Emergency Procedures

The two most important resources during an emergency are Hall Staff and Public Safety. For a full description of what procedures to follow in an emergency, students may consult the Emergency & Public Safety Resource Guide, available on the Public Safety website.

It is important for all students living in or visiting residence halls to know the emergency routes from the room and hall. Students should also know where fire extinguishers are located and how to operate one. Students are encouraged to learn basic first aid and CPR.


In the event of a fire, students should activate the nearest fire alarm and evacuate the building. Students should be sure to close their doors as they exit, and must follow all directions of staff members. Failure to do so is unsafe and may lead to action through the student conduct process.


Students should be aware of tall and heavy objects in their room that could shift or fall in the event of an earthquake. Objects above beds and desks are particularly dangerous and students should set up their room to avoid these hazards. During an earthquake, students should not enter or exit a building during shaking. If inside, students should move away from windows, unsecured furniture, and other heavy objects and brace themselves in doorways or under heavy furniture. If outside, students should position themselves away from buildings, trees, utility poles, and power lines.

Bomb Threat or Suspicious Packages

Contact Public Safety immediately by calling (503) 943-4444 or call 911 and follow all directions.

Crime in Progress or Suspicious Person(s)

Students should not attempt to interfere with a criminal unless in an attempt to protect themselves. If possible, students should attempt to get a good description of the person and should call Public Safety at (503) 943-4444 or call 911.