and safety of persons, property and buildings on University property. They accomplish their mission through regular patrols of buildings and grounds, as well as through campus crime prevention and safety education programs. DPS officers also conduct investigations, respond to campus incidents, building alarms, injuries or illnesses, fires, safety hazards and calls for assistance. Duties also include enforcing University regulations and coordinating with OSP on campus to provide assistance as needed.


Services

Uniformed OSP/DPS officers provide services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These services include:

  • Emergency response to:
    • Crimes in Progress
    • Life threatening incidents
  • Patrol:
    • Marked Police Cars
    • Unmarked Police Cars
    • Bicycles
    • Foot Patrols
  • Departmental/Internal Investigations
  • Crime and incident reporting that routinely provides data to:
    • Interested Community Members
    • State of Oregon
    • Local/State/Federal Agencies
  • Campus Security Act

Values & Principles

The Department of Public Safety/Oregon State Police strives to enhance the safety of the community by serving and protecting the community members and visitors through leadership, action, education and service. The employees of the Department of Public Safety/Oregon State Police conduct themselves at the highest level of professionalism in order to demonstrate their belief and support of the University's Values of Accountability, Diversity, Respect, Responsibility and Truth.

For years our nation's courts have been using four basic principles in an effort to sustain the balance between the individual and the state's interest in our public colleges and universities.

These compelling principles are:

  • Health & Safety
  • Property Loss & Damage
  • Educational Work Environment
  • Legitimate Educational Purpose 

Therefore, the rationale for any and all rules, policies, and procedures are based on these principles and will be applied to all individuals with regard to their rights and responsibilities in the university system. It is expected that all community members conduct themselves in keeping with the standards of the university.


Organization & Operation

Department of Public Safety:

The operating funds of the Department of Public Safety come from two sources: 1) General Education Funds and 2) Sales & Services Income/Internal Sales Reimbursements. The Department of Public Safety patrols the campus and is responsible for the protection and safety of persons, property and buildings on campus. This mission is accomplished through campus crime prevention and safety education programs along with regular patrols of buildings and grounds. The department also conducts investigations, responds to campus incidents, building alarms, injuries or illnesses, fires, safety hazards and calls for assistance. DPS also enforces University regulations and coordinates with OSP on campus to provide assistance as needed.

Oregon State Police

As a contracted agency of the University, the Oregon State Police operating resources come from the General Fund. Budgeted resources from the University are allocated to cover the payroll costs as the department meets the requirements for staff coverage as outlined in the contract. Oregon State Police supports the OSP University Program through the funding of supplies, special police services (detectives, arson investigators, crime scene forensic services, computer forensic services and explosive disposal), officer training, evidence technician support and other professional law enforcement services. Having a law enforcement agency that is part of the greater organization of the Oregon State Police benefits Oregon State University. OSP has the highest standards of training of any law enforcement agency in the state and as a result, the officers who serve the OSU community are highly effective in policing the university environment.

The Oregon State Police of the University Patrol Office have the responsibility to provide all police services to the students, faculty and visitors of the Oregon State University Campus. Officers have full police powers to enforce all State Laws. They conduct criminal investigations, have power to arrest for traffic and criminal violations of the law and are proactive in campus safety programs. OSP has primary jurisdiction on all Oregon State University owned properties throughout the State of Oregon.

The Oregon State Police provide premier law enforcement services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with a compliment of 10 officers. OSP endeavors to provide quality law enforcement and educational programs complementary to the University mission of education, research and community services. The State Police work closely with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies (Corvallis Police Department, Benton County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Liquor Control Commission, Federal Bureau of Investigation, etc.) in a collaborative effort to prevent regional crime and the apprehension of criminal suspects.

Goals & Standards

The members of Department of Public Safety/Oregon State Police are collectively working to provide excellent service to the university community and to respond to the organizational and financial challenges presented to us.

  • Within a 24/7 schedule, provide service in partnership with Oregon State Police at the highest level of professional standards.
  • Provide the campus community with the highest standard of law enforcement service.
  • Provide specialized security service to organizations and university departments.
  • Provide educational services to community members that assist them in learning about crime prevention and risk reduction.
  • Through a comprehensive training program, provide OSP/DSP staff with high-level skill sets to provide excellent service efforts.
  • Through regular review, DPS officers are aware of their range of authority and the Oregon Administrative Rules that they are required to explain and enforce.
  • Through regular review, OSP officers are aware of their range of authority and the Oregon Revised Statutes that they are required to explain and enforce.

The Oregon State University Campus Community is a place to grow academically and personally. The University Campus, like any other community, has its share of accidents, crimes and injuries. The Department of Public Safety and the Oregon State Police are committed to providing the highest standard of professionalism and services on behalf of this great University and the surrounding community we serve and remaining good stewards of the resources of the State of Oregon.

DPS Staff

Department of Public Safety Staff

A safe and secure environment is made possible through each member of the Oregon State University community's involvement in crime prevention and sensible behavior. The Department of Public Safety assists the members of the community in creating a good environment by having a well trained staff, policy enforcement, providing educational programs regarding security and risk reduction, as well as assisting its members in problem solving.

All officers of the Department of Public Safety are private citizens and are designated Persons in Charge by the Oregon State University administration. Under ORS 352.360 and as limited by management, Public Safety employees shall have the authorities and immunities provided by this statute to enforce Oregon Administrative Rules pertaining to parking, bicycle, skate, in-line skates, skateboard and scooter regulations. Public Safety employees who have been commissioned as Special Campus Safety Officers under ORS 352.385 shall have the authorities and immunities provided by this statute and shall perform the duties of this assignment as defined by management.

Each officer is required to attend the Department of Public Safety Standards, Training Academy and undergo continuing training to upgrade their skills. Officers are trained in first aid, CPR and emergency medical procedures as first responders. Department of Public Safety officers patrol Oregon State University campus and residential areas on bicycles, on foot and in a cruiser 24 hours a day and are responsible for the protection and safety of persons, property and buildings on campus. They accomplish their mission through regular patrols of buildings and grounds and through campus crime prevention and safety education programs. They also conduct investigations, respond to campus incidents, building alarms, injuries or illnesses, fires, safety hazards, and calls for assistance: enforce University regulations; and coordinate with OSP on campus to provide assistance as needed.


Department Patches

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Administrative Staff

Suzy Tannenbaum, Director
Chuck Yutzie, Lieutenant
Jared Bilyeu, Sergeant
Stephanie Kerst, Office Manager / Dispatch Operations

Dispatchers

Stephanie Howard, Lead
Jasmin Powell
Amy Johnson
Jennifer Collinsworth
Justin Lewis
Arielle Romo
Jessica Olson

Special Campus Public Safety Officers

Scott Andrade
Steve Beaudoin
Nick Larsen

Campus Public Safety Officers

Michael Calascibetta
Michael Mitchell
Dean Fritz
Laurie Fletcher
Brady Esch

OSP Staff

The Oregon State Police of the University Patrol Office have the responsibility to provide all police services to the students, faculty and visitors to the Oregon State University Campus. Officers have full police powers to enforce all State Laws. They conduct criminal investigations, have power to arrest for traffic and criminal violations of the law and are proactive in campus safety programs. OSP has primary jurisdiction on all Oregon State University owned properties throughout the State of Oregon.

The Oregon State Police provide law enforcement services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with a compliment of 10 officers. OSP endeavors to provide quality law enforcement and educational programs complementary to the University mission of education, research and community services. The State Police work closely with local law enforcement agencies in a collaborative effort to prevent regional crime and the apprehension of criminal suspects.

The Oregon State University Campus Community is a place to grow academically and personally. The University Campus, like any other community, has its share of accidents, crimes and injuries. The Oregon State Police, the Department of Public Safety and the Campus Administration are committed to providing the highest standard of professionalism and services on behalf of this great University and the surrounding community we serve.

Oregon State Police Staff

Lt. Eric Judah, Station Commander
Sgt. Huff Meyer, Assistant Station Commander
Sr. Trooper I. Gardner
Sr. Trooper C. Graves
Sr. Trooper H. Meyr
Sr. Trooper K. Katsikis 
Trooper B. Gardner
Trooper R. Vu 
Trooper J. Wolfenbarger

Trooper M. Richmond

Security Camera Policy

Purpose & Scope

Oregon State University operates security cameras for the purpose of creating a safer environment for all those who live, work and visit campus.  This policy provides guidelines for the purchase, placement, operation of security cameras, purpose of their use, the storage and use of video and image data from these cameras at OSU. All public space electronic video surveillance equipment used by Oregon State University will be in accordance with state, local and federal law.

Security cameras are strategically placed throughout the OSU community to meet the specific needs of departments and for the purpose of assisting the OSU Department of Public Safety to deter crime, manage emergency response situations and investigate suspected criminal behavior.


Prohibited Activity

Security camera use will be conducted in a professional, ethical and legal manner.  Security cameras will not be used in areas where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.  Video monitoring shall not be used to harass, intimidate or discriminate against any individual or group.


Public Notification

Security cameras will be marked in a conspicuous manner to inform the public that the area is under video surveillance.


Review of Video Data

Authorization to retrieve and review recorded information pertaining to law enforcement need is restricted to each department’s Dean or Director and the Director of the OSU Department of Public Safety.


Monitoring

Viewing of any security camera feed (live or recorded), meant solely for security purposes will only be permitted with the express permission of the department’s Dean or Director, in consultation with the Director of Public Safety.  DPS will be given access to all campus security cameras for use during campus emergencies. Departments may install and view camera feeds for purposes related to business, education or support needs.


Public and other Agency Requests

Any requests for recorded video images that come from non-OSU employees will be promptly submitted to the Office of General Counsel and the Director of Public Safety.  Every reasonable effort should be made to preserve the data requested until the request has been finally processed by the Office of General Counsel.

Public and media requests for video images captured by security cameras will be made available only to the extent required by law.  In many cases, especially where a student is identifiable, a subpoena will be required.


Media Storage Guidelines

Only individuals authorized by DPS or the department’s Dean/Director (in consultation with DPS), will have access to stored security camera video and images.  Security camera video and images should be stored for a period of not less than 14 days and thereafter may be erased, if not otherwise required for any related investigation, claim or other University need.


Equipment and Software Specifications

Departments wishing to install or use security cameras are responsible for the purchase of all necessary equipment including cameras, wiring, servers and software.

Any video recording software purchases made after January 1, 2013, must be approved by DPS to meet a specific software standard.  The software standard can be obtained through the OSU Department of Public Safety.


Upkeep of Surveillance Cameras

The departments are responsible for the upkeep of the security cameras and recording systems they purchase.  Departments purchasing security cameras and recording systems shall designate at least one Departmental Camera Custodian as the main DPS contact for technical and day-to-day operations of the security cameras purchased.

Building Access

Building and Residence Hall Access Policy

Access to Campus Facilities: Most campus buildings and facilities are accessible to the university community and visitors from 7:00am-6:00pm Monday-Friday. Each building on campus has an individual schedule of openings and closings. Only staff with ID and students with After-Hour Passes and current IDs are allowed in buildings after closing hours. Persons in buildings without proper ID and/or authorization will be escorted from the building. Failure to leave the premises may initiate a citation or arrest for criminal trespass. Students and staff allowing access to non-authorized persons may lose after-hours privileges.

Residential Facilities: OSU residential facilities available to students are residence halls, cooperative houses, family housing and the College Inn. Services and programs intended to enhance the quality of life and assure the security and safety of the resident students are a joint responsibility of residents and residential life staff. Residents are issued a key which provides them 24-hour access. Guest visiting policies are described in the Residential Handbook & Planner. Contact your assigned hall/coop staff or University Housing & Dining Services for policy information.

All residence halls have live-in hall directors and residence assistants (RA). It is important that hall residents lock doors and notify their on-duty RA or Oregon State Police/Department of Public Safety at 541-737-7000 or 7-7000 if they observe any unusual persons or incidents. Information regarding the policies and procedures for the residence halls and cooperative houses are described more thoroughly in the Residence Hall Handbook & Planner. Security, safety and crime prevention involving locking of individual rooms, building entrances, theft prevention and personal safety are discussed with residents in crime prevention presentations. Presentations are given by Oregon State Police/Department of Public Safety, in hall/floor/house meetings, OSU Connect Orientation, Odyssey Classes, special sessions and events as well as in printed materials and posters.

During holidays most residential facilities are closed. Those students who must remain on campus during these times are moved temporarily to other residential facilities until the halls are re-opened.

In addition to the publication of the document Campus Crime Report, Building Security is published in the Residential Life Handbook and Planner that is issued to every residential student and available on the University Housing & Dining Services web page.

Building Security: All residence halls and some cooperatives are locked 24 hours a day. Keeping doors locked is important; don't open the doors for strangers or leave side doors propped open. Carry your keys when leaving your room or the building.

Take care of your keys. Don't loan them to other people or leave them where they might be taken. Keys are checked out only to assigned residents of each room.

How Security Issues are Considered in the Maintenance of Campus Facilities:

The Department of Public Safety promotes and responds to requests for office, building, and/or workspace site assessments and provides the inquirer feedback regarding the needs and methods by which to secure the identified space. These assessments include a review of security hardware, university/personal property security and workspace security. In addition to these crime prevention activities, the Department of Public Safety notifies building managers of observed security problems through the delivery of a Security Notification. This message indicates the finding of a propped door, broken window, non-functioning lock or other such facility related security risks.

When the university requires maintenance and renovation work from a contracted company, the company must follow specified security standards and precautions. This information is provided to the contracted company by the Department of Facility Services.

University Keys

Keys are provided to authorized staff and some students who require access to campus buildings/areas after closing hours. If an issued key is lost, misplaced, stolen or you are unable to retrieve a key on request, you are required to report it immediately to The Department of Public Safety at 541-737-3010 or 7-3010 as well as the OSU Key Shop at 541-737-3565 or 7-3565. All keys are issued through the Key Shop and may not be duplicated, transferred or loaned to others. Keys are the property of Oregon State University and must be surrendered to departments, the OSU Key Shop or the Department of Public Safety on demand. Good key control by departments and persons issued keys is important in the prevention of crime in our buildings.

Employment Opportunities

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