Creating a Culture of Respect

This Diversity, Equity & Belonging for Students course engages all learners–regardless of ability, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity–in creating respectful and inclusive campus communities at Ithaca College.

This 40-minute course introduces incoming and transfer students to key topics including: 

  • Identity and Selfhood 

  • Identity Transitions 

  • Power, Privilege, and Oppression 

  • Bias and Unconscious Bias 

  • Respect 

  • Allyship 

  • Self-Care” 


Our Fall 2021 DEB course was made available on Monday, July 26th, and must be completed by Sunday, August 15th. Each student received an email containing a link to the login page for the course. Use your IC netpass (username and password) to log in and begin the course.

Consider taking this DEB in multiple sittings, rather than all at once. When you log back in, you can continue where you left off. When accessing the course, make sure:

-You are checking your Ithaca College email account and not a third party account that may not be linked yet (Gmail, Yahoo, your high school email account).

-You check your spam/ junk folder in the IC email account just in case. 

-You allow any blocked content to be seen and trusted when opening this email (the prompt at the top of the message) to make sure the link is viewable and clickable. 

-You are not trying to access the course on your phone. A tablet, iPad, laptop, or desktop are strongly suggested and the course may not open on your phone. This course is best supported by the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, and Safari (preferred), or Microsoft Internet Explorer 11+

Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions:

Q. What is the purpose of this DEB Course?

A. As an academic community, Ithaca College is committed to providing an environment that encourages scholarship and personal growth. Students are expected to develop maturity, self-sufficiency, responsibility, self-understanding, and an understanding of and respect for the rights of others. This course is a first step towards talking about our community values and putting our college diversity statement in action. 

Q. Does the course collect personal information about my feelings, attitude, and behaviors around diversity, equity, and belonging?

A. The course includes confidential surveys to help personalize your experience and to measure attitudes and behaviors in our student population. ALL SURVEY RESPONSES ARE CONFIDENTIAL. IC will only receive information about the student body as a whole and will never see an individual student's answers.

Q. What if I have technical problems with completing the course on my computer?

A. To access the Vector Support Center, simply click on "Help" once you're in the course, or go directly to this link:

If you have any questions or concerns about your Alcohol Edu completion status, contact Hierald Osorto at for more information. 

Q.  I am a transfer student.  Do I need to complete this?

A.  Yes.

Q. I am a parent/caregiver of an incoming student. Do I have to complete the course?

A. No.  there is no required course for parents and caregivers.

Q.  What about students who do not have easy access to computers at home or in their community?

A.  We ask that you consider all the possibilities for accessing a computer.  A friend or family member may be willing to let you use their computer for this purpose.  The course can be completed on a computer, iPad, or tablet with access to the internet and audio capabilities.

If it is truly impossible to access a computer with necessary technical capabilities, you may receive an extension to complete the course until a solution can be identified.  Please contact The Center for IDEAS at, or call (607) 274-7777.