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Safety Initiatives at Linfield

Campus safety initiatives

Public safety emergency app

Timeframe and status: Sept. 2021

To better serve our community and increase access to safety measures, we are implementing an emergency app for use by all Linfield community members. This new system will replace the existing blue light network that has served our campus for years.

Through the Wildcat Guardian app, all students will have the ability to contact the on-duty LPS officer from anywhere, rather than just within proximity to the blue lights. This ensures that the caller will be able to move safely to their location while alerting an LPS officer.

The app is compatible with all smartphones.

 

Student Safety Patrol

Timeframe and status: training will take place through September with an anticipated launch of the pilot program on Oct. 1, 2021.

The Student Safety Patrol will support LPS officers in keeping campus safe by augmenting campus patrol visibility and offering safety escorts after dark. The Student Safety Patrol will provide peer support for students as well as training and leadership skills for student employees involved in the program while demonstrating our commitment to peer-led safety. 

This pilot program is currently in development. Depending on the success of the pilot, the Student Safety Patrol may become a permanent fixture at Linfield.

 

Campus lighting project

Timeframe and status: completed in summer 2020

Linfield has been working to address key issues and enhance outdoor lighting levels across the McMinnville campus. In coordination with ASLU, Linfield’s student government, this project has focused on linking major building entrances to each other and to primary auto/bike parking areas. Enhanced lighting adds to a sense of safety at night, encourages the use of well-traveled areas, preserves the landscaped, park-like character of campus and conserves energy to the greatest degree possible. 

Over the course of this project, we have replaced acorn lights along pedestrian pathways, in parking areas and at intersections with LEDs to improve light quality while increasing energy efficiency and savings. New LED lighting has been installed at Memorial Stadium, the facilities services building, covered bike shelters, the exterior of HHPA, HP Park apartment buildings A-F and between Latourette Hall and Cook Hall. Many existing Linfield-owned posts have been replaced with LED fixtures as well.

The outdoor lighting walkway network at Linfield includes city-owned streets and lighting. ASLU and Linfield University administration continue this work by partnering with the city of McMinnville in making lighting improvements where necessary.

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Camera installation

Timeframe and status: Portland campus completed; McMinnville campus to begin in early October

In order to help enhance campus safety, we will add a camera security system to key locations throughout the McMinnville campus. This project was just recently completed at our Portland campus. For our larger McMinnville campus, we have applied for a grant to cover a majority of the $160,000 installation and equipment cost. The motion-activated cameras send real-time reports of suspicious activity to LPS officers, furthering their ability to monitor and intervene when issues arise on campus.

 


Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence 

Website update

Timeframe and status: July 2021

Visit the newly updated Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence website where practices, policies, procedures and reporting processes are more accessible and easier to understand. Review detailed information, new flowcharts and informational videos. We continue to work to improve the website and welcome your feedback.

 

Sexual Assault Task Force

Timeframe and status: established May 2020; report delivered August 2020

Reflecting our ongoing commitment to compassionately address and effectively reduce incidents of sexual misconduct and relationship violence, during the 2019-20 academic year, President Davis commissioned a task force to evaluate and provide recommendations for improving the university’s Title IX practices, policies and procedures.

The task force, consisting of students, faculty and staff, concluded that Linfield was in compliance with all federal and state laws and had appropriate Title IX policies, procedures and personnel in place. They noted, however, that like many colleges and universities, weaknesses existed around encouraging reluctant survivors to come forward.

 

Title IX Working Group

Timeframe and status: established Sept. 2020; work is ongoing

In the summer of 2020, a Title IX Working Group was established to help make actionable the recommendations of the President’s Sexual Assault Task Force. The group, made up of faculty, staff and student representatives, worked with internal and external experts to ensure that Linfield’s Title IX practices, policies and procedures are clear and address the most pressing concerns of all university stakeholders.

They are working to ensure that Linfield does not simply meet all federal and state laws and guidelines, but exceeds them through the implementation of trauma-informed best practices and fair processes. 

The working group remains active and committed to addressing evolving Title IX guidance that is expected from the new administration in the weeks and months ahead resulting from the “Comprehensive Review of Title IX” actions announced in July 2021. Visit Linfield’s Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence pages for more information.

 

Coordinator of student wellness and sexual harassment advocacy programs

Timeframe and status: welcoming a new candidate in Sept. 2021

To bolster our commitment to student safety and support, this specialist will focus on addressing sexual misconduct, relationship violence and safety-related issues. They will integrate educational programs with environmental initiatives to promote the health and wellbeing of Linfield students

A key resource on the sexual assault and relationship violence team, the coordinator of student wellness and sexual harassment advocacy programs will:

  • Recruit and train process navigators and other advocates
  • Partner with the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Taskforce
  • Gather and organize sexual misconduct report information and provide aggregate data in alignment with The Clery Act
  • Help assess campus climate and define programming needs around sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence and inform funding priorities

To ensure our students are receiving the best possible support, we have revised the position qualifications to require a master’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent combined education and training.

 


General safety initiatives

Campus climate survey

Timeframe and status: survey completed 2021; results in early summer and currently (August, September) being reviewed and analyzed by the Diversity and Equity Survey Team.

In collaboration with the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS), Linfield conducted a diversity and equity survey in the spring of 2021. The results will help us better understand how current students, faculty and staff perceive Linfield’s climate, the level of support for diversity and equity, and the frequency at which community members experience discrimination or harassment. Included in this survey were questions about types of discriminatory or harassing behavior experienced, the source of that behavior (students, faculty, staff, local community) and the general location of that behavior (classroom, office, residence, social media).

The anonymous survey was accessible through secure links in Linfield Ahead and Blackboard. It was distributed to current students, faculty and staff at all Linfield locations including the McMinnville campus, Portland campus and Online and Continuing Education (OCE). The survey was distributed both by email as well as hard copy in English and in Spanish. Linfield leadership will use the data collected from the 791 responses to better understand the concerns of Linfield’s community and implement solutions.

Survey results will be made available to the community when the Diversity and Equity Survey Team completes the initial analysis. Find survey information and results here.