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EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon plans three open campus forums in February and March to discuss the issue of arming campus police officers.
In 2011, state officials granted the UO permission to form the state’s first on-campus police department at a public university.
For the past year, with the help of an advisory group of students, faculty and staff, university leaders have been researching, analyzing and discussing the issue of arming UOPD police officers, the university said.
Campus forums have been scheduled to share information about this topic and hear questions and comments from the university community.
Campus forums are:
- Monday, Feb. 11: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Global Scholars Hall Great Room
- Tuesday, Feb. 26: 4:30 to 6 p.m. EMU Fir Room
- Wednesday, March 6: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Knight Library Browsing Room
There are a number of factors that will help inform the decision of whether or not to make a recommendation to the state board of higher education to arm UOPD police officers, the university said. Informed public input is an important aspect of the consideration.
In addition to attending campus forums, there are other opportunities for members of the campus community to contribute to the discussion. Interim UOPD Chief Carolyn McDermed will be available for small group discussions on the following dates:
- Tuesday, Feb. 19: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., EMU Walnut Room
- Thursday, Feb. 21: Noon to 1 p.m., EMU Board Room
- Wednesday, Feb. 27: 4 to 5 p.m., EMU Walnut Room
- Friday, March 1: Noon to 1 p.m., Bean Residence Hall Moore Dining Room
- Tuesday, March 5: Noon to 1 p.m., EMU Walnut Room