Bias Reporting

About

St. Olaf College is committed to providing a respectful, safe, and healthy environment for all its students, employees, and guests. To that end, the College prohibits all forms of discrimination based on an individual’s race, color, creed, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, or status with regard to public assistance. The College also prohibits all forms of harassment based upon any of these legally protected characteristics. These behaviors not only harm individuals, they also damage the St. Olaf community as a whole. In addition, some forms of these behaviors are crimes.

The College is committed to administering its policies and procedures in a manner that is fair and impartial and that treats all persons with dignity and respect. When the College determines that a violation of this Policy has occurred, the College will take prompt and appropriate measures aimed at stopping the violation, preventing its recurrence, and remedying its effects.

Use the navigation links on this page to learn more about the college’s Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Misconduct, and to access information and resources to support anyone who has been affected by, knows of, or wants to help prevent an incident or pattern of behavior. There are many individuals you can contact with questions and concerns, beginning with the St. Olaf College Director of Title IX and Equal Opportunity Kari Hohn (khohn@stolaf.edu) and Vice President for Equity and Inclusion María Pabón (pabong1@stolaf.edu).

Bias Reports

Total Reports* Intakes** Connected with the Reporting Party via email or conversation Restorative Justice Process Investigations
69 43 8 2 10

*Reports are from August 2020 to August 2021

**Intakes are not done when a report is anonymous or request to not be contacted

***Reporting Parties: 52 students, 10 staff members, 17 Anonymous, 3 Faculty (the reason this total number is higher than the total number of reports is because some individuals reported and/or were involved in the same incident)

****Responding Parties: 16 students, 6 staff members, 6 Unknown, 31 Faculty

INFORMATION SESSION

The college’s Bias Response Team hosted a Zoom webinar on February 19, 2021 to explain the bias reporting process. Bias Response Team members María Pabón, Kari Hohn, Roz Eaton, and Corliss Swain showed community members how and where to submit a bias report and outlined the policy and process the team follows in responding to reports.

Required Referral Obligations

The following resources will help guide you through your obligations as a non-confidential employee of the College when incidents of bias, discrimination, or sexual harassment come to your attention.

Required Referrals FAQ Handout

Required Referrals Training Video – Student Employees

Required Referrals Training Video – Faculty and Staff

Please review some examples of information faculty and staff can share with students they instruct or supervise to help students understand their role as supportive but non-confidential resources.

Sample Statements

BIAS RESPONSE CORE TEAM

The Bias Response Team is responsible for the initial evaluation of all reports of Prohibited Conduct the College receives. During this initial evaluation, the Bias Response Team will determine if the College should proceed with disciplinary procedures or, in a case where there is no policy violation, discuss other relevant procedures.

Students looking to report an instance of Prohibited Conduct can contact anyone on the Bias Response Team.

Prohibited Conduct

Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Misconduct

See College Policy