The University Public Safety Officer
Pursuant to ORS 352.385

  • All Officers have the power of arrest and the legal authority to “stop and detain” on the University Campus.
  • They have the same authority as local police, but their authority is limited to the boundaries of the campus.
  • They do not carry firearms as a policy established by the Oregon University System and ORS 352.385.
  • All Officers are trained by the Deptartment of Public Safety Standards and Training, and commissioned by Western Oregon University.
  • The Higher Education OAR and the University President have designated officers as “persons in charge” at the University.

Failure to comply with directives from a University Public Safety Officer is violation of university policy and the conduct code. This may result in discipline up to and including removal from school and/or trespassed.

Law violations, use of alcohol or drugs may result in arrest, discipline, or removal from school.

Legal Text:

ORS 352.385 Special campus security officers; authority; training; expense.

(1) The State Board of Higher Education may, at the request of any institution under its control, authorize that institution to commission one or more of its employees as special campus security officers. However, the total number of special campus security officers commissioned at the institutions in the Oregon University System shall not exceed 50. Special campus security officers shall have stop and frisk authority as set forth in ORS 131.605 to 131.625 and probable cause arrest authority and the accompanying immunities as set forth in ORS 133.310 and 133.315 when acting in the scope of their employment as defined by the State Board of Higher Education. Special campus security officers shall not be authorized to carry firearms as police officers and, except as provided in subsection (3) of this section, shall not be considered police officers for purposes of ORS 181.610, 238.005, 243.005 or 243.736.

(2) The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training shall train special campus security officers at the expense of the State Board of Higher Education.

(3) The State Board of Higher Education, acting by and through its special campus security officers, is a criminal justice agency for purposes of rules adopted pursuant to ORS 181.730 (3). [1987 c.745 §§1,2; 1995 c.364 §1; 1997 c.853 §37]




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