Safety and Security

University of Portland is tucked away along a bluff overlooking the Willamette River in a quiet community neighborhood. It is a safe and inviting place to hold your conference. University of Portland Campus Safety patrol outside the residence halls at night and Summer Conferences Housing staff will post their available times daily. Building entrances are locked 24 hours a day. For extra precaution, please note the following safety tips:

  • Do not prop outside doors. This allows access into the buildings by unauthorized people.
  • Tell your guests to know their neighbors. If a guest finds someone on their floor that they do not recognize as a part of your camp, particularly if they are behaving suspiciously, they should report it immediately to a camp staff member, chaperone or Conference staff.
  • Tell guests to always lock their room and carry their room key.
  • Do not leave money, wallets, purses, or other valuables in plain sight. Put them in a drawer or closet where they are not visible or accessible to someone casually walking by guest rooms.
  • Do not invite strangers into guest rooms or conference halls.
  • Do not hang out windows or go out on window ledges.
  • Use fire escape landings for emergency purposes only. Do not hang, sit, or play on or around the fire escape balcony railing.
  • Do not endanger others or create a mess by throwing food or other objects out the window or off balconies.

For emergencies only, call 503.943.4444 from campus phones or use emergency phones located in the buildings.

University of Portland Policies 

Animal Control

Animals are not allowed in any campus building, including residence buildings, with the exception of guide or service dogs, animals used specifically in academic or research programs, or by special permissions given by the University Events staff. Pets must be registered with the appropriate government agency, under direct control of their owners at all times and remain outdoors. Pets may not be tethered and left unattended. Pets may not be left in closed vehicle on campus.


In accordance with Oregon law, providing alcohol to any person who is under the age of 21 or who is visibly intoxicated is prohibited. Any person under 21 years of age is likewise prohibited from possessing or consuming alcohol. Public visible intoxication is a violation of this policy; intoxication to the point of incapacitation at any age is a violation of this policy, regardless of the location. Violations of this policy will be forwarded to the University Events staff and may results in loss of University of Portland housing privileges.

Alcohol in Private Spaces

  • Private space is defined as a room in a residence hall.
  • Participants in a gathering that takes place in a private space, and that space’s occupants, are responsible for abiding by federal, state, and local laws and College polices. Providing alcohol to a person under 21 years of age, the consumption of alcohol by a person under 21 years of age, the possession of alcohol by a person under 21 years of age, or hosting an event where such activities occur is prohibited in private spaces. Persons under 21 years of age are not permitted to host events involving alcohol in private spaces.
  • Common source alcohol containers (e.g. kegs, vats, etc.) and the devices commonly known as beer bongs are prohibited in private spaces.

Alcohol in Public Spaces

  • A public space is defined as any location on campus other than residential rooms. Public spaces include but are not limited to hallways, loungers, bathrooms and study rooms in the residential facilities, campus grounds, athletics fields, student organization offices and facilities and all other college buildings, grounds and vehicles.
  • Alcohol may only be served or consumed in public spaces at a registered event, with prior approval from the University Events office staff and in accordance with applicable University of Portland policies and procedures.
  • The University of Portland prohibits any person from carrying open containers of alcohol in public spaces, outside of specifically approved areas at registered events.

Smoke – Free Environment Policy

The University of Portland is committed to making our campus environment a healthier place to learn, work and live; no member of the University of Portland should be subject to the secondary smoke of another who chooses to smoke. Effective in 2014, the University of Portland allows smoking only in 6 designated smoking areas (DSAs) located across campus. The map of the DSAs is included at the back of this Visitor’s Guide. Ignition of fire in an unauthorized location or an unauthorized manner is prohibited. Acts which result in the ignition or potential ignition of a fire which causes property damage, or which could be reasonably expected to cause damage are prohibited. Aiding another in such acts is prohibited. Open flame or embers of any kind (e.g. candles, lanterns, incense sticks, lit coals, fireworks, etc.) are prohibited in campus buildings, unless specifically approved by the University Events office staff. Possession or use of fireworks is prohibited on campus. Violation of this policy will be forwarded to the University Events office staff and may result in loss of University of Portland housing.

Disorderly Conduct

Loud, aggressive, or other behavior which disrupts or obstructs the orderly functioning of the College or disturbs the peace and/or comfort of person(s) on campus or on College owned or controlled property is prohibited.

Sexual Misconduct

The University of Portland is committed to providing a learning environment free of all forms of abuse, assault, harassment, and coercive conduct, including sexual misconduct. Survivors of sexual misconduct may contact Portland Police at 911 or the Portland Sexual Assault Resource Center, (503) 640-5311.

Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia

Use, sale, purchase, transfer, possession, manufacture, distribution, dispensing of narcotics or other controlled substances, except expressly permitted by law, is prohibited on the University of Portland premises. Conference and youth camp staff, volunteers and participants shall comply with this College policy. The College reserves the right to remove any and all persons from the College facilities or otherwise separate those persons from the institution whenever there may be a threat to the safety, health, or well-being of the College or a member of the college community, drug-related or otherwise.


Possessions of weapons is prohibited on the campus. University policy defines “weapon” as any instrument, article, or substance which is specifically designed for and presently capable of causing death, incapacitation, or serious physical injury. This includes but is not limited to: firearms, firearm ammunition, explosive devices (both incendiary and chemical), knives having a blade that swings into position by force of spring or centrifugal force (commonly known as switchblades) and knives (other than pocket knives) with blades longer than 3.5 inches, metal knuckles, straight razors, blackjacks, saps, sap gloves, koshes, bludgeons, martial arts stars and weapons of the type commonly known as nunchucks. Campus Safety officers have the right to secure weapons from persons in violation of this policy. These weapons will be secured in the Campus Safety office until the person is prepared to remove them from campus. Persons who possess a concealed weapons permit are NOT allowed to carry weapons on the private property of the University of Portland’s campus. Possessing a weapon for the purpose of sport, hunting, personal protection, or any other benign reason will not exempt a person from this policy.