The Oct. 1 shooting on the Umpqua Community College campus has underscored a passionate debate on Portland State University's campus over the Board of Trustees' recent decision to arm members of its campus security.

Beginning July 1, the first four armed police officers joined the now bifurcated public safety department, with another eight police to be phased in over three years. This has sparked several protests from student groups — including , walkout and rally during President Wim Wiewel's convocation speech Sept. 21.