Linfield Free Press

Share Your No-Contact Orders

Published by Cale Byers on .

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I'm beginning an investigative project to collect no-contact orders and identify systemic issues at Linfield, considering outcomes from individual stories and looking at broader patterns. There appears to be a pattern of ongoing abuse, with some students having committed multiple assaults, or harassing multiple people. If you have a no-contact order, please get in touch, and I'd like to interview you and learn about your circumstances. Please review the security tips at the end of this post before contacting me! I understand your apprehensions about sharing, but I encourage you to remain skeptical of whatever advice the college has given (or threatened) regarding the confidentiality of your no-contact orders. Linfield prefers to avoid legal matters, but not necessarily to ensure that you receive justice. I will never share personally-identifying information without your consent, and I will consult with an attorney when appropriate, to make sure nobody is exposed to unnecessary legal risk. To incentivize your participation, I'm offering payment of $20 per hour for interviews, and $20 for each no-contact order. However, please understand that I have little money, and this newspaper has no revenue model. If you would like to volunteer your time and documents, I would appreciate it greatly, but I believe you are entitled to compensation if you so choose.

Current Understanding and Some Speculation

Despite years of educational campaigns and safety orientations, students are nonetheless raped, harassed, or abused each year, while their abusers remain on campus, facing no legal consequences, and scant repercussions within the collegiate judicial system. Based on a number of confidential discussions with students, it appears that Linfield administrators encourage both parties to sign no-contact orders. These documents are a college policy that carries little actual weight. Whereas violating a restraining order or other legal judgement from a court may land someone in jail, it's unclear if any penalties exist for breaking the college's no-contact orders. It's also important to note that each student, whether a criminal or not, generates thousands of dollars in revenue each semester. If the college punishes students who commit rape, assault, harassment, or violate other laws, they risk losing tuition dollars.

Therefore, I argue that the capitalist profit-motive stands in opposition to the duty to protect students from dangerous individuals, and Linfield's community suffers tremendously. Expelling rapists will reduce profit per rapist, but if dangerous students are retained, they will damage the quality of life of many others, whether through re-traumatizing them or by abusing multiple other students. It stands to reason that affected students may leave the college, and if any ex-Linfield transfers can confirm with personal stories, it might help sway the college into expelling rapists. From what I've gathered, it appears that Linfield cares more about its bottom-line than the welfare of its students.

Little information is known about the current environment at Linfield. Our understanding is incomplete. Overall, people remain silent, and the college is complicit in the ongoing danger posed by its harboring of criminals. Through inquiry, we can determine which actions are helpful to student safety, and which policies or decisions are damaging.

Security and Privacy Considerations

Before sending any messages, please make sure you are not using a Linfield computer or email address. I can be reached privately through Signal, an app that encrypts your communication. This is the preferred method of contact, but iMessages are also fine. If you've linked your Linfield email to Twitter or Instagram, make sure you don't receive email notifications when you send messages on social media. If my Twitter message ends up in your Linfield inbox, it can be read by the college. It is best not to use a Linfield account for your personal affairs. It is not necessary to use the Tor browser, but you're welcome to do so.

Cale Byers