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PLU Campus Safety
Your Safety at PLU

To All PLU Students

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Welcome Back to Campus!

On behalf of the Campus Safety office at PLU, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all new students and a hearty welcome back to returning students, faculty, and staff.  Campus Safety is dedicated to making your transition or return to campus as pleasant, and safe, as possible.

Our office, located in the basement of Harstad Hall (north side), is open all day and night, all year long.  For general assistance, you may contact us at x7441 from on-campus phones or at 253-535-7441 from anywhere else, including your cell phone.  In emergency situations, please view the section below.  We recommend that you take a quick second to program these numbers into your phone so that it is handy when you might need it. 

Reporting Emergencies / Assistance


Should you need to report an emergency of any type while off-campus, please call 911.  For on-campus emergencies, call x7911 from on-campus phones or 253-535-7911 from your cell phone, after calling 911.  This will allow Campus Safety to assist victims or assess the situation and assist first responders with the emergency.  If you are near one of the many Emergency Blue Phones around campus, you may use them for immediate contact to the Campus Safety office.  Again, please program the emergency number into your phone so that it is available if you need it.

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. Use them to request an escort or report an emergency. Each phone connects directly to Campus Safety.

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. This service operates from 4 PM to 3 AM daily. 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.
  • 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.

Safety On Campus

You may already know...but, did you know this:


  • Alcohol is prohibited on campus, regardless of age, with certain strict exceptions within resident rooms in South Hall and Kreidler Hall. 
  • 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 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. 


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

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.
Emergency Preparations

Emergency drills will take place on campus this fall.  Emergency Evacuation Drills (commonly known as Fire Drills) will happen in academic buildings and residence halls.  Although these can be inconvenient, it is important for you to practice what you would do in a real situation. 

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



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