MHCC takes appropriate steps when necessary to issue timely warnings to the college community about crimes considered to be a threat to other students and employees. The timely warning information will be provided in an appropriate manner so as to protect the personal safety of students and employees and prevent similar crimes from occurring. Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to Public Safety by phone (503- 491-7911) or in person at Room AC2330 at 26000 S.E. Stark, Street, Gresham, Ore. 97030.
In the event of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health and/or safety of students, employees and community members on campus that constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, the college will issue a campus-wide “timely warning” upon confirmation of the threat and in consultation with the college president and law enforcement agencies. The MHCC community will be notified in one or more of the following ways:
- Broadcast email messages to employees with a request to all faculty members to share the message with their students
- Emergency text message alerts to individuals’ personal email and cell phone numbers who have signed up through Flash Alert: http://www.mhcc.edu/About.aspx?id=855
- Public address systems
- Prominent postings on the MHCC website: http://www.mhcc.edu/
- MyMHCC portal
- Fliers and other informational materials may also be posted throughout campus on doors and at entrances to campus buildings
- College student newspaper
- Local television, radio and community newspapers
The “timely warning” may be delayed if the notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist victims, contain or respond to the emergency, hinder or put at risk the safety of law enforcement or emergency medical or fire personnel or the ongoing investigation and apprehension of suspects.
The “timely warning” applies only to Clery reportable crimes, while the emergency requirement addresses a much wider range of threats such as gas leaks, ice storms, earthquakes and fires.