Keep yourself, your property, and our campus safe during winter break
Keep yourself, your property, and our campus safe during winter break
Quick Quack
Friday, December 11, 2020
Winter break is almost here, and some well-deserved rest is coming your way. Whether you’re heading home or staying in Eugene, here are some top tips for keeping yourself, your property, and our campus safe over the break and through the rest of winter.
  • The University of Oregon Police Department aims to make near-campus neighborhoods safer and more secure during vacations and extended absences with its Vacation Watch program.
  • Students who live near campus can register their residences before leaving the area for the holidays.
  • UOPD will check registered vacant residences as often as possible, providing a deterrent for crime and quick notification to residents of any suspicious activity.
  • Communities are safest when members look out for each other: report any suspicious activity or unauthorized strangers on campus right away.
  • Report criminal activity (such as a break-in or intruder, robbery, or assault) immediately to 9-1-1, or for non-emergency situations on campus, to UOPD at 541-346-2919.
  • In secured buildings (including laboratory and research spaces and residence halls), don’t let in strangers or allow them to enter behind you as a courtesy. Don’t prop open doors or lend out keys. Only open the front door of a secured building or residence to someone you know and trust.
  • Immediately report any malfunctioning doors or windows in residence halls to University Housing at 541-346-4277 or For other UO buildings, contact to CPFM Work Control at 541-346-2319 or
  • Traveling to and from campus is more challenging during winter because it’s often dark in the mornings and early evenings.
  • The UO provides an online map to help students navigate by the best-lit route around campus.
  • Always be alert when walking at night and try to stay in well-lit areas.
  • Bicycles or their riders must be equipped with lighting equipment during hours of darkness and in limited visibility conditions under state law.
  • Required lighting includes a white front light with a minimum visibility of 500 feet, AND a red rear light or reflector with a minimum visibility of 600 feet.
  • Duck Rides, the UO’s essential nighttime transportation services, will operate seven days a week during winter term from 5:30–10:30 p.m. The service will not operate during the winter break.
  • Duck Rides is committed to providing friendly and necessary transportation to students in a safe manner during COVID-19, thanks to extensive new health and safety measures.
  • To promote social responsibility, Duck Rides will not be taking students to locations of known parties or social gatherings, or to bars and restaurants.
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