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PLU Campus Safety
Fall Safety Reminders

To All PLU Students

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Fall Safety Reminders

Remember that good personal safety habits can greatly reduce your chance of being a victim. Campus Safety offers many safety and security services. Together we can help maintain a safe campus environment.

Safety On Campus

Personal Safety

The PLU community works hard to look out for the safety and welfare of its members and of the surrounding community.  This commitment to safety can take many forms.  Just as we take it as our responsibility to look after the environment by watching our energy use and recycling, let us take the responsibility to look after ourselves and our personal property by observing a few precautions:

  • Buddy up when walking off campus so you have somebody who has "got your back".  Listen to your inner warning voice if you feel a situation is not normal.
  • Make a call to Campus Safety if you feel another person is in danger, might not belong in your residence hall, or might be up to some mischief.  Most of the time your instincts will be correct, so act on them.
  • Do not prop open outside doors; close propped doors if you find them.
  • Always lock your own room, whether you are in it or not.
  • If you bring a car to campus, register it with Campus Safety.  Only park in the lots permitted by your decal.  Never leave anything in your car that is visible from the outside.
Safety Around Campus

Walking Escorts and Shuttle Program

Our Escort and Shuttle service is available to provide a walking escort on campus or a ride within the PLU perimeter.  The walking escort is available 24/7, all year long.  The Shuttle program was created to provide students with safe transportation around the campus.  It is not intended to be used as a means for routine transportation.  Remember that at peak times, such as Friday and Saturday evenings, your wait might be longer than usual.  We will let you know when you call how soon the shuttle can be there.

Off-Campus Parties


Be Safe...

  • If you choose to attend a party, only go where you know the host and those attending.
  • If you choose to host a party, only admit those you know.
  • Provide water and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • If you choose to drink, drink in moderation.
  • Discourage "drinking games" as these tend to take people out of responsible drinking behavior.
  • Don't share beverage containers.  Avoid the flu.
  • Help each person maintain control over his/her behavior.
  • Avoid risking an MIP, DUI, or open container arrest.
  • Remember the "Green Dot" program and interact.
  • Be sure everyone gets home safely and receives any assistance he/she may need.  Use the Buddy System for going to and coming home from parties. Make sure you don't leave a friend alone.
  • If there is a life/death emergency, call 911 immediately and indicate the nature of the emergency.  Then, call Campus Safety at x7911 (on-campus) or 253-535-7911 (off-campus) for additional assistance.

Be Legal...

  • If serving alcohol, be sure everyone is of legal age.
  • Be sure no one charges for entrance, sells or takes "donations" for alcohol.
  • Use a designated driver who does not drink.
  • Cooperate with all law enforcement officials, including Campus Safety.

Be Neighborly...

  • Hold the party indoors (tarps that block entrance or exit are illegal).
  • Let neighbors know in advance of your plans.
  • Be considerate of your neighbors' property and sleep.
  • Clean up afterwards.

Pierce County Sheriff's Deputies

On most days/nights of the week, PLU employs off-duty sheriff deputies to work for the university in patrolling the campus perimeter.  If you need assistance from a deputy, you can call Campus Safety and they will work with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department to expedite assistance.

Reporting Emergencies / Assistance

Emergencies

To report an emergency of any type while off-campus, please call 911. For life threatening on-campus emergencies, call 911, and then follow that with a call to Campus Safety’s emergency line at x7911 (on campus phone) or 253-535-7911 from your cell phone. We will facilitate the response from emergency services. If you are near one of the many Emergency Blue Phones around campus, use them for immediate contact to the Campus Safety office.

Blue Light Phones

These phones are located throughout campus and in many of the parking lots.  They are identified by their tall and thin towers with the word “EMERGENCY” printed on them.  You can use the phone to call for a shuttle, an escort, or for help in case of an emergency.  Each phone connects directly to Campus Safety.

Policy Reminders

Alcohol:

  • Alcohol is prohibited on campus, regardless of age, with certain strict exceptions within resident rooms in South Hall and Kreidler Hall.  The PLU Student Code of Conduct outlines these policies and the intersection with student behavior off-campus.
  • Disruptive behavior on campus due to alcohol consumption is a PLU policy violation.
  • It is against Washington State Law to provide alcohol to minors or to sell alcohol without a license.
  • Arrest or citation for violation of alcohol related laws may affect your future career plans (e.g. teaching certificate or professional license).
  • In addition to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, the Washington State Liquor Control Board enforcement officers routinely work the Parkland area.  They will enforce the law.

Marijuana:

  • Marijuana use and/or possession is prohibited on the PLU campus.  PLU is obliged to follow federal law that prohibits marijuana use – as are all colleges and universities that accept and offer federal financial aid.  Therefore, marijuana (cannabis) will continue to be considered an Illegal Drug under the terms of the PLU Student Code of Conduct.
  • Students who apply for and receive federal financial aid are at risk of losing their aid eligibility if they are convicted of drug possession or drug trafficking.
  • For student athletes, marijuana remains a substance banned by the NCAA, no matter where students live. 

Tobacco:

The PLU Student Code of Conduct outlines these policies, as well as the intersection of the PLU Student Rights and Responsibilities System and student behavior off-campus

Should you need any further information, I encourage you to call the Campus Safety office at 253-535-7441 or visit the Campus Safety web site.

Have a great and safe fall semester.

Greg Premo
Director of Campus Safety
Contract City Chief, Pierce County Sheriff's Department

PLU Campus Safety
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA 98447
253-535-7441

campussafety@plu.edu

www.plu.edu/campus-safety

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