Public Safety Principles

As an institution of learning, we believe that interactions involving members of the Oregon State University community, the general public and public safety personnel should strive to follow an educational model, be responsive and non-escalatory, and be restorative, not punitive, whenever possible. 

Members of the university community should value and feel a strong sense of safety. Yet, each person’s experience with law enforcement differs. We seek to advance and support an environment within Oregon State University that is welcoming, compassionate and caring, understanding, trusting and diverse. View other principles (PDF) that the Public Safety Advisory Committee is observing in its work.

Welcome Chief Anderson

Oregon State University welcomes Shanon Anderson as its new associate vice president for public safety and OSU Corvallis campus chief of police. She brings a commitment to education, community engagement and collaboration in public safety to OSU and has an extensive background in leadership, implicit bias training and law enforcement.

It is clear to me that there is strong community interest in safety and a commitment at OSU for positive and well-planned public safety services. I look forward to working with and supporting all community members.

- Chief Anderson



Corvallis Campus Public Safety Background

The provision of public safety on OSU’s Corvallis campus has undergone a transition. The OSU Police Department was formed on January 1, 2021. 

Public safety within the university is advanced by many university departments, including the Department of Public Safety and contractors at major OSU athletics events. Other community well-being, public safety services and student support are provided by Student Health Services, the Survivor Advocacy & Resource Center, Counseling & Psychological Services and other OSU departments.

The university also collaborates with the Corvallis Police Department, the Corvallis Fire Department and other local public safety agencies.

Tips to Keep your Bike Secure on Campus