Ithaca College takes bias- and discrimination-related incidents seriously and investigates them thoroughly—and improving the current process for investigating and addressing such incidents has been a top focus.
This summer the college will begin using a newly revamped report-and-response mechanism to address bias incidents. The new, centralized approach includes the establishment of a Bias Impact Response Team, along with associated protocols, similar to those successfully employed at more than 100 other colleges and universities across the country. IC benchmarked and consulted with several of these institutions, including Louisiana State University, Columbia University, and SUNY Brockport, to develop its new system.
“Ithaca College will neither ignore nor tolerate words or actions intended to denigrate or marginalize any individual or group,” said Rosanna Ferro, vice president for student affairs and campus life. “Responding to all bias-related incidents in a timely way increases the chances that the investigation will be successful so the college can hold perpetrators accountable for their actions.”
Ferro added that results from the Campus Climate Survey issued in the spring of 2017 served as a catalyst for the new bias impact response system. An external review conducted by the campus safety and security consulting firm Margolis Healy also recommended establishment of such a system in a report issued in February.