From: Greg Premo, Director of Campus Safety
Fall Safety Reminders
It is the Campus Safety department's goal to provide the service you need so that your time can be used for studying, activities, and friendships. For all of us at PLU to be as safe and secure as possible, we need to know that the safety of our campus community is not a spectator sport. Now that the weather is turning and it is getting dark earlier, your eyes and ears are even more important to us and our shared goal of making our campus as worry-free as possible. Here are a few safety tips for your review:
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.
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 and 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.
Campus Escort/Shuttle Service
Campus Safety can provide a walking escort on campus, or a ride within a designated perimeter around PLU, to enhance personal safety. Students often use this service after dark, however it is available 24/7 all year long. Call 253-535-7441 to arrange a ride or for assistance.
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.
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.
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.
Director of Campus Safety
Contract City Chief, Pierce County Sheriff's Department