The Oregon State University Department of Public Safety is conducting a presentation on personal and campus safety on May 24, noon – 1 p.m., MU Horizon Room. Students, staff and faculty are invited to attend. The meetings will focus on safety practices and training, how OSU is working to provide a safe campus environment, and what individuals can do to be safe while attending or working at the university.
Public safety officials will discuss what to do in an emergent threat situation, cover the run, hide, fight method, and explain how attendees can assist DPS in being proactive partners in safety. A question and answer period also will be available.
“We’ve been wanting to conduct these presentations community-wide for awhile now,” said Chief of Public Safety Suzy Tannenbaum. “But we’ve been focusing on individual departments and groups that have requested training. Now we have the availability to present to the community and make it available to everyone. We’re hoping to have this presentation offered a few times a year for anyone who wants to attend.”
The ultimate goal of the presentation is to empower audience members so that if they do encounter a dangerous situation, they’ll feel more prepared to address it.
“I want to give attendees the feeling that they have permission to do something, permission to act,” Tannenbaum said. “I want our community to know what options they have if they encounter an emergent threat situation. I don’t want them to freeze because they haven’t thought about their options.”
In addition to this presentation, similar presentations will be held for residence hall residents at 5:30 p.m., May 23, in Marketplace West, and for Greek Life and ASOSU members at 5:30 p.m. on May 31, in the Memorial Union Room 221.