The safety and security of students and others who enter our campus is important to us.
In Case of Emergencies
In emergencies, students should first call 911 and then notify the administrative staff at 541.776.9942.
In non-life-threatening situations, PBC personnel may typically be notified and respond before the city police. Emergencies can be reported directly to Public Safety 24–hours a day by anyone.
Medford Police Non-Emergency Line: 541.776.7206
Pacific Bible College College Campus Safety Guidelines
It is the policy of Pacific Bible College not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability in admissions and access to, or treatment or employment in its programs or activities.
Statement Regarding Sexual Violence
Pacific Bible College prohibits, condemns, and deplores all instances of sexual violence as an affront to the dignity of the victim, being a human person created in the Image of God, and as a disordered and self-destructive impulse in the offender. Whereas we will seek to approach all parties involved in such instances with compassion and understanding, we will maintain zero-tolerance for sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship abuse, and stalking both on campus and among our students off campus. Anyone found participating in any of these activities will be subject to disciplinary action and/or prosecution in accordance with PBC policy and Oregon State laws.
Developing a Shared Language
Be knowledgeable; stay informed. In order for you to better protect yourself and others, here are some important terms for you to understand:
- Sexual Assault is any unwanted sexual contact which occurs forcibly or by compulsion and without consent. Reference: ORS 147.450; ORS 163.305
Consent is a clear “yes,” not the absence of a “no.” A person is unable to consent if they are 1) under 18 years old, 2) mentally incapacitated, or 3) physically helpless. Reference: ORS 163.315
- Domestic Abuse is abuse which occurs between family, household members, or other intimate partners. Reference: ORS 107.705
- Dating Violence is a pattern of behavior in which a person uses or threatens to use physical, mental, or emotional abuse or sexual violence to control another person with whom they are in a dating relationship. Reference: ORS 339.366
- Stalking is any repeated and unwanted contact at which an individual may reasonably be alarmed or apprehensive regarding their personal safety or that of a member of their immediate family or household. Reference: ORS 163.732
We want to keep PBC a safe and secure environment for all of our students, faculty, and staff. Every one of us has a role to play, including you. Here are some tips on how to prevent sexual violence on campus and among our students before it happens.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Know where you are and how to find help if you are in a bad situation. Be able to locate the nearest exit.
Avoid isolated areas – it’s significantly more difficult to get help if you are alone. If you have a night class, walk to your car in a group. Do not linger with strangers.
- Keep a watch on the classroom door: Do not let strangers in. Direct them to enter through the lobby or inform them of normal business hours.
Walk with purpose. Look like you know where you are going and what you are doing, even if you don’t. Keep all your senses available. Display outrage – not fear – if threatened.
- Trust your instincts if you feel unsafe or uncomfortable. Call 911 if you feel threatened by someone’s behavior, conversation, or demeanor.
- Do not feel obligated to accept unwanted or unsolicited help (walking to your car, carrying packages et.) for the sake of being polite.
If you see someone who is in a threatening situation, or who is about to become a victim of sexual assault, consider intervention according to the following acronym: S.T.O.P.
- Shift focus: The lowest pressure option is to create a distraction or shift the focus of the victim and/ or perpetrator to ensure he or she can get out of the situation. If it is appropriate, you can also use humor or an excuse to divert the attention of the perpetrator. This creates an opportunity for the potential victim to walk away in a non-confrontational way.
- Talk: You can talk to the perpetrator and or/ the victim by pointing out what you are observing. For instance, if drinking is involved, you can suggest that it might be better if everyone goes home until they are sober. This allows the perpetrator to make the choice to stop and provides the victim the opportunity to leave.
- Object: Similar to talking to the victim and the perpetrator, you can also confront the harmful behavior more directly by objecting to what you are witnessing. This response allows the potential victim to be empowered to escape the situation. Objecting involves stepping in to separate individuals and using assertive language.
- Partner: You can look for partners in your community who may be better equipped to step in if you feel uncomfortable or unsafe. Ask others to get involved with the situation (e.g. a friend, supervisor, bouncer, police officer). You should become familiar with the resources available at PBC that may assist in addressing a risky situation.
Be sure to consider your own safety. If it is not safe for you to intervene, call 911 immediately. In evaluating whether to intervene, following this five-step process:
- Notice the event along the continuum of socially-acceptable, age-appropriate behavior.
- Consider whether the situation demands your intervention.
- Decide if you have a responsibility to act.
- Choose what form of assistance to use (S.TO.P.).
- Understand how to implement this choice safely.
Victim’s Rights and Protection Orders
If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual violence:
It is very important to preserve physical evidence for proof in criminal proceedings. It is a good idea not to change your clothes or take a shower, etc.
Report this immediately to a trusted faculty or staff member at Pacific Bible College, or directly to the Dean of Students.
Seek help or personal counseling from your pastor or other competent personal mentor (contact the Dean of Students for off-campus resources).
Victim’s rights include:
- A prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution.
- To decline to report to law enforcement.
- To be assisted by college administrators or faculty in reporting to law enforcement.
- To request changes to your academic, living, transportation and working situation if requested and reasonably available whether or not a formal report is made.
- To have others present and to be accompanied by an advisor of their choice to any meetings or proceedings regarding the incident. This right pertains likewise to the perpetrator.
Disciplinary proceedings will take place according to Pacific Bible College’s Student Conduct policy (see current year’s Student Catalog-Handbook). Per Title IX regulations, the preponderance of the evidence will be considered to determine the veracity of accusations on a “more likely than not” basis.
How to Report an Incident
All faculty and employees of the college are required to report instances of discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence whether they are witnesses thereto or if the incident is relayed to them by another source, such as a student or colleague.
To File A Title IX Complaint:
To request an anonymous PBC TITLE IX INCIDENT REPORT FORM, copy/past the following URL link into a web browser: https://forms.office.com/r/GUdpEkSUVV or visit the PBC Campus Safety Page at: https://pacificbible.edu/safety-security/title-ix/
To access a form in Person, by Email or Phone: Any PBC Faculty, Staff member &/or anyone on the PBC TITLE IX RESPONSE TEAM is available to help students access and/or fill out a PBC TITLE IX INCIDENT REPORT FORM.
Students do not need to be the direct victim of sexual harassment or sexual violence to file a report. Any third party with knowledge of assault or discrimination may file a report.
Students may also contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800. 656.HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area, or you can visit hotline.rainn.org/online.
Generally, a PBC complaint must be filed within 180 days of the incident. If the complaint involves matters that occurred longer than 180 days, a request for a waiver may be petitioned. The student will be asked to show good cause as to why the complaint was not addressed within the 180-day period.
Students dealing with the effects of any reported situation may receive confidential on-campus support by contacting anyone on the Title IX team who will provide access to the counseling department at PBC for confidential support services or make appropriate referrals elsewhere.
PBC’S Title IX Team:
PBC Administrative Assistant
Title IX Coordinator/Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Senior Title IX Coordinator
Student Success Coordinator
Deputy/Assistant/ Title IX Coordinator
Financial Aid Coordinator
Deputy/Assistant/ Title IX Coordinator
Chief Academic Officer
Deputy/Assistant / Title IX Coordinator
To learn more about PBC’s Title IX Policy click on the link below: