Health and Safety
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 safety while at Birthingway.
Contact the Administrative Programs Coordinator if you would like to review prior year security reports.
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.
In the event that a situation arises that, in the judgment of the President or Operations Coordinator, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a school-wide timely warning will be issued. The Birthingway Community will be informed through prominent notices on the school bulletin boards, in student mailboxes and through email. Upon confirmation of an immediate and significant emergency or dangerous situation, or if there is a need to evacuate the building, those inside the Foster building will be alerted through a building-wide announcement using the page-all phone system.
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 community members to keep their car doors locked and not to leave the building alone if possible. College staff check all doors and rooms before closing for the night. Outside doors are kept locked during evening classes. Birthingway encourages students and faculty to report any safety concerns to a staff member.
For more information, read through our Emergency Pamphlet.
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 and staff/faculty. As part of our Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program, Birthingway educates and informs our community of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol, refers community members to counseling and treatment resources, and informs them of legal penalties for noncompliance.
The College holds a strict policy against any community member (including faculty, staff, and students) attending class, clinicals, births, or any other work/practice settings in any condition other than sober. All must be able to concentrate and make good decisions. Any conviction for illegal drug and/or alcohol use or possession while on college property; engaging in college business; taking part in any Birthingway educational opportunity (such as field trips, clinical training, doula births); or in any way serving in a midwifery-related capacity will result in immediate expulsion or termination from Birthingway.
Use of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in the Birthingway building and on Birthingway property except for special events, such as graduation, when approved by the Birthingway President or Board of Directors. Anyone under the influence of alcohol will be removed and dismissed or suspended from the college premises.
For counseling and treatment resources, health risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse and legal penalties, please see our current Student Handbook and Catalog.
Birthingway strongly encourages anyone who is the victim of, or witness to, a crime to immediately report it to the Portland Police.
To report a crime or request emergency assistance:
To make a non-emergency police report:
In addition, we ask that students and faculty report crimes to Birthingway’s front office (or to any staff member), preferably in writing. Please include the date, time (if known), and nature of the crime along with any pertinent details. The report may be submitted anonymously if the student does not wish to contact the police. Staff or faculty who receive a crime report should forward the information to the Operations Coordinator.