Campus Safety Policies

Campus Safety Policies

The following policies are in compliance with Title II of Public Law 101-542, the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act.

Marylhurst University encourages anyone with knowledge of crimes occurring on campus to report these crimes directly to the Lake Oswego Police by dialing 911 (if using a campus phone, 911 must be preceded by a 9 to access an outside line). In addition, crimes occurring on campus should be reported to the executive vice president for finance and administration. Crimes reported to the executive vice president will be investigated and, if appropriate, adjudicated by the vice president, his designee, or a campus committee.

Marylhurst University has security staff on site to assist with emergencies. Security personnel are not law enforcement officers and have no authority to act on behalf of the police. To reach security, call 503.699.6262.

The university encourages all students and employees of Marylhurst University to be responsible for their own security and the security of others. Being responsible includes reporting crimes and taking basic safety precautions such as locking cars, not leaving purses, wallets, backpacks, or other valuables unattended. After dark, walk with a companion or ask security for an escort.

In the event that a violent crime occurs on campus, Marylhurst University will provide notice through the university emergency notification system. An alert notice may be sent with the intent to warn, educate, and aid in the prevention of similar occurrences.

The safety of the campus community is paramount.

For ease of access, Marylhurst University makes available information here regarding our Campus Safety Policies. Complete details of each policy, with additional information specific to either students or employees, may be found in the Student Handbook and Employee Handbook, respectively.

Drug-free Work Place Policy

The Drug-Free Work Place Policy was established in order to provide employees, as well as students, with an environment free from the effects of drug and alcohol abuse. Marylhurst University is committed not only to the safety of all employees, but to upholding the highest quality of services offered both within and outside the Marylhurst community.

Marijuana is a controlled substance under federal law. Therefore, regardless of the legalization of marijuana in Oregon, it remains a violation of this policy if an employee engages in prohibited conduct in relation to the use of marijuana, cannabis derivatives, or synthetic cannabis.

The university recognizes that there are occasions when alcoholic beverages may be served in conjunction with certain business and social events related to the university. All such alcoholic beverages on the Marylhurst University campus must have advance approval of the reporting vice president/provost.

Key Policy

Keys may be obtained from the Office of Facilities at the request of the department head or his/her designee. Requests for keys or locks for spaces should be submitted to the facilities director and will be issued by the locksmith. All keys must be signed for by the person they are issued to and will be returned to the Office of Human Resources upon separation from employment.

Campus Pet Policy

Outside Campus Buildings
Dogs are allowed on campus grounds during regularly scheduled hours of operation. Dogs must be on leash at all times and the owner is responsible for their behavior and for picking up after them.

Inside Campus Buildings
No dogs or other pets, (except service dogs) are allowed inside any campus buildings including Aquinas Hall, BP John Administration, Davignon, St Catherine’s, Clark Commons, Shoen Library, St Anne’s Chapel, Villa Maria, Baxter Hall, O’Hara Hall, Thompson Hall, Flavia Hall, Edwin Mayer Building, Marion Hall, and Belluschi Pavilion.

Exception: Staff is allowed to bring a single well-behaved, clean, quiet, friendly, potty-trained dog to their office if it does not interfere with the professional decorum of the workplace during the following times:
1. During “Take your dog to work day” if the national designated day falls on a day when classes are not in session.
2. During school breaks when classes are not in session.

Other Conditions:
In bringing a dog to campus, the owner agrees to accept full responsibility for the behavior of the animal. Prior to bringing a dog, email permission must be granted from all co-workers working in the adjacent offices. Dogs must be up-to-date on all vaccinations and free from contagious diseases (e.g., rabies, parvo, etc.). Picking-up after the dog is required.
Employees wishing to bring pets other than dogs to campus during the approved times listed above must contact the Office of Human Resources for approval in advance.

Tobacco Use on Campus

In accordance with the Oregon Smoke-free Workplace Law, employees, faculty, students and other visitors are not allowed to smoke inside any Marylhurst University building. In addition, the law also prohibits smoking within 10 feet of entrances, exits, windows that open, and ventilation intakes of workplaces or public places. This includes the use of e-cigarettes and devices used for vaping.

Weapons Policy

University policy strictly prohibits the possession or use of weapons as defined by this policy on campus by anyone except law enforcement officials, armored car couriers, or others authorized by law or specifically authorized by the university.

A weapon means any firearm, explosive, knife, club or other object that has been designed with the intent to harm another person or property (or replica of such a firearm or object) or any object used to inflict harm to another person or property. This definition does not include objects that are authorized, designated and used in accordance with departmental policies for operational, academic and/or recreational purposes (e.g., cutlery used in dining services operations, tools used in facilities services operations, props used in the theatrical productions unless used in a way that is intended to harm another person or property). The university at its sole discretion will grant or deny the authorization and use of such objects. Staff, faculty, students or others should disclose the intended use of objects that may fall into the definition of weapon as defined by this policy. “Weapons” also include, but are not limited to: a pellet or BB gun, taser or stun gun, paintball or airsoft gun, bow and arrow, crossbow, blackjack, slingshot, billy club, sand club, sandbag, or metal knuckles (including replica or facsimile weapons), or any device capable of launching a projectile or substance) or any other devices which could reasonably be mistaken for or used as a weapon or explosive that could cause harm.

Possession includes, but is not limited to, storage in residential facilities, academic or administrative offices, lockers, desks, briefcases, or personal vehicles parked on university property. With respect to university personnel (faculty, staff, student staff, interns, and volunteers), possession of weapons on campus or while attending or participating in a university-sponsored activity off campus is subject to sanctions, up to and including termination of employment or other relationship. With respect to students, possession of weapons on campus or while attending or participating in a university-sponsored activity off campus is subject to sanctions up to and including expulsion. Sanctions will be imposed in accordance with the procedures of the Student Handbook as appropriate. With respect to visitors, possession of weapons is subject to expulsion from campus by Campus Security.

This policy does not prohibit small quantity personal protection chemical spray devices (e.g., key chain sprays) intended for defensive purposes or nail clippers with a small blade length under 1” or a small folding pocket knife with a blade length under 2.25” and a width under ½”.

Reporting Weapons

The university expects all members of and visitors to the campus community to help maintain safety and security at the institution and at university-sponsored activities off campus. All students, faculty, and staff or other representatives who have knowledge of weapons on campus and at university-sponsored activities off campus have an obligation to report that knowledge promptly by email to Campus Security Office at If you need immediate assistance dial 503.534.7000. In the case of an acute situation (immediate threat to harm self or others – violent behavior) use your best judgment of when to call 9-1-1 (9-911 from a campus phone).

Weapons Search

In cases of suspected possession of weapons by university personnel (faculty, staff, student staff, interns and volunteers), the university reserves the right to search personal belongings on university property, including but not limited to articles of clothing, purses, briefcases, bags, and vehicles. All such searches must be approved in advance by the vice president for the Vice President for Finance and Administration, the designated university officer. In the absence of the designated university officer, the president or another university officer may authorize the search. The university may request the involvement of law enforcement officials in cases of suspected possession of weapons. Persons may be asked to leave campus or remain in the presence of security or Lake Oswego Police until a search is conducted or until the situation is resolved safely and appropriately. Security staff may take weapons discovered in a search into temporary custody, for safe-keeping.

The policies above are as recorded in the Employee Handbook effective August 2017. For the complete and up-to-date policy, and specific applicability to employees or students, please refer to the current Employee Handbook or Student Handbook.