Security Report 2007



Eastern Oregon University treats violation of law on its premises as a serious matter. University officials will report violations of the law to law enforcement personnel and will cooperate with their investigative efforts. Campus Security performs watch patrol of facilities and public assist functions but patrol persons do not have peace officer status. Persons are encouraged to report all criminal actions to Campus Security or a member of the Student Affairs staff who then assist with the process of reporting the crime to an appropriate police agency. Persons may choose to report crimes directly to a police agency. In most instances crime reports are made to the La Grande Police Department. Other police agencies in the community are the Union County Sheriff’s Department and the Oregon State Police.

Eastern Oregon University is open to the public. Campus buildings are open during stated business hours and for specially arranged times for scheduled events. Some facilities are restricted to persons who have paid user fees (e.g., athletic facilities). Once buildings are secured, access may be gained by authorized personnel or by contacting Campus Security. Unauthorized entry or use of University facilities is viewed as criminal trespass and violators will be subject to arrest and loss of campus privileges.

Campus residence halls are supervised by live-in Hall Directors in each building and by Resident Advisors on each floor at an approximate ratio to students of 1:25. Residence halls are locked 24 hours a day, accessible to residents of the building via electronic card-key locks. Guest visiting policies vary among residence areas; residence hall staff should be consulted about regulations for specific living areas. Residents are expected to comply with all residence hall security policies and practices. It is important that residents lock doors and report to hall staff or Security any unusual incidents or unfamiliar persons on premises. Residents are reminded to be cognizant of the information in the Residence Hall Handbook and the Residence Hall Contract.

Persons who commit a crime on Eastern Oregon University property, or during its sponsored events and activities, will be subject to arrest and may be prohibited from future use of campus facilities or participation in its events and activities. Students and staff who violate the law may be subject to campus disciplinary action in addition to arrest and criminal proceedings.

The University offers periodic informational sessions for its students and staff about campus security and personal safety. Such sessions are presented during New Student Orientation, in campus residence halls, and at other times and places as interest and circumstances warrant.

It is the practice of Eastern Oregon University to promptly inform the campus community about violent crimes which have occurred on or near the campus. Classroom announcements, website postings, e-mail postings, posted notices, and bulletins on KEOL-FM are means used to convey such information.

The purpose of such information is to caution the campus community about possible similar occurrences if the perpetrator(s) is (are) at large. The University will do its best to protect the identity of victims.

The University’s policies and programs in regard to drugs and alcohol are described in the Schedule of Classes and in the Student Handbook on the Student Affairs website at The University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy is also in the Student Handbook on the Student Affairs website.

Eastern Oregon University compiles an annual summary of criminal incidents which have occurred on its campus during the preceding academic year. The “Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990” mandates that all colleges and universities publish a report of certain crimes which have occurred on their respective campuses during the previous year. The number of crimes at Eastern Oregon University reportable under the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 for the past five years were:

 Crime 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Murder 0 0 0 0 0
Sexual Assault  0 0 0
- Rape  0 0 0 0 0
- Forcible sexual offenses*  1 3 5 10 † 2 #
- Non-Forcible sexual offenses *  0 0 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault  4 2 6 3 1
Burglary  8 0 1 1 4
Motor Vehicle Theft  0 0 0 2 0
Arson  1 0 0 0 0
Theft**  2 1 10 29 12

* In 1993 the law was amended to include forcible sexual offenses and non-forcible offenses as reportable crimes effect 8/1/92.
Also required to report notification of incident (unverifiable).

** Effective July 1, 1993, Oregon Law requires reporting incidents of theft on college property.
† increase as a result of Clery Act reporting requirements and effective programming (2 adjudicated, 8 anonymous reports).
# anonymous reports

During the 5 previous years, the following numbers of criminal offenses took place on the Eastern campus for alcohol, drug and firearms violations.

 Offense 2003† 2004 2005†† 2006 2007
Firearms*** 1 0 0 3 3
Drugs  1  3  9 6 6
Alcohol  73  39 127 90 72

***Includes misuse of fireworks

† reporting protocol revised: residence halls and athletic judicial discipline cases have been included in this report. The DOE indicated that we could only change 2002 since all the other year’s numbers were locked in.
†† increase as a result of Union County Alcohol task force and more collaborative relationship with law enforcement agencies in the community.

Questions regarding this report or inquiries about the issue of campus safety at Eastern Oregon University should be directed to the Dean of Student Affairs Office, Hoke Union Building, Room 111 or call (541) 962-3635.