Issues

Intervention, Mediation and Sanctions

The university will create a mechanism -- modeled after the award-winning programs on campus -- which encourages reporting of acts of racism, hate crimes and racial harassment whether they occur on campus or off campus; which provides advocacy and support to the victim; and which includes swift and professional investigation, reports to the campus judicial system, and encourages and supports the victim in reporting to appropriate external agencies. This system will be available for the first week in the winter quarter 1997 and will require refinement of program components during the winter quarter.
Assignment: University Public Safety, Minority Student Programs, Affirmative Action Office

Actions taken to date: Initial protocols were developed for Student Life & Development Dec. 2, 1997. An initial meeting with advocates took place on Dec. 15, 1997 to develop review reporting procedures, draft documentation sheet and to discuss the role of advocates.

University Public Safety is developing procedures for communicating, reporting and investigating incidents involving racism, hate crimes and racial harassment.

Advocate education is to be scheduled and position descriptions will be revised.

The first quarterly report covering the winter quarter on hate crimes has been distributed. That report detailed 11 racially motivated incidents, 17 sexual orientation biased events, and 4 gender biased incidents. We used two reporting formats and we are seeking specific feedback about the best method from the viewpoint of campus citizens.

The university will develop an advocate support system for victims of racism, hate crimes and racial harassment utilizing faculty, staff and students who are trained in advocacy and university systems.
Implementation: By the end of winter quarter 1997-98.
Assignment: Minority Student Programs

Actions taken to date: Initial protocols were developed for Student Life and Development Dec. 2, 1997. An initial meeting with advocates took place on Dec. 15, 1997 to develop review reporting procedures, draft documentation sheet and discuss the role of advocates. Minority Student Programs notified students of the revised process in December.

The system of reporting includes an advocacy component. In each of the 11 racially-motivated incidents reported winter quarter, the victim was contacted by an advocate.

The university has reviewed its current code of conduct and will revise it to make it clear that any student found guilty of conduct violation involving racism, hate crimes or racial harassment will face severe disciplinary action which may include a range of sanctions, including education, mediation, and immediate dismissal from residence halls and/or the university.
Assignment: Student Life and Development

Actions taken to date: Code reviewed to insure that statements of bias violations are satisfactory. These will be highlighted in the next edition of Code (summer 1998).

Residential Life director sent to every student living in the residence halls a letter which discussed diversity issues and possible sanctions.

The university will develop a means for reporting incidents of racism, hate crimes and racial harassment to the campus community as well as a means to follow the progress of cases that occur. These will be based on successful systems in place at the university.
Implementation: December, 1997.
Assignment: University Public Safety; University Communications

Actions taken to date: Beginning in December, University Public Safety included incidents and crimes involving bias or hate in its statistical incident and crime reports. Those incidents that involve a potential continuing threat to any individual in the campus community will become the subject of a campus-wide crime alert. An annual report will be developed for fall of 1998.

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