PLU is committed to providing an environment that provides security for persons and property without unduly burdensome polices and practices. No absolute guarantee of individual safety or security of property is possible, but with the cooperation of students, faculty, staff, and visitors, it is possible to provide a level of security that is reasonable, effective, and relatively unobtrusive. All members of the university community are expected to familiarize themselves with campus security policies and procedures, adhere to those policies and procedures, and immediately report violations.

Please refer to the Student Handbook for PLU student policies, the Student Conduct page for conduct procedures, and the University Dispute Resolution Committee for grievance procedures.


Criminal activity of any kind, even activity that appears suspicious, is to be reported to Campus Safety in person at Harstad Hall ground floor room G-28, or by phone at x7441 (535-7441 off-campus). In the case of an emergency, calls should be made to x7911 (off-campus call 911). The Campus Safety office is always open and Safety Officers are always available to help you. Reports of criminal activity on campus should also be reported to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department with assistance from Campus Safety.

Pacific Lutheran University places a high priority on the safety and security of all members of the campus community. As such, it is university policy to notify members of the campus community of any reported crime(s) that are determined to pose a threat to the safety of students or employees. The Vice-President and Dean for Student Life, in consultation with the Director of Campus Safety, is responsible for determining the need for and implementing timely campus notification. Notification will be made as soon as pertinent information is gathered and confirmed. Means of notification may include campus text message alerts, voice mail, email, postings, or mailings.

Be a good witness:

If you contact Campus Safety to report a crime, possible crime or concern, please be detailed and specific. Please try to be able to provide detailed information to assist us in providing better service. Our response to a ‘suspicious individual’ will vary depending on if we are told that the person is standing around as opposed to looking into car windows. A detailed description of a person or vehicle will allow us to quickly identify what you are referring to, as opposed to a general description of ‘a man’… this could be almost anyone. Knowing locations on campus and directions such as north, south, east and west will also assist us in tracking situations.
Please don’t let a lack of specific information deter you from reporting though! We would rather be called about a situation that turns out to not be a problem as opposed to not being called about something important.

Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Violence and Stalking

Campus Safety is one of a number of resources for anyone looking for information or wishing to file a report. We will work with staff or students that come to us in gathering information and getting them in touch with any resources that they need, including (but not limited to) the Center for Gender Equity, the Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. Additional and more detailed information on sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking can be found on the Gender Equity’s Gender Violence page.

Off campus reporting:

Alleged victims who wish to pursue criminal or civil action are encouraged to seek assistance from any of the following resources:

  • Campus Safety x7911
  • Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Pierce County: 24-Hour Crisis/Information and Referral Line
    (253) 474-7273 or 1-800-756-7273, TTY (253) 274-0448; Administrative Offices (253) 597-6424
  • Pierce County Sheriff 911
  • Routine Police Line 798-4722
  • Your local police agency (if you are away from campus)
  • Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-764-2420

Penalties for Sexual Assault: Members of the university community who violate the university’s ban on sexual assault will be subject to strict disciplinary action by the university, up to and including suspension, expulsion, or termination of employment. Both the accuser and the accused will be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary hearing involving an alleged sexual assault.