2004 Security Report

The Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act (Public Law 101-542) requires that all institutions of higher education produce an annual security report. Birthingway has prepared the following information so that our community can make an informed choice about their personal security while at Birthingway.

Crime Statistics

Crimes reported to Birthingway or the Portland Police Bureau during the year 2003 are as follows:

Crime On Campus Public Property
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 0 0
Forcible sex offenses 0 0
Non-forcible sex offenses 0 0
Robbery 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0
Burglary 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0
Arson 0 0
Negligent manslaughter 0 0
Arrests for liquor and drug law violations, or for illegal weapons possession 0 0
Disciplinary referrals for liquor and drug law violations, or for illegal weapons possession 0 0
"On Campus" is defined as the school building, parking lot, and surrounding landscaping. "Public Property" is defined as the sidewalks, roads, and other community use areas adjacent to the College campus. Birthingway has no off-campus buildings.

No hate offenses were reported in 2003.

In addition, the Portland Police Bureau has provided information about crimes taking place in the surrounding neighborhood. Please see the map attached to the end of this report. (MAP)

Under the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, the Oregon State Police maintain information regarding registered sex offenders. You may request a list of sex offenders registered in any Oregon zip code by calling the Sex Offender Registration Unit at (503) 378-3720.

Security On-Campus and How to Report an On-Campus Crime

Birthingway is required by law to inform our students and employees of any situation that represents a threat to their safety. In addition, we will not tolerate the endangerment of the safety of our community. We will fully cooperate with local police in the investigation of any incidents.

As a small school, Birthingway does not employ security staff. However, we are careful to maintain the safety of our campus. The entire parking area is lit at night and we encourage all students to keep their car doors locked and to leave the building together if possible. College staff check all doors and rooms before closing for the night. If there is no staff in the front office, if you are the first to arrive at the school in the morning, or if for any other reason you feel concerned for your safety, we encourage you to keep the doors locked.

Birthingway encourages any student who is the victim of or witness to a crime to immediately report to the Portland Police.

To report a crime or request emergency assistance, call 9-1-1
To make a non-emergency police report, call 503-823-3333

In addition, we ask that students report crimes to Birthingway's front office (or to any College officer), preferably in writing. Please include the date, time (if known), and nature of the crime, along with any pertinent details. Your report may be submitted anonymously.

Any conviction for violent crime (including homicide, assault, and sex offenses) will cause immediate termination from Birthingway. Termination for other crimes will be handled on a case-by-case basis, depending on the specifics of the crime. Please see Birthingway's Community Code of Conduct.

Sexual Offenses

Birthingway will not tolerate any form of sexual abuse or assault by any member of the Birthingway community � be they faculty, staff, or students. Conviction for any sexual crime, including sexual harassment, will result in immediate termination from Birthingway.

Sexual offenses should be reported to the front office or to any College officer. Any crime may be reported anonymously. We encourage victims to contact local police as soon as possible and school personnel will assist in contacting them if requested. Victims and witnesses should keep in mind the importance of preserving evidence for proof of a criminal offense.

Birthingway staff is not qualified to provide professional counseling for victims. However, we will do our utmost in offering non-professional support, including changes to a student's academic situation if necessary. In addition, the following community resources are available:

Portland Women's Crisis Line: 503-232-9751
Women's Crisis Line/Rape Hotline: 503-235-5333

Birthingway will take disciplinary action in the event of a sexual offence by a student or staff/faculty member. Both the accuser and the accused are entitled to the opportunity to have others present during disciplinary proceedings. Both will be informed of the final determination by Birthingway.

Illegal Drug Use and Alcohol Possession

Illegal drug use and alcohol possession are violations of Birthingway policy. The College holds a strict policy against students attending class, clinicals, births, or any other practice settings in any condition other than clearheaded, able to concentrate and make good decisions. Individuals who do not take seriously their responsibilities to the women and babies they work with and who attempt to work in an intoxicated state -- whether from alcohol, marijuana, street drugs, or even too much caffeine -- will be expelled from the program.

Community Resources available for individuals who are alcohol and/or drug affected include:

Alcoholic Anonymous ..........................503-223-8569
Adult Children of Alcoholics.................503-292-1333
Cocaine Anonymous..............................503-256-1666
Narcotics Anonymous............................503-284-1787
Alcoholics Victorious.............................503-245-9629
Women in Recovery..............................503-248-6364
Crisis Line..............................................503-215-7082

In compliance with Public Law 101-226, The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989, Birthingway College of Midwifery is legally required and morally committed to the prevention of illicit drug use and the abuse of alcohol by students. BCM, in compliance with federal law, hereby educates and informs its students of the health risks associated with the use of various illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol, to refer them to counseling and treatment resources and to inform them of legal penalties for noncompliance.

Drug and alcohol abuse is dangerous to your health. The use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol can create a variety of health risks as well as impair one's ability to succeed at college and in a chosen career. Possible health risks may include:

ALCOHOL is the most commonly abused drug and can cause loss of concentration, poor judgment and coordination, impaired memory, drowsiness and mood swings, liver damage, high blood pressure and heart attack, cancer and heart disease.

PCP, LSD, HEROIN, MESCALINE and MORPHINE have a wide variety of negative health effects that may include hallucinations, mental confusion and/or permanent loss of mental function, addiction, convulsions, coma and death.

MARIJAUANA can cause impaired memory/judgment, increased heart rate, slowed reaction time, poor coordination and lung disease.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS if abused, can lead to malnutrition, sluggishness or hyperactivity, impaired reflexes and judgment, addiction and brain damage, coma and death.

COCAINE/CRACK is a powerful stimulant and may cause increased heart rate and high blood pressure, short attention span/poor judgment, irritability, aggression, mood swings, malnutrition, liver damage, seizures, coma, stroke, heart attack and death.

The following behaviors are violations of the standards of student conduct:

  • The illegal use, possession or distribution of drugs on college property or appearance on campus or at any college-sponsored event while under the influence of illegal drugs.

  • Student use of alcoholic beverages in any form shall be prohibited in BCM buildings and on BCM property except when approved by the BCM Board.

  •  Anyone under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances will be removed, dismissed or suspended from the college premises, functions, classes, activities or responsibilities.

Federal and state law sets severe penalties. The following chart describes the penalties for possession according to the Federal Drug Schedules.

Schedule I Class B Felony
Heroin, LSD, marijuana, mescaline, peyote, psilocybin
Maximum fine-$100,000 and sentencing

Schedule II Class C Felony
Methadone, morphine, cocaine, amphetamine, PCP
Maximum fine-$100,000 and sentencing

Schedule III Class A Misdemeanor
Non-amphetamine stimulants, some depressants
Maximum fine-$2,500 and sentencing

Schedule IV Class C Misdemeanor
Valium-type tranquilizers, some less potent depressants
Maximum fine-$500 and sentencing

All sentences are subject to sentencing guidelines. Presumptive sentence for personal use quantities on any controlled substance is 18 months probation including 10 jail days or 90 days in work release. Maximum sentence for personal use quantities of any controlled substance is 12 months in jail.

Delivery of less than five grams or possession of less than one ounce of marijuana is a violation. HB2479 established mandatory evaluation, education and treatment services for those under 18.

Oregon law allows vehicles used to transport illegal drugs to be seized and forfeited.

Alcohol is an illegal drug for those under 21 years of age. For drivers under 21, ANY detectable amount of alcohol may be grounds for license suspension from 90 days to one year.

About This Report

Birthingway's security report is prepared on an annual basis by the Birthingway administration by October 1st of each year. Statistics included are from both on-campus reporting and through the Portland Police Bureau. Data is submitted to the US Department of Education and is available to the general public at http://ope.ed.gov/security.

Birthingway's Annual Security Report is available free of charge to any interested party. Please contact the college office at 503-760-3131.