Public Universities

ORS 352.118
Establishment of police department

  • commission of police officers and special campus security officers
  • authorities


A governing board may, in its sole discretion, do all of the following:


Police, control and regulate traffic and parking of vehicles on university property.


Establish a police department and commission one or more employees as police officers in the manner and with all of the privileges and immunities set forth in ORS 352.121 (University police departments and officers). When a governing board establishes a police department and commissions one or more employees as police officers, the president of the university, in cooperation with the chief of the police department, shall establish a process by which the university will receive and respond to complaints involving the policies of the police department and the conduct of the police officers.


Commission special campus security officers who, when acting in the scope of their employment, shall have probable cause arrest authority and the accompanying immunities as set forth in ORS 133.310 (Authority of peace officer to arrest without warrant) and 133.315 (Liability of peace officer making arrest). Special campus security officers may not be authorized to carry firearms as police officers and, except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, may not be considered police officers for purposes of ORS 181A.355 (Definitions for ORS 181A.355 to 181A.670), 238.005 (Definitions), 243.005 (Definitions for ORS 243.005 to 243.045) or 243.736 (Strikes by deputy district attorneys, assistant attorneys general and certain emergency and public safety personnel).


A public university listed in ORS 352.002 (Public universities), acting by and through its special campus security officers, is a criminal justice agency for purposes of rules adopted pursuant to ORS 181A.280 (Law Enforcement Data System established) (3). [2013 c.768 §13; 2017 c.440 §20; 2019 c.152 §4]


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Jun. 26, 2021