University of Portland Student Handbook

Introduction & Important Contacts

University of Portland Office of Student Affairs.

Fr. John DonatoDear University of Portland Students,

This handbook provides you with resources and community standards related to your time at the University of Portland.

As a Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross, we are committed to developing the whole person through our mission: teaching and learning, faith and formation, service and leadership. Whether in a classroom, a residence hall, or a chapel, we hope that you find people and resources to challenge your intellect, develop your character, and deepen your faith. We hope that living with and among one another will spark your commitment to service and respect for every person you encounter, both on and off campus.

As a community, we are strengthened by the unique gifts and talents offered by each student. Ours is an inclusive environment that respects the dignity of each individual and provides the space and support for each member to flourish as an individual and as a part of the greater whole. It is in this spirit that we hold high expectations for one another. We are called to live by the example of Jesus Christ: to serve one another, grow with one another, and respect one another. The UP community as a whole is shaped by the successes and failures of individuals, and we seek every opportunity to encourage, challenge, and educate one another to live lives of great moral character.

I join with you in a spirit of great enthusiasm as we begin this new year, and wish you well in all of your endeavors. I pray that you will take advantage of the many great opportunities the UP community has to offer. May Christ the Teacher and the Spirit of Wisdom guide you in your work.

In Holy Cross,

Fr. John Donato CSC signature

(Rev.) John J. Donato, C.S.C.

Vice President for Student Affairs


Life on the Bluff is a guide to student life at the University of Portland and contains the policies, procedures, rules, and regulations that govern life in our community. These standards apply to all University of Portland students, graduate and undergraduate, both on and off campus, whether acting as an individual, member of a group, or as part of a student club or organization. All students are responsible for the contents of this handbook and should conduct themselves according to the standard of responsible behavior expected of members of the University of Portland community. This handbook is not a contract between the student and the University, and the University reserves the right to modify or revise the contents of Life on the Bluff at any time. In the event that a policy contained in Life on the Bluff is contradicted elsewhere, the policies found within Life on the Bluff should take precedence as the current policy. Additional policies governing academic life at the University can be found in the University Bulletin. Students are responsible for following all applicable policies outlined in the University Bulletin.

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy

The University of Portland does not discriminate in its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs, or employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, or sexual orientation. The University expressly reserves its rights and obligations to maintain its commitment to its Catholic identity and the doctrines of the Catholic Church.

The designated coordination point for University compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the Special Assistant to the President – Alan Timmins, in coordination with Accessible Education Services, the Office of Residence Life, the Health and Counseling Center, Human Resources, and the Office of University Events. Alan Timmins may be contacted at:

Alan Timmins
Vice President for Financial Affairs
Waldschmidt Hall 411
(503) 943-7507

Title IX Coordinator

All inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education. The University’s Title IX Coordinators are:


Sandy Chung

Vice President for Human Resources & Title IX Coordinator for Compliance

Waldschmidt Hall, fifth floor

(503) 943-8982


Matthew Rygg, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Student Development & Title IX Coordinator for Education

Director of Human Resources

Waldschmidt Hall, second floor

(503) 943-8982