Concordia University School of Law is committed to providing a safe and secure campus. Students should take care to protect their own safety, as well as the safety and security of others.
The law school is not open to the general public. No one is permitted to enter during normal business hours unless he or she is being escorted by an authorized individual or in possession of an ID/key card. If you encounter anyone who you do not know personally and who is attempting to enter the building, please politely explain that they will need to use the intercom system to check-in and gain access.
The office of student services issues access cards to all law students upon enrollment. A replacement charge of $10 is assessed to a student's account for lost or damaged cards, payable to the office of student services. Student ID/key cards are issued after enrollment at the circulation desk.
Normal business hours are:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
George R. White (GRW) Law Library
Please see the library hours and information page.
Building hours will vary during examination periods, holidays, and summer. Students will be given advance notification of any changes.
Active Shooter on Campus
Concordia University has developed a specific set of safety guidelines to address a situation in which there is an active "shooter" on campus. Students should review these guidelines in the event that such a situation should occur within the law school.
CU Alert: Emergency Notification System
Concordia University is committed to comprehensive, real-time communication in the event of a campus emergency, including natural disasters, weapons-bearing individuals, and other situations that pose an immediate threat to the security and safety of those on campus.
CU Alert is an automated communication system that has the ability to simultaneously send voice, text, and email messages to students, faculty, and staff to notify students in the event of a campus emergency.
Concordia University School of Law requests your cooperation to ensure you will receive emergency messages wherever you may be.
CU Alert Frequently Asked Questions
What is CU Alert?
CU Alert is a service for quickly delivering emergency phone, text, and email messages to students, faculty, and staff. The service will be activated when there are immediate threats to the safety of those in the university community. Notification will be sent via landline and cell phones, text messages, and email. CU Alert complements other forms of emergency notification, such as the university website (www.cu-portland.edu), intranet portal (intranet.cu-portland.edu), and bulletins to local media. Messages are identified by the title "CU Alert."
Who decides when an emergency warrants sending out a CU Alert?
Generally, the emergency management team will send the notifications. The system will only be used for emergencies that pose an immediate danger to the CU community, including acts of violence, natural disasters (earthquake, flood, tornado, and fire), hazardous materials incidents, or severe weather.
How do I sign up to receive emergency alerts?
Log into the my.cu portal, select the "Personal Information" menu, then select "View Campus Alert Numbers" to provide voice or text numbers. Choose "Update Email Addresses" for your "Campus Alert-Email" address.
How do I change my emergency phone numbers or email?
Log into the my.CU portal, select the "Personal Information" menu, then select "View Campus Alert Numbers" to provide voice or text numbers. Choose "Update Email Addresses" for your "Campus Alert-Email" address.
Can I decline to receive emergency messages?
Yes. However, carefully consider whether you want to forgo receiving any notification in the event of a potential threat to your safety. In consideration for your use of the CU Alert system, you agree to: (a) provide true, accurate, current, and complete information about yourself, and (b) maintain and promptly update data to keep it true, accurate, current, and complete. If you provide any information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current, or is incomplete, you understand that any notifications sent via the CU Alert Emergency Notification System may not reach you. The contact data you enter will be provided to a third party (Connect-ED) for purposes of notifying you in the event of an emergency. No personal information other than directory information will be provided to the third party vendor. The third party vendor has agreed that they have no right to use your contact information for any purpose other than notifying you via CU Alert. They do not have rights to sell, disclose, or trade your contact information. When required by law (e.g., in compliance with a subpoena or court order) your contact information may be disclosed. Only the individuals employed by CU who must use this information to administer and manage CU Alert will have access to your contact information.
Campus Crime Statistics
As required by federal law, Concordia University publishes an annual Security and Fire Safety Report as mandated by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act; and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (PL101-226).
Campus Security Authorities
In addition to statistical recording of crimes that are reported to or by the Department of Public Safety, the Clery Act also requires reporting of crimes by Campus Security Authorities. By definition, a Campus Security Authority (CSA) is essentially anyone, including a student leadership position, who by function (not title) has contact with students and significant responsibility for student and campus activities. At Concordia University School of Law, these are defined as:
(Dean, Associate Dean of Academics, Assistant Dean of Career Services and Student Affairs, Academic Success, Career Services, External Relations, Pro Bono/Experiential Learning)
(Faculty Advisors, Advisors to Student Clubs and Organizations)
- Emergency Closures
There may be situations in which the law school must make an emergency closure, including inclement weather, power outage, fire, earthquake, disaster, epidemic illness, etc. In the event of an emergency closure, the law school will broadcast notice on area radio and television stations, as well as the law school website, law.cu-portland.edu. In the case of inclement weather, the law school will make every effort to make a decision to close by 6:30 am for that day and by 1:00 pm for that afternoon/evening.
- Disaster Response Plan
Concordia University has developed a critical event management plan to address situations in which a disaster affects the school, both natural and otherwise. The plan sets forth comprehensive guidelines that the university will observe and implement under such circumstances. Students may review a copy of the plan on the CU Intranet.
Fire Safety and Evacuation
Concordia Law is fully equipped on every floor with fire alarms, extinguishers, and an overhead sprinkler system. When a fire alarm sounds, all students must evacuate the building immediately. Students should evacuate from the nearest exit and gather in the IIB Bank building parking lot (on 5th street between Broad and Front streets) to the east of the School of Law. Students discovered tampering with or otherwise misusing the fire equipment will be subject to immediate discipline and a $200 fine.
First Aid Kits
First aid kits are available at the library circulation desk, the commons kitchen, and with the staff in the third floor lobby.
Physical or Sexual Assault
Any student who is a victim of physical or sexual assault is encouraged to report the incident as soon as possible by calling 911 and to notify a school official. For more information on Title IX & Equity Compliance and local resources, click here.
Missing Student Notification Policy
If circumstances suggest that a law student may be missing (e.g., not contactable or over-due more than 24 hours), students, staff, or faculty should notify the office of student services. Concordia Law will arrange for a preliminary investigation to verify the situation and determine the circumstances relating to the reported missing student. If it is determined that a law student is in fact missing, the matter will be provided to the appropriate law enforcement agency, along with the relevant information.
Safety On and Near Campus
Although the campus is closed to the general public, please be vigilant about monitoring your surroundings, especially after hours. Do not prop doors open and take care to make sure that doors shut securely behind you.
During after hours, please do not admit anyone into the law school who you do not know personally. If you encounter an unauthorized individual in the building, please notify the staff or student on duty at the circulation desk.
If you are walking from the building to your car, especially in the dark, please ask another student to escort you. Be aware of your surroundings and use well-lit pathways. If you are being dropped off at the law school and it is dark outside, please ask the driver to wait until you enter safely inside the building.
If you observe any criminal activity or witness behavior that is aggressive or intimidating, either in the law school or immediately outside, please immediately alert a member of the staff or faculty, or if it is after hours or someone is in immediate physical danger, please dial 911.