Campus Safety -- Another Reason MHCC is a Great Place to Learn, Work and Visit
Posted: December 21, 2010
Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) is a great place to spend time – as a student, visitor, volunteer and employee.
Besides the Gresham Campus’s natural beauty, the engaging academic programs, the dedicated faculty and leading-edge services to help students transform their lives and direct their destinies, there’s another important characteristic that makes MHCC a great place: safety.
MHCC does much to maintain a safe working and learning environment, however, it also requires the support of every member of the college community to take personal responsibility for reducing crimes of opportunity. This means locking your car, using an enhanced auto locking device (such as The Club) and not leaving valuables on car seats. (On Jan. 4, the College bookstore will begin offering The Club to students and employees at a much-reduced price of $12.99, limit two per person.)
Here’s a snapshot of some of the other ways the College makes MHCC a safe place to learn, work and visit.
MHCC – A Safe Campus
- MHCC enforces policies, regulations and a student code of conduct with regard to safety. These documents prohibit firearms, weapons and destructive devices on college premises or at activities under the jurisdiction or sponsorship of the College.
- In compliance with the federal Clery Act, MHCC posts a complete report each year of campus safety statistics on its website.
- The public safety officers patrol the Gresham Campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Officers staff the Maywood Park Campus and Bruning Center 20 hours per week, with law enforcement agencies and private security companies on call at other times. Public safety officers are licensed by the Oregon Department of Standards and Training and receive training in a number of areas, including:
- AED (automated external defibrillator),
- CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation),
- crime reporting, and
- incident command system.
- Campus officers provide security to MHCC facilities, escort people walking at night from buildings to parked vehicles, investigate criminal incidents and respond to fire and security alarms. They also:
- assist law enforcement agencies,
- conduct crowd control,
- provide crime prevention education, and
- respond to safety hazards.
- The College initiated a student volunteer campus watch program to enhance crime prevention. These volunteers serve as extra eyes and ears and report any unusual, suspicious or obvious threatening or criminal activities to Safety and Security.
- The public safety officers are available to meet with individual students and employees to discuss their specific safety concerns on campus and to help them develop a personal safety plan. This includes individuals who have obtained restraining or stalking orders.
- MHCC sites are equipped with security cameras to deter unlawful or unsafe activity.
- Twenty emergency telephones/call boxes, located throughout the Gresham Campus and in elevators, link directly to Safety and Security.
- The Emergency Handbook outlines basic actions individuals can take if they are presented with an emergency situation.
- MHCC employs the Incident Command System (ICS) for responding to emergencies. The ICS team is trained and responsible for coordinating and managing emergencies.
- MHCC conducts drills to test the College’s emergency response and evacuation procedures.
- A trained threat assessment team investigates, evaluates and manages potential situations of concern.
- Safety and Security provides information to the College community through e-mails and articles in The Advocate (the student newspaper) about safety procedures and crime prevention tips.
- The College takes many proactive steps to maintain a safe working and learning environment.
- Pre-employment screening, including criminal background and reference checks, reduce the risk of hiring individuals with a history of violent behavior.
- The College requires all contractors and sub-contractors to provide criminal checks on their employees who are working at MHCC.
- The College encourages employees to bring any disputes or differences with other employees to the attention of their manager or the Human Resources department before the situation escalates into potential violence. Students are encouraged to bring any disputes or differences with other students or staff to the attention of Safety and Security.
- The public safety officers welcome questions and comments and may be reached at 503-491-7310.