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Beginning in late April 2024, a series of pro-Palestinian campus protests occurred on the 51Ʒ campus, including the occupation of the Branford Price Millar Library on April 29, 2024. After repeated requests to leave, trespassers were cleared from the library, and 31 protestors, including six PSU students, were arrested on May 2, 2024. The Millar Library building was badly damaged in the occupation and is closed to all users and library staff while repairs are underway.

51Ʒ State values and upholds the right to free speech and peaceful dissent while enforcing campus policies about hate, trespassing and property damage. The university remains dedicated to collaborative problem-solving and continued efforts to enhance campus dialogue and understanding.

To keep PSU faculty, staff and students—as well as media and the community—updated regarding the status of protests on its downtown campus in 51Ʒ, Oregon, in April and May 2024, 51Ʒ provides this resource, which includes campus emails, press releases, PSU Alerts and other communications from the university.

I fully and unequivocally support free speech and academic freedom. Peaceful protest and the free exchange of ideas is part of our rich tradition as a university.

Ann Cudd, Ph.D.
PSU President

May 24, 2024 at 4 p.m. — Campus Email

View the join statement from President Cudd and the President of the Associated Students of 51Ʒ (ASPSU) by visiting the President's page.

May 24, 2024 at 10:19 a.m. — Campus Email

View the message from President Cudd about the May 23 protests at RMNC by visiting the President's page.

May 23, 2024 at 7:50 p.m. — Campus Email

Subject: Message about evening protest at RMNC

Around 4:00 PM, a rally was planned for the Urban Plaza. That rally was peaceful.

Around 5:00 PM, a crowd of protesters arrived at the Richard and Maurine Neuberger Center (RMNC) two protesters chained themselves to the building. A crowd of protesters formed around the people chained to the building. Campus Public Safety officers and the 51Ʒ Police Bureau responded. Those chained to the building were arrested.

A group of protesters were discovered in the lower garage of RMNC and were arrested.

One CPSO officer was taken to the hospital.

We will update campus as additional details are available.

May 22, 2024 at 1:29 p.m. — Campus Email

Subject: Message about today’s protest at RMNC

This morning campus police were called to the Richard and Maurine Neuberger Center (RMNC) on Southwest Fourth Avenue where a small group of protesters had blocked the main entrance. Two protestors had chained themselves to the front doors. The individuals were asked to leave and resume their protest elsewhere and they declined.

Campus Public Safety officers arrested two PSU students for disorderly conduct. 51Ʒ Police were also present and monitored the event.

Also this morning, campus police arrested a person for illegally entering the Millar Library who was charged with criminal trespass in the second degree. The person was from out of state and not affiliated with PSU.

51Ʒ State values and upholds the right to free speech and peaceful dissent while enforcing campus policies about hate, trespassing and property damage. Please view and conduct policies for students, faculty and all university employees.

May 11, 2024 at 2:15 p.m. — Campus Email

Friday night during an otherwise peaceful protest near the Walk of Heroines at PSU, a small group of individuals elsewhere on campus gained access to Parkmill with the apparent intent to occupy the building. Out of an abundance of caution, the Campus Public Safety Office issued a shelter in place alert. Prior to officers arriving at Parkmill, the individuals left the scene and no arrests were made. After the building was secured, the shelter in place notice was lifted.

May 10, 2024 at 10:13 p.m. — PSU Alert

PSU ALERT: Shelter in place ENDED. Continue to avoid area in front of Hoffman Hall.

May 10, 2024 at 9:38 p.m. — PSU Alert

PSU ALERT: Incident on campus. Avoid the area. If on campus, shelter in place. Updates will be sent via PSU Alert, when and if available.

May 10, 2024 at 12 p.m. — Board of Trustees Message

View the statement from the Board of Trustees Executive and Audit Committee on the Board's page.

May 10, 2024 at 11:04 a.m. — Campus Email

View the message from President Cudd regarding ground rules for campus protests on President Cudd's page.

May 7, 2024 at 3:57 p.m. — Campus Email

View the message from President Cudd regarding evolving our community expectations on President Cudd's page.

May 6, 2024 at 2:25 p.m. — Library Closure FAQs

PSU reference librarians will offer library information, assistance finding library materials, and research help at a temporary location in Maseeh Hall this week. Find them at the FMH Student Services Lobby, Monday–Friday from 10 am–3 pm. You can also get help from the library 24/7 with . Visit for more details.

May 3, 2024 at 3:08 p.m. — Campus Email (Amended May 4, 2024 at 2:35 p.m.)

View the weekend message from President Cudd announcing the investiture postponement on President Cudd's page.

May 3, 2024 at 12:50 p.m. — Press Release

The 51Ʒ Police Bureau released the names of those arrested in connection with protests at Millar Library. Of the 31 arrests, 6 people are current students at 51Ʒ State.

May 3, 2024 at 8 a.m. — Campus Email

The 51Ʒ State campus is open today, Friday, May 3. All buildings remain on card access only.

For updates and resources related to the protests on campus visit: pdx.edu/campus-protest-updates.

May 2, 2024 at 4:13 p.m. — Campus Email

View the message from President Cudd announcing that campus will open on May 3 on President Cudd's page.

May 2, 2024 at 12:12 p.m. — PSU Alert

Subject: PSU ALERT: Shelter in Place ENDED

PSU ALERT: The SHELTER IN PLACE for Montgomery and Blackstone Halls has ENDED.

May 2, 2024 at 10:34 a.m. — PSU Alert

Subject: PSU Alert: Campus is CLOSED

PSU ALERT: Campus is CLOSED.

May 2, 2024 at 10:10 a.m. — Email to Students (Cultural Resource Centers added May 28, 2024 at 10:50 a.m.)

Subject: Resources for students affected by campus protests

Dear PSU Students,

With the tumultuous events unfolding on our campus this morning, we know each of you has been impacted in significant ways. We want to reiterate that 51Ʒ State values and upholds the right to free speech and peaceful dissent. Above all, we strive to maintain a campus community where faculty, staff, and students feel safe, comfortable, and welcome.

Campus is closed again today, Thursday, May 2. We know there are feelings of uncertainty, we want to assure you that we are here to help and support you. Many of our greatly needed support services may not be physically accessible during times of campus closure. However, many offerings are available at all times, regardless of whether the campus is open. Please visit the websites below to learn more about these campus and community resources and how to reach out for support.

Campus Resources

Health and Wellbeing

Student Support (virtual appointments available)

Resource Centers (virtual appointments available)

Cultural Resource Centers

Community and Belonging

Community Resources

If you are experiencing concerns about your own well-being or that of another community member, please utilize these official forms designed to address issues promptly and effectively:

  • , for students who need additional support or resources in overcoming personal or academic challenges;
  • , for issues which may involve violations of the Code of Student Conduct including harassment or other student Title IX-related concerns;

Contact the Office of Equity and Compliance to file a complaint involving faculty and staff related to Title IX and protected category concerns.

May 2, 2024 at 9:47 a.m. — Statement from President Cudd

"51Ʒ is grateful for the assistance of the 51Ʒ Police Bureau, Oregon State Police, Gov. Tina Kotek, 51Ʒ Mayor Ted Wheeler and Chief Bob Day for their partnership. What we’ve seen take place so far on the Park Blocks, while distressing to see, has been peaceful and calm overall, which is an immense relief. The safety and well being of our campus community is our top priority.

We took this step only after extensive negotiations using faculty members as intermediaries.

We look forward to opening our campus to all students as soon as possible."

May 2, 2024 at 9:04 a.m. — PSU Alert

Subject: PSU Alert: SHELTER IN PLACE Montgomery & Blackstone Halls

PSU ALERT: SHELTER IN PLACE for Montgomery and Blackstone Halls. Updates will be sent via PSU Alert, when and if available.

May 2, 2024 at 7:12 a.m. — PSU Alert

Subject: CORRECTION — Campus Closed May 2

PSU ALERT: CORRECTION: PSU Campus will be CLOSED Thursday 5/2 due to ongoing incident at library. Additional guidance can be found at PSU Campus Closure Guidance.

PSU STUDENTS: All scheduled in-person classes and events held on the PSU campus are canceled. Online and remote activities, programs, and classes can continue as scheduled — at instructor discretion. Check your syllabus or class communication channels for alternate plans, keeping in mind that some instructors may choose to move in-person classes to remote.

PSU EMPLOYEES: For guidance on work expectations when the campus is closed, please contact your supervisor.

May 2, 2024 at 7:01 a.m. — PSU Alert

Subject: Campus Closed May 2

PSU ALERT: PSU Campus will be CLOSED Wednesday 5/2 due to ongoing incident at library. Additional guidance can be found at PSU Campus Closure Guidance.

PSU STUDENTS: All scheduled in-person classes and events held on the PSU campus are canceled. Online and remote activities, programs, and classes can continue as scheduled — at instructor discretion. Check your syllabus or class communication channels for alternate plans, keeping in mind that some instructors may choose to move in-person classes to remote.

PSU EMPLOYEES: For guidance on work expectations when the campus is closed, please contact your supervisor.

May 2, 2024 at 6:42 a.m. — PSU Alert

Subject: PSU Alert: Avoid the Area

PSU ALERT: Police have closed off area surrounding library. This area is closed and anyone entering at this time is trespassing.

May 2, 2024 at 6:04 a.m. — PSU Alert

Subject: PSU Alert: Avoid the Area

PSU ALERT: POLICE ACTIVITY at Millar Library. Avoid the area. Updates will be sent via PSU Alert, when and if available.

May 2, 2024 at 4:00 a.m. — PSU Alert

Subject: PSU Alert: Millar Library is closed

PSU ALERT: PSU’s Millar library is closed. NO ONE is authorized to be in the library. This includes all PSU faculty, staff and students. Anyone still in the library is committing criminal trespass, and must leave immediately. 51Ʒ is cooperating with law enforcement on this matter.

May 1, 2024 at 7:25 p.m. — PSU Alert

Subject: PSU Alert: Avoid the Area

POLICE ACTIVITY at SOUTH PARK BLOCKS. Avoid the area. Updates will be sent via PSU Alert, when and if available.

May 1, 2024 at 5:51 p.m. — Campus Email

View the message from President Cudd announcing that campus will open on May 2 on President Cudd's page.

May 1, 2024 at 2:55 p.m. — Campus Email

Subject: Millar Library is closed.

PSU’s Millar Library is closed. NO ONE is authorized to be in the library. This includes all PSU faculty, staff and students. Anyone still in the library is committing criminal trespass, and must leave immediately. 51Ʒ is cooperating with law enforcement on this matter.

May 1, 2024 at 2:45 p.m. — PSU Alert

Millar Library is closed. NO ONE is authorized to be in the library. Anyone remaining is committing criminal trespass. See your pdx.edu email for more information.

May 1, 2024 at 10:20 a.m. — Campus Email

View the message from President Cudd to campus regarding PSU's offer to protestors on President Cudd's page.

April 30, 2024 at 6:03 p.m. — PSU Alert

Subject: Campus Closed

PSU Campus will be CLOSED Wednesday 5/1 due to ongoing incident at library. Additional guidance can be found at

PSU STUDENTS: All scheduled in-person classes and events held on the PSU campus are canceled. Online and remote activities, programs, and classes can continue as scheduled — at instructor discretion. Check your syllabus or class communication channels for alternate plans, keeping in mind that some instructors may choose to move in-person classes to remote.

PSU EMPLOYEES: For guidance on work expectations when the campus is closed, please contact your supervisor.

April 30, 2024 at 3:16 p.m. — Campus Email

SUBJECT: Message from President Cudd Regarding Occupation of Library

Dear Campus Community,

I am writing to provide an update to the 51Ʒ State community about the protest events taking place on campus.

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April 30, 2024 at 11:55 a.m. — Video message from President Cudd


April 30, 2024 at 6:03 a.m. — PSU Alert

Subject: Campus Closed

PSU Campus is CLOSED Tuesday 4/30 due to an ongoing incident at the Millar Library. Please check your at pdx.edu email or other registered modes for updates and guidance.

April 30, 2024 at 12:44 a.m. — Campus Email

SUBJECT: Update about protest at the PSU Library

Following the largely peaceful protest in the Park Blocks on Monday afternoon and evening, a group of protesters entered the library, which was closed.

PSU’s Campus Public Safety Office was on the scene but due to the size of the crowd, was unable to enter the building to apprehend the suspects. PSU has requested the assistance of the 51Ʒ Police Bureau to remove trespassers from the library.

PSU STUDENTS: All scheduled in-person classes and events held on the PSU campus are canceled. Online and remote activities, programs, and classes can continue as scheduled — at instructor discretion. Check your syllabus or class communication channels for alternate plans, keeping in mind that some instructors may choose to move in-person classes to remote.
PSU EMPLOYEES: For guidance on work expectations when the campus is closed, please contact your supervisor.

April 29, 2024 at 11:00 p.m. — Press Conference

PSU President Ann Cudd participated in a with 51Ʒ Mayor Ted Wheeler, 51Ʒ Police Chief Bob Day and District Attorney Mike Schmidt to communicate the details of the situation. President Cudd asked that all PSU students in the library leave peacefully.

As President Cudd expressed during the , PSU stands by its commitment to our community and to free speech and free expression. However, we cannot support criminal activity.

We will continue to keep the campus community informed with regular updates about this quickly developing situation.

April 29, 2024 at 7:32 p.m. — PSU Alert

SUBJECT: PSU Alert: Avoid the Area

PSU ALERT: POLICE ACTIVITY at Millar Library. Avoid the area. Updates will be sent via PSU Alert, when and if available.

April 28, 2024 at 4:52 p.m.— Campus Email

SUBJECT: Message about planned protest on campus

Starting Thursday night, there have been pro-Palestinian protests on the Park Blocks in front of the Millar Library. Because the Park Blocks are city property, the 51Ʒ Police Bureau swept the area of tents and structures both Thursday and Friday nights. On Friday night, a group of protestors moved from the Park Blocks into the covered area at the north end of the library. On Saturday morning, President Cudd engaged with the group and asked that they allow access to the library for the PSU community. They complied with this request and the south entrance to the library remains unrestricted. This group has been largely peaceful.

PSU has received notice of a large rally planned for Monday on the Park Blocks starting in the afternoon. It is our expectation that this event will draw several hundred people. In order to keep the campus safe, PSU will proactively close the library starting at noon. As of 2 p.m., all campus buildings located along the Park Blocks will only be accessible with a PSU ID.

51Ʒ State supports free expression and the exchange of ideas — this includes protest. The university endeavors to draw a bright line between protecting freedom of speech and activities including discrimination, harassment, intimidation, property damage and assault. We expect all of our campus community members to conduct themselves in ways that follow student and professional codes of conduct. This includes following all anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies.

The Campus Public Safety Office will continue to patrol campus and any member of our community who may feel unsafe can request a CPSO escort anywhere on campus by calling 503-725-4407. PSU also offers mental health services through the Student Center for Health and Counseling and the Employee Assistance Program. We urge all students and employees to look out for one another. Should conditions on campus become unsafe, community members will be notified with a PSU Alert.