Safety and Security
Residence hall staff members work with the Department of Public Safety (UOPD) and residents to
identify and resolve security problems. Your safety and security starts with you. Crime prevention strategies
are learned behaviors. Safe behaviors learned at college will serve you well now, as well as when you set
up households of your own. We urge you to practice safety precautions as soon as you move in!
Treat Your Hall Like You Would Your Apartment or House
Do not let people into your hall or complex unless you know them.
Remember that residents are responsible and accountable for the conduct not only of themselves
but also of their guests. If someone is here to visit a resident, only that resident should be
allowing access into the residence halls. You wouldn't want someone letting an unwelcome guest into your house, so please
give your neighbors the same courtesy.
Tips on how to say "no" to unaccompanied/unescorted persons:
- Be polite and courteous.
- Be firm.
- Point the person in the direction of the call box and explain how to use it.
- If the person forgot the room owner's phone number, point the person in the direction of the Housing Service Center for assistance or call the campus operator at 6-1000.
- If you see someone suspicious, do not be confrontational, instead call UOPD or contact a Resident Assistant.
- If you experience difficulties with a stranger tell a Resident Assistant or a UOPD officer.
- UO Alert, emergency text messaging system (students can sign up via DuckWeb at: duckweb.uoregon.edu).
- One-way peepholes in each residence room door.
- Locks on all room doors and hall exterior doors.
- Security provided by the Department of Public Safety (UOPD).
- Community Service Officers (CSOs)
(students hired and trained by UOPD) patrol outside the residence halls and are equipped with two-way radios to stay in touch with UOPD.
- Official name tags for the University Housing maintenance staff members.
- Lighting surveys to assess night-time illumination levels on campus and improve lighting.
- Trimming of shrubs and trees around buildings for more visibility.
- Campus telephones at the entrance of each residence hall.
- Emergency call boxes located throughout the campus.
- Safety and security awareness programs in residence halls, as well as for other university populations.
- Opportunities for students to restrict their campus directory information.
- A shuttle service during limited evening hours, typically 6:00 p.m. to midnight, Sunday through Thursday, and 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday.
For reservation requests, students can call 541-346-RIDE, ext. 2. Any person who feels threatened can contact UOPD at 541-346-5444 for assistance, or via police.uoregon.edu.
- Trained staff members living in each residence hall.
- Complex Directors (CDs) who are on-call 24/7.
- Main housing office staff members who are available as safety resources from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Resident Assistants (RAs) who are on duty from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. weekdays and 24 hours a day on weekends.
- Resident Assistants in each community.
- Lock room doors at night, when asleep or whenever out of the room.
- Refrain from propping open exterior building doors.
- Refrain from allowing strangers into residence halls.
- Travel with others when going to remote areas of buildings or traveling on campus at night.
- Report suspicious activity or people to the
Department of Public Safety, 541-346-5444, or to residence hall staff members.
- Report crime immediately to UOPD or the Eugene Police Department.
- Report lost keys immediately, so necessary room lock changes can be made.
- Not lend keys or ID to anyone.
- Make responsible decisions about alcohol and other drugs.
- Be of legal age and responsible should they choose to consume alcohol. If students are intoxicated, they are incapable of protecting themselves.
- Look out the one-way peephole and ask who the person is before answering the door.
- Take appropriate steps to secure personal property such as bikes, cars, jewelry, cash or
- Remove opportunities for crime by being informed, alert and conscientious community members.
- Read, understand and abide by the Residence Hall Rules and Regulations (in the Residence Hall Contract), including fire safety regulations.
- Provide input to the university about how the campus can be made safer.
- Cooperate with university and police officials who are investigating
suspicious activity or criminal incidents.
- Obtain fire and theft insurance, either through their parent's homeowners
insurance or through renters insurance.
- Pull Alarm to evacuate building.
- Report fire location to Department of Public Safety by dialing 541-346-6666.
Pulling the fire alarm automatically calls Eugene Fire Department.
A false alarm is unlawful in the Eugene City Code with penalties up to 100 days imprisonment and/or $500 fine.
The University Housing Department offers a $100 reward to anyone supplying information which leads to the arrest and
conviction of a person causing a false alarm or tampering with fire safety equipment.
- Test the detector weekly by holding the test switch button in for up to 10 seconds until the alarm sounds.
The alarm may not sound immediately when you press the button.
- If the power-on indicator light on the cover glows red, the detector is receiving power.
- Notify your RA or the housing service center if the indicator light is not glowing or the
alarm does not sound.
- Alternate devices for the hearing impaired are available upon written request to University Housing.
City of Eugene regulations require University Housing to provide a smoke detector in each sleeping room and to service the detector each year.
The resident is responsible for the periodic testing of the detector and for reporting any malfunction in writing
to University Housing.