Address Bias in our Community
Lourdes University is committed to be an inclusive community that welcomes and accepts all. We are a place that recognizes and celebrates differences. When an individual or group is disrespected or subject to discrimination or bias because of particular characteristics of social identity, like race or gender, it has a negative effect on the entire campus community. Every student, staff, and faculty member has a rightful place at Lourdes and violence and bias-related incidents will be addressed by the university.
Bias-related incidents are defined as behavior which constitutes an expression of hostility against a person or property of another because of the targeted person’s age, creed, disability, ethnic or national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, political or social affiliation, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Even when offenders are not aware of their bias or do not intend to offend, bias is revealed, which demands response and will not be tolerated.
If you experience a bias-related incident, consider the following:
Lourdes University encourages students, faculty and staff to seek support and report any incidents of bias.
In case of emergency: Call 911
In a non-emergency situations, individuals should consider their next best step. These include:
- Talk things over with someone you trust
- Report to a faculty or staff member at Lourdes who can investigate the situation
- If you aren’t interested in reporting an incident, it is still helpful to save any associated materials (such as text messages, voice mails, etc.) or document it with a picture. This will be helpful information to have if you decide to report it in the future.
To report, you can contact any of the following:
Lourdes Public Safety
On campus: 411
Off campus: 419-547-3861
Director of Community Standards
Dean of Student Life
Diversity & Multicultural Services
This is what will happen
- Safety issues will be addressed by Lourdes Public Safety and if necessary the local police, with the Director of Community Standards and Residence Life.
- A Student Life employee, most likely the Director of Community Standards will reach out to you to offer support.
- Student life and public safety will investigate and prepare a report.
- Whether or not the behavior is criminal, all student will be held to our code of Student Conduct and community standards
- The Dean of Students will be informed of the situation and review Student Affairs response. The Dean of Student Life may consult with staff from the Office of Diversity and Title IX to consider institutional action.
- The student conduct process will take place.
- Institutional sanctioning for such incident can be any combination of sanctions found on page 76 in the student handbook.