Undergraduate Student Handbook

Supporting the Student and Community

The University believes it is important to respond to a hate crime or bias-related incident with concern for the student or other person who has been targeted and the community as a whole.  Student life personnel can assist the student or other person in documenting the event and explaining the options for addressing what has occurred.  If the incident is a crime, the individual can be assisted in contacting the police.  If the incident involves the violation of a University policy, the procedures for investigation and resolution may be undertaken. 

Appropriate assistance is available to students who are targeted.  Student Life personnel strive to ensure that the affected student feels safe in her/his living and educational environment and may, if appropriate, change campus housing or adjust course schedules.  The student life staff may also offer help documenting the event (i.e. taking photos of the offending material); help in talking with/filing a complaint with Security Services and/or the police; assistance in arranging counseling or other forms of support; or help, as appropriate, in initiating mediation between the affected student or other person and the offender.  If it is appropriate, the targeted individual may also elect to participate in a University sponsored discussion about the incident, if one is held.

When bias-related incidents or hate crimes occur on campus, they can strain the fabric of the community.  The Student Life Office may consider what sort of communication about the incident is appropriate, taking into account various factors such as personal safety and confidentiality.

In some cases, public discussion about the incident can serve to educate the community and promote awareness of prejudice.  Programs that address bias-related incidents can change a hateful incident into an opportunity for increased understanding and personal growth.  In some cases, the Student Life Office may collaborate with other offices on campus and with students decide to offer programs that include one or more of the following:  residence hall discussions, open forums, panels, films, speakers, and other educational programming.  Among other things, these events may serve to help the community understand and address what has occurred.

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