Online Hate Crime and Bias Incident Reporting

Gusties: Stop The Hate! Important Information about bias-motivated harassment and hate incidents and College policy

Gustavus Adolphus College aspires to be a community of persons from diverse backgrounds who respect and affirm the dignity of all people. As such, and consistent with our core values and civic responsibilities, respect for each individual is central to how we conduct our work and build relationships within our community. Therefore, harassment, discrimination, and behavior that fail to respect the dignity of another are not compatible with this shared vision of our identity and mission as a liberal arts, residential, Lutheran college and will not be tolerated.

Definitions

  • Hate or bias-motivated behavior: Any act or expression directed against a person, group or their property that is motivated in whole or in part by a belief or perception regarding their real or perceived identities.
  • Bias incident: an expression of hostility, whether spoken, written, symbolic or other form, which is motivated by some form of prejudice based on the victim's actual or perceived identity (i.e. sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, ability, religious affiliation, etc.). A bias incident is a violation of campus policy and will be investigated and adjudicated.
  • Hate crime: A criminal act that involves one (or more) of three specific crime groupings (assault, property damage and harassment/stalking), that is directed toward an individual or group that is (or perceived to be) a member of a protected class as defined by the Minnesota Human Rights Act and is motivated by an offender’s bias. A hate crime is a violation of campus policy and will be investigated and adjudicated.

College Policy

The policy of Gustavus Adolphus College is that every employee has the right to work and every student has the right to study in an environment free from harassment. Harassment based on gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, natural origin, ability, age, or any other protected class status, may violate state and federal law; it also subverts the educational mission and undermines the sense of community of Gustavus Adolphus College. The College will not tolerate harassment of any member of the College community. Any person who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination/dismissal.

Harassment consists of unwelcome or offensive conduct, whether verbal, physical, or visual, that is based on a protected group status. The College will not tolerate harassing conduct that:

  1. Affects tangible job or academic benefits;
  2. Interferes unreasonably with an employee's work performance or a student's academic progress or success;
  3. Creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

Such harassment may include, for example:

  1. Epithets, slurs or negative stereotypes;
  2. Intimidating or hostile acts based upon protected classification;
  3. Written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion to persons of a protected classification and that is posted or circulated on College property.

What can I do if I believe I'm the victim of a bias incident or hate crime?

Make sure you are safe. Remove yourself from any potentially dangerous situation immediately. Report the incident as soon as possible by calling Campus Safety at 507-933-8888. Others to whom you can make a report include:

  • Dean of Students Office staff
  • Diversity Center Director
  • Residential Life staff
  • Campus Safety Director
  • St. Peter Police department

Preserve any evidence (graffiti, phone call recordings, email messages, letters, etc.) if possible. Take note of any other witnesses to the incident.

What can I do if I witness a bias incident or hate crime?

Report the incident as soon as possible by calling Campus Safety at 507-933-8888. Others to whom you can make a report include:

  • Dean of Students Office staff
  • Diversity Center Director
  • Residential Life staff
  • Campus Safety Director
  • St. Peter Police department

You can also consider submitting an on-line (choose to report anonymously or identify yourself) by filling out the form linked below.

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