Saint Louis University

Harassment & Bias Related Incident

The mission of the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action is to promote a deep understanding and appreciation among the diverse members of the University community, to promote justice and equality in educational and employment opportunities, as well as to lead efforts to create an inclusive academic and work environment. Contact the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action at (314) 977-3838.

Saint Louis University is committed to creating an inclusive environment that respects the fundamental dignity of all human beings. As part of this commitment, the University has developed the Hate Crime and Bias-Related Incident Protocol to provide a caring, effective, and uniform response to any member of the SLU community who reports a hate crime or bias-related incident, or who is the victim of a hate crime or bias-related incident.

Hate Crime and Bias-Related Incident Protocol

Harassment Policy

Topic Areas:

- Student who has Experienced Harassment

- Student who has Experienced Discrimination

- Student who is being Bullied

- Student Experiencing Persistent Unwanted Attention (Stalking)

Student who has Experienced Harassment

Harassment based upon race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status is conduct that interferes with an individual's work or academic performance or participation in University programs or activities, and creates a working or learning environment that a reasonable person would find threatening, intimidating, or hostile.

Harassment may occur between students, faculty, and staff of any gender. It may occur when one individual holds a position of real or perceived authority over the other or between individuals of equal status. Harassment can occur anywhere on campus, including the classroom, workplace, residence hall, or within any University sponsored program or activity.
Harassment based upon protected classes may involve:

• Physically assaulting or repeatedly intimidating, teasing, mocking, or joking based on an individual's race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status
• Repeatedly directing racial or ethnic slurs at an individual
• Repeatedly telling an individual that he/she is too old to understand new technology
• Repeatedly displaying disparaging visual material (calendars, posters, cards, software, and web sites)

Harassment of students is covered by the University's Harassment Policy in the Student Handbook, §1.8. The University's Hate Crime and Bias Related Incident Protocol in the Student Handbook, §1.9 may also be implicated in situations involving the behavior described in this section.

- DO -
• Take the situation seriously
• Take a look at the University's Harassment Policy in the Student Handbook, §1.8 for information pertaining to University responsibilities
• Take a look at The University's Hate Crime and Bias Related Incident Protocol in the Student Handbook, §1.9 for information pertaining to University responsibilities
• Separate your personal biases from your professional role
• Listen carefully to the student, and assure the student you understand
• Ask the student if they would like to speak to a counselor at the University Counseling Center and provide them the contact information, (314) 977-TALK (8255)
• Inform the student that informal and formal complaints can be made in the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action Office (DuBourg Hall 36, 314-977-3838) or the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards (Wuller Hall, 2nd Floor North, 314-977-7326). Know that the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action or Student Responsibility and Community Standards can consult with you or the student about the options available in this situation
• Know that the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards can issue a "No Contact Order" to a SLU student

- DON'T -
• Investigate. A good faith sense that this is a problem is enough
• Ignore the situation: Taking no action reinforces the student's already shaky perception that she/he has been wronged. Ignoring the issue can also have legal implications.
• Overreact: Listen, support, and guide the student to appropriate channels.

Referrals:
Urgent Assessment
Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action - (314) 977-3838
Dean of Students - (314) 977-9378
Title IX Coordinator - (314) 977-3065
University Counseling Center - (314) 977-TALK (8255)
Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards - (314) 977-7326

Student who has Experienced Discrimination

Discrimination is conduct that deprives an individual of a benefit of employment or educational opportunity on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

- DO -
• Take the situation seriously
• Take a look at the University's Harassment Policy in the Student Handbook, §1.8 for information pertaining to University responsibilities
• Take a look at The University's Hate Crime and Bias Related Incident Protocol in the Student Handbook, §1.9 for information pertaining to University responsibilities
• Separate your personal biases from your professional role
• Listen carefully to the student, and assure the student you understand
• Ask the student if they would like to speak to a counselor at the University Counseling Center and provide them the contact information, (314) 977-TALK (8255)
• Inform the student that informal and formal complaints can be made in the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action Office (DuBourg Hall 36, 314-977-3838) or the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards (Wuller Hall, 2nd Floor North, 314-977-7326). Know that the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action or Student Responsibility and Community Standards can consult with you or the student about the options available in this situation
• Know that the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards can issue a "No Contact Order" to a SLU student

- DON'T -
• Investigate: A good faith sense that this is a problem is enough
• Ignore the situation: Taking no action reinforces the student's already shaky perception that she/he has been wronged. Ignoring the issue can also have legal implications
• Overreact: Listen, support, and guide the student to appropriate channels

Referrals:
Urgent Assessment
Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action - (314) 977-3838
Dean of Students - (314) 977-9378
Title IX Coordinator - (314) 977-3065
University Counseling Center - (314) 977-TALK (8255)
Office of Student Resonsibility and Community Standards - (314) 977-7326

Student Experiencing Persistent Unwanted Attention (Stalking)

Students can be stalked or experience persistent unwanted behavior both in and out of relationships by partners, ex-partners, acquaintances, or strangers. This can include:

• Information gathering from friends, internet, professors
• Repeated non-threatening mail, email, pages, and phone calls
• Notes or flowers left on a car
• Observing/following and "coincidentally" showing up wherever the student goes
• Waiting outside class, or next to the student's car
• False reports to authorities, spreading rumors, giving misinformation or secrets to friends, family, or professors
• Vandalism or destruction of property, sabotage of schoolwork
• Threatening mail, e-mail, notes, text messages, phone calls, and/or pages (threats direct, implied, or symbolic).
• Breaking into car, e-mail, home, etc and leaving evidence
Common reactions you might observe:
• Fear
• Shame, minimization, taking responsibility for the other person's behavior
• Concern for the well-being of the perpetrator ("I want him/her to get help")

- DO -
• Tell the student what you notice
• Advise the student to keep records of what is happening if they are not ready to seek other help. This should include keeping screen shots of text messages, phone records, and copies of social media comments, e.g. Facebook postings.
• Ask the student if they would like to speak to a counselor at the University Counseling Center and provide them the contact information, (314) 977-TALK (8255) and inform the student that confidentiality can only be assured by talking with a counselor and offer to walk the student over to the University Counseling Center to see a counselor
• Listen carefully to the student, and assure the student you understand
• Inform the student that informal and formal complaints can be made in the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action Office (DuBourg Hall 36, 314-977-3838) or the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards (Wuller Hall, 2nd Floor North, 314-977-7326). Know that the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action or Student Responsibility and Community Standards can consult with you or the student about the options available in this situation
• Know that the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards can issue a "No Contact Order" to a SLU student which prohibits contact between the students including communication via social media sites
• Contact the Title IX Coordinator: DuBourg Hall 36, (314) 977-3065

- DON'T -
• Promise confidentiality
• Dismiss the possibility that this is a problem relationship
• Investigate
• Do nothing. Taking no action implicitly condones a potentially harmful situation
• Overreact
• Moralize about the circumstances

Referrals:
Urgent Assessment
Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action - (314) 977-3838
Dean of Students - (314) 977-9378
Title IX Coordinator - (314) 977-3065
University Counseling Center - (314) 977-TALK (8255)
Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards - (314) 977-7326

Student who is being Bullied

Signs that a student may be the victim of bullying include:

• Unexplained injuries or damage to their belongings
• Has few, if any, friends with whom she/he spends time
• Shows fear in relation to school or school activities
• Has a sudden decline in academic performance
• Has a sudden change in affect or complains of physical ailments
• Appears clingy to faculty and staff
• Appears anxious
• May have frequent absences or a sudden decrease in attendance

- DO -
• Take the situation seriously
• Take a look at the University's Harassment Policy in the Student Handbook, §1.8 for information pertaining to University responsibilities
• Take a look at The University's Hate Crime and Bias Related Incident Protocol in the Student Handbook, §1.9 for information pertaining to University responsibilities
• Separate your personal biases from your professional role
• Listen carefully to the student, and assure the student you understand
• Ask the student if they would like to speak to a counselor at the University Counseling Center and provide them the contact information, (314) 977-TALK (8255)
• Inform the student that informal and formal complaints can be made in the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action Office (DuBourg Hall 36, 314-977-3838) or the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards (Wuller Hall, 2nd Floor North, 314-977-7326). Know that the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action or Student Responsibility and Community Standards can consult with you or the student about the options available in this situation
• Know that the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards can issue a "No Contact Order" to a SLU student

- DON'T -
• Investigate: A good faith sense that this is a problem is enough
• Ignore the situation: Taking no action reinforces the student's already shaky perception that she/he has been wronged. Ignoring the issue can also have legal implications
• Overreact: Listen, support, and guide the student to appropriate channels

Referrals:
Urgent Assessment
University Counseling Center - (314) 977-TALK (8255)
Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards - (314) 977-7326
Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action - (314) 977-3838
Dean of Students - (314) 977-9378
Title IX Coordinator - (314) 977-3065

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