||Restorative Justice Process
*Reports are from May 2022-September 2022
**Intakes are not done when a report is anonymous or the reporting party requests to not be contacted
***Reporting Parties: 8 students, 2 staff members, 1 Anonymous, 2 Faculty
****Responding Parties: 7 students, 0 staff members, 1 Unknown, 5 Faculty
*****Targeted parties:8 students, 0 staff members, 1 Unknown, 4 Faculty
St. Olaf College is committed to fostering a welcoming community for all students, faculty, and staff. An informed awareness of the climate on campus is an important part of the college’s efforts to create a supportive academic and residential environment for our community. The college does not tolerate any bias incidents toward its community members. The college expects its students, faculty, and staff to refrain from acts of intolerance directed at other members, including (but not limited to) harassment, hate speech, and discrimination. Reporting Bias
What is a bias incident?
A bias incident is any behavior or actions directed against a person or property that includes the use of slurs expressing prejudice on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression, but is not a criminal offense.
Examples of Bias Incidents Include:
- Using offensive language or slang based on a person’s identity
- Offensive social media post
- Tampering property
- Violent acts
What are microaggressions?
Microaggressions are brief, common exchanges that are often automatic and unintentional. They include verbal, behavioral, and environmental indignities that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative insults to a targeted group or individuals based on race, color, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression.
Examples of Microaggressions include:
- Comments that single out a person based on their identity
- Deliberately not using a transgender person’s preferred pronouns
- Excluding a person due to religious practices
The Bias Response Team contains members of our community and some of the members serve in an advisory role with a goal of confirming that each case is addressed.
Members of the Team Include:
- Derek Kruse, Director of Public Safety (Advisory Group)
- Pamela McDowell, Title IX Coordinator (Advisory Group)
- Martin Olague, Director of Taylor Center for Equity and Inclusion (Advisory Group)
- David Castro, Faculty Representative (Advisory Group)
- Grace Cho, Faculty Representative (Advisory Group)
- Christopher Medley (Medley), Associate Dean of Students (Advisory Group)
- Rosalyn Eaton, Dean of Students
- Leslie Moore, VP for Human Resources
- Reginald Miles, Reginald Miles, Interim VP for Equity and Inclusion/Chair of Bias Response Team
What happens when a bias incident report is submitted?
- The Interim Vice President of Equity and Inclusion contacts the reporting party to acknowledge that the bias incident report has been received.
- The report is sent to the appropriate individuals (below) to manage the case. Appropriate parties are contacted about the case and the cases are investigated. The College’s General Counsel is involved at times due to the severity of the case.
- Individuals managing cases will report back to the advisory group with the result of their cases at the end of each month.
- Each report will indicate whether the incident is bias and be part of the College’s tracking and reporting.
- Student submits a report regarding another student – Dean of Students will manage the case
- Student submits a report regarding a faculty member- VP for Equity and Inclusion will manage the case
- Student submits a report regarding a staff member-VP for Human Resources will manage the case
- Faculty member submits a report regarding another faculty member- VP for Equity and Inclusion will work with the Provost’s Office
- Faculty member submits a report regarding a staff member- VP for Human Resources will manage the case
- Faculty member submits a report regarding a student- VP for Equity and Inclusion will manage the case
- Staff member submits a report regarding another staff member- VP for Human Resources will manage the case
- Staff member submits a report regarding a faculty member- VP for Human Resources will manage the case
- Staff member submits a report regarding a student- VP for Human Resources will manage the case