University of Portland Student Handbook

Introduction & Important Contacts

University of Portland Office of Student Affairs.

Fr. John DonatoDear University of Portland Students,

As a Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross, University of Portland welcomes you into our community. At University of Portland, we are committed to developing each other as whole persons through our pursuit of our core themes: teaching and learning, faith and formation, and service and leadership.  Community is both descriptive of who we are as well as who we daily decide to be.  Together we discover in our classrooms, residence halls, and the world how to be a community of hope. In a world that is changing rapidly, we seek to send out graduates who will act justly and live humble lives of service. 

Living in community brings incredible joy. At University of Portland, we are strengthened by the unique gifts and talents that each of you bring. Wherever we find ourselves, we know you will find people to challenge your intellect, develop your character, and deepen your faith. We know that living among one another will spark your commitment to service and respect for every person you encounter, both on and off campus.

Living in community also brings great challenges. Ours is an inclusive environment that respects the dignity of each individual and provides the space and support for each member to flourish individually and as a part of the greater whole. We hold high expectations for one another. When we encounter a polarized climate, we aim to build scholars of character who address injustices in our systems while acknowledging the inherent dignity of those who may disagree. We draw from the life of Jesus Christ, who often enjoyed a meal with friends and detractors, spoke truth to power, found it essential to serve others, spend time with the sick and hurting, respect all people, and cherish the environment as God’s gift to us all.

The University of Portland is shaped by the graduates who have come before and by those who now stand on its doorstep, and we seek every opportunity to encourage, challenge, and educate one another to live lives of great moral character. Life on the Bluff provides you with resources, expectations, and community standards that guide us at the University of Portland.

The world needs you. We need you. And in this spirit of great enthusiasm, I wish you well in the journey that lies ahead. Thank you for making University of Portland part of your story; welcome to this community.

May Christ the Teacher and the Spirit of Wisdom guide you in your work and may you always be a person with hope to bring.

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 guide our community. These standards apply to all University of Portland students, graduate and undergraduate, both on and off University property, whether acting as an individual, member of a group, or as part of a student club or organization. All students are responsible for reading, knowing, and complying with the standards and expectations outlined in Life on the Bluff.  Life on the Bluff is not a contract between the student and the University, and the University reserves the right to expand or delete or otherwise modify the contents of Life on the Bluff whenever such changes are adjudged by it to be desirable or necessary. Updates will be made to the online version of this handbook on an ongoing basis. Although notice is not required for any change to take effect, the University will make reasonable attempts to timely notify students of any changes through website or email postings, or other methods deemed appropriate by University.  If there is a conflict between a policy in Life on the Bluff and applicable law or regulation, the University will abide by current governing laws and regulations. Additional policies governing academics at the University can be found in the University Bulletin. Students are responsible for following all applicable policies and regulations 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 Interim Vice President for Financial Affairs – Eric Barger, in coordination with Accessible Education Services, the Office of Residence Life, the Health and Counseling Center, Human Resources, and the Office of University Events.  Eric Barger may be contacted at:

Eric Barger
Vice President for Financial Affairs
Waldschmidt Hall 411
(503) 943-7507

Title IX Coordinators

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 Coordinator is:



  Meg Farra- Interim Title IX Coordinator for Student Support

Waldschmidt Hall, fifth floor

(503) 943-8982