If a student comes to you to report a bias act or a bias crime, express sympathy, and ask the student how he/she feels and what he/she wants to do:
1. If an “act,” refer the student to:
- The on-line report form in the left hand menu (http://deanofstudents.camden.rutgers.edu/reporting) to file a report and contact will be made within 24 hours of receipt;or
- To the Dean of Students Office
- To a Safe Zone Ally.
2. If a “crime,” do the following:
- Advise and encourage the student to contact RUPD (856-225-6009).
- Refer the student to the Office of Student Conduct to file a complaint.
- If the student wants to do neither, you must report the incident to RUPD, but you can maintain the student’s anonymity.
3. If you witness graffiti or vandalism which contains bias language or symbols, you may also contact RUPD to make a report. They will come, take a picture, and contact appropriate personnel to remove it.
STEPS TO PREVENTING BIAS INSIDE THE CLASSROOM
1. Use the syllabus to create ground rules with regard to difference and disagreement.
2. Frame controversial material (re race, sexuality, gender, class, religion or any of the other “protected classes”).
3. Ask students how they feel about provocative material, especially that which references issues of race, sexuality, gender, class, religion or any of the other “protected classes.”
4. Give students permission to question what you say and what their classmates say with issues of race, sexuality, gender, class, religion or any of the other “protected classes.”
EXAMINE YOUR ASSUMPTIONS.
CONSIDER YOUR INTENTION.
ASK FOR CLARIFICATION/EXPLANATION.
ASK HOW OTHERS IN THE CLASS FEEL.
ASK FOR CONTINUANCE OR CLOSURE.
CONSULT WITH A SUPERVISOR OR A COLLEAGUE.
PLEASE REFER STUDENTS WHOM YOU FEEL HAVE MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS TO RUTGERS-CAMDEN HEALTH SERVICES.