• AR 3515: Reporting of Crimes


  • Chapter 3

    References: Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998;
    20 U.S. Code Section 1094 subdivision (a)(26);
    20 U.S. Code Section 1232g;
    34 Code of Federal Regulations Sections 99.31(a)(13), (14) and 668.46;
    Campus Security Act of 1990;

    Members of Mt. Hood Community College who are witnesses or victims of a crime should immediately report the crime to college public safety or local law enforcement.

    The public safety department shall publish warnings on the public safety website crime log to the campus community about the following crimes:

    • Criminal homicide – murder and non-negligent manslaughter;
    • Criminal homicide – negligent manslaughter;
    • Sex offenses – forcible and non-forcible sex offenses;
    • Domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking;
    • Robbery;
    • Aggravated assault;
    • Burglary;
    • Motor vehicle theft;
    • Arson;
    • Arrests for liquor law violations, drug law violations, and illegal weapons possession;
    • Persons who were not arrested for liquor law violations, drug law violations, and illegal weapons possession but who were referred for campus disciplinary action for same;
    • Crimes that manifest evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the victim’s actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability and involve larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, destruction/damage/vandalism of property, or any other crime involving bodily injury;
    • Those reported to law enforcement; and
    • Those that are considered to represent a continuing threat to other students and employees.

    In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the college president or designee, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus-wide “timely warning” will be issued.  The warning will be issued through the college e-mail system to students, employees, and the campus’ student newspaper.  The information shall be disseminated by the Public Information Officer in a manner that aids the prevention of similar crimes.

    Depending on the particular circumstances of the crime, especially in all situations that could pose an immediate threat to the community and individuals, the Public Information Officer may also post a notice on the college emergency alert system and the college web page.  Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the college public safety, by phone at 503-491-7310 or in person in room AC 2330 on the Gresham campus.

    The college shall not be required to provide a timely warning with respect to crimes reported to a pastoral or professional counselor.

    If there is an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on campus, the college shall follow its emergency notification procedures.

    The public safety department shall annually collect and distribute statistics concerning crimes on campus.  All college staff with significant responsibility for student and campus activities shall report crimes about which they receive information.

    The public safety department shall publish an Annual Security Report every year by October 1 that contains statistics regarding crimes committed on campus and at affiliated locations for the previous three years.  The Annual Security Report shall also include policies pertaining to campus security, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, victims’ assistance program, student discipline, campus resources, and other matters.  The college shall make the report available to all current students and employees.  The college will also provide prospective students and employees with a copy of the Annual Security Report upon request.  A copy of the Annual Security Report can be obtained by contacting college public safety by phone at 503-491-7310 or in person in room AC 2330 on the Gresham campus or at www.mhcc.edu/PublicSafety/CleryReport/.

    To Report a Crime:

    Contact public safety at 503-491-7310 for non-emergencies and dial 9-1-1 or 503-491-7911 for emergencies.  Any suspicious activity or person seen in the parking lots or loitering around vehicles or inside buildings should be reported to the public safety department. 

    If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the college system or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report.  With your permission, the college public safety department can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity.  The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others.  With such information, the college can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant, and alert the campus community to potential danger.  Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crime statistics for the institution.

    The college encourages anyone who is the victim or witnesses to any crime to promptly report the incident to the police.  Because police reports are public records under state law, the police cannot hold reports of crime in confidence.  Confidential reports for purposes of inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics can generally be made to college public safety.  Confidential reports of crime may also be made through the Report a Concern link on the college website.

    Approved:      8/29/23