Eliminate Bias: Create a Community of Respect
Ithaca College is a diverse community committed to learning and an open exchange of ideas. We recognize that mutual respect, civility, and trust are crucial both to democratic citizenship and academic inquiry. Unfortunately, incidents of bias and hate can and have occurred on our campus over the last few years. These actions, motivated by bigotry, ignorance, insensitivity, and fear, have no place in our educational community and will not be tolerated.
Education is the most effective means for preventing these incidents and for helping to change attitudes that underlie such behavior. Many faculty, staff, and students commit themselves each year to raising the awareness of community members about diversity issues. However, when an incident of bias or hate occurs, we want to hear about it so that we have the best chance possible to respond to the situation.
Should you encounter an act of bigotry or hate on our campus, or in our community, it is important to know how to respond. Please review the information in this pamphlet and share it with your colleagues and friends so that we can help prevent incidents of bias and hate from occurring on our campus, and address them if they do occur. Every one of us is responsible for creating a learning community that encourages positive engagement with difference.
Thomas R. Rochon