Safety and Security
As a community, we take safety seriously. And with a campus located in a mid-sized city, we take an engaged and multi-initiative approach to do all we can to maximize the safety of all of our community members.
Safety Begins with Each of Us
We know that safety begins with how we move through the world, so from day one at Student Orientation and in our Student Handbook, we teach students how to be responsible for their own safety. In addition, we offer specific recommendations regarding things like bike safety through our relationship with The Street Trust (formerly the Bicycle Transportation Alliance) and trainings such as WomenStrength personal safety workshops.
Safety Team Integrated into the Campus Community
Our PNCA Campus Safety Team reimagines an approach to campus safety and security with team members integrated into the daily life of campus. Team members are trained not only in the basics of unarmed security, but also in non-violent crisis intervention techniques, verbal de-escalation skills, gender spectrum awareness, the importance of inclusion and equity on our campus, emergency procedures, First Aid and CPR. The team patrols between campus buildings and is available to escort community members between them at any time of the day or night for any reason. Students may request a security escort walking between campus buildings by calling the Lead Safety Officer at 503-621-2061.
Working with Neighborhood Partners
In our part of downtown between the Pearl District and Chinatown/Old Town, in addition to Portland Police Bureau patrols and Tri-Met patrols, Downtown Portland Clean & Safe security officers provide assistance to the city in resolving public space, maintenance, and public safety issues. Students can call Downtown Portland Clean & Safe at 503-224-7383.
PNCA’s Safety Committee, made up of staff, faculty, and students, meets regularly to address safety concerns for the PNCA community. Members of our Safety Committee meet on an ongoing basis with the Crime Prevention Coordinator from the Office of Neighborhood Involvement of the City of Portland.
Campus Safety Homeroom Page
For further information and updates about Campus Safety, community members can access the Campus Safety Homeroom page.
Additional Safety and Wellness Contacts
Office of Student Life
511 Front Desk / Campus Information
The Clery Act
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Campus Crime Statistics Act [20 U.S.C. §1092 (f), and HEA §485 (f)]. The Clery Act, as it is commonly known, is a Federal law, enacted in 1990, requiring all post-secondary institutions participating in Title IV student financial assistance programs, to publish a statistical report of crimes on or near the institution’s campus, as well as information about security policies and procedures.
The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 amends the Clery Act to require such institutions to disclose statistics, policies and procedures relating specifically to dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, and hate crimes.
The PNCA Annual Campus Security and Fire Report [PDF], available to all current and prospective students and employees, is distributed in accordance with the Clery Act, and includes data for the calendar years 2017, 2018, and 2019.
The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies on drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, student housing evacuation in the event of fire, electrical appliances, to whom fires should be reported, and other matters.
You can obtain a copy of this report by downloading it here:
PNCA Annual Campus Security and Fire Report [PDF]
Upon request, a paper copy of this report can also be provided by contacting the office of Facilities, Maintenance and Security, Room B14, 511 NW Broadway, Portland, OR. 97209, (971) 242-3857.
Have a concern about a student?
Anyone can submit any concern (anonymously, if you wish) about any member of our community or any situation using our Slothline Community Support form.
Slothline is a centralized referral system set up to capture and address concerns of students and the greater PNCA community to enable our college community to be alert and responsive to student needs and wellbeing.