Reminder: Campus Safety Forums

A quick reminder that the campus safety and security listening forums are happening this week with outside consults Margolis Healy. Please plan to attend at least one session this week and bring a friend! #DisarmPSU

Campus Safety and Security Listening Forums 

PSU students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend a series of nine listening forums to hear from about campus safety and security.

The 90-minute forums will be held at different times on Tuesday, Oct. 30, Wednesday, Oct. 31 and Thursday, Nov. 1 to accommodate different schedules. The listening sessions are organized by Margolis Healy, an independent security consulting firm PSU has hired to review campus safety.

The consultant wants input from across campus as they begin their review of security policies and procedures such as Campus Public Safety Office staffing and resources, officer training, the relationship with local law enforcement and what may have changed over time since PSU’s Board of Trustees approved a sworn, armed police force in December 2014.

All the forums will take place at PSU’s Academic and Student Recreation Center (ASRC), Room 515. There also will be an online survey available next week for those who cannot attend the forums but would like to provide feedback.

Here is the schedule of the listening sessions:

Tuesday, Oct. 30

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m.   – 5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.   – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 31

8:30 a.m.   – 10:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. –  1:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m.   – 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 1

8:00 a.m.   – 9:30 a.m.
10:00 a.m. –  11:30 a.m.
12:00 p.m. –  1:30 p.m.

The members of the Board of Trustees and the president have made it clear that they have an open mind about how they move forward with campus safety. After the listening sessions next week, the team from Margolis Healy will conduct a comprehensive review, including potential alternatives to an armed police force. The Margolis Healy safety report and recommendations will be public once they are submitted to PSU’s Board of Trustees.

Margolis Healy has experience and expertise in campus safety and was selected on the unanimous recommendation of PSU’s 15-member University Public Safety Oversight Committee, which is comprised of students, faculty, staff and members of the greater Portland community. The committee will work with the consultant and provide a review of the safety report once it is completed.

A second independent review also is being conducted by a separate consultant, the OIR Group, national experts in independent police oversight and review. That review investigates the June 29th fatal officer-involved shooting of Jason Washington to help us determine what we can learn from that tragic event.

“Mr. Washington’s death continues to weigh heavily on all of us at Portland State and our greater community,” said PSU President Rahmat Shoureshi.  “I urge you to participate in the upcoming listening forums, or if you are unable to do so, please respond to the online survey on campus safety going out next week.”

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