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Policy on Bias-motivated Misconduct and Criminal Offenses

Bucknell University is committed to maintaining an academic environment in which members of its community can pursue their academic and professional activities in an environment where each member of the University community is valued as an individual and is treated respectfully. Bias incidents and hate crimes are antithetical to the standards and values of the University, violate University policy and, in some instances, state and federal law, and will not be tolerated.

Bucknell recognizes that excellent educational experiences include and must allow for divergent viewpoints and perspectives, some of which may challenge individual beliefs, values, or cultural norms. As a campus community, we value and protect academic freedom and the open exchange of ideas. This bias policy is not intended to undermine or weaken these precepts; rather it is meant to address those incidents that fall beyond professional and academic discourse. All members of the university community are responsible for the maintenance of an environment in which people are free to learn and work without fear of discrimination or abuse.

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Who Can I Contact With Questions?


Bias Toward/From Students

For questions related to bias incidents relating to students please contact:

Amy Badal
Dean of Students
570.577.1601
211 Elaine Langone Center
abadal@bucknell.edu

Denelle Brown
Associate Dean of Students for Diversity & Inclusion
570.577.3216
64A Elaine Langone Center
denelle.brown@bucknell.edu

Bias Toward/From Faculty, Staff or Guests of the University

For questions or concerns related to bias incidents relating to faculty, staff or guests of the University, please contact:

Human Resources
570.577.1631
1st Floor, Cooley Hall
hr@bucknell.edu

Georgina Dodge
Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
570.577.1573
223 Marts Hall
gd012@bucknell.edu

Sex Discrimination, Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence & Stalking

If the incident involves a possible violation of Bucknell University's Sex Discrimination, Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence & Stalking Policy, report the incident directly to the University's Title IX Coordinator or Human Resources:

Kathleen Grimes
Title IX Coordinator
570.577.1554
306 H Elaine Langone Center
titleix@bucknell.edu

Human Resources
570.577.1631
1st Floor, Cooley Hall
hr@bucknell.edu

Hate Crime

If the Bias Incident involves a Hate Crime or presents safety concerns, please contact:

Department of Public Safety
570.577.1111 (emergency) or
570.577.3333 (non-emergency)
580 Snake Road

Key Definitions


Hate Crime:

Criminal homicide, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, or destruction/damage/vandalism of property, where such crime manifests evidence that the target was intentionally selected because of the perpetrator's bias related to the target's actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity and/or disability.

Bias Incident:

Completed, attempted or threatened abusive or hostile acts against persons, property or an institution, where such acts manifest evidence that the target was intentionally selected on the basis of the target's actual or perceived age, class, color, disability, ethnic/regional/national origin group, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, including any Hate Crime.

Bias Harassment:

A Bias Incident that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a person's employment or education, or creating a hostile employment or educational environment, and has no legitimate relationship to the subject matter of a course or academic research. In evaluating whether such an environment has been created, the University will consider the alleged conduct from both a subjective and objective perspective. Specifically, it will evaluate the alleged conduct from the perspective of a reasonable person in the Alleged Target's position, considering all the circumstances.

General Questions


What happens after I submit the report?

Once a report has been received, the Dean of Students or Associate Dean of Students (for reports involving students), and/or a representative from Human Resources or (for reports involving staff or faculty) will contact you.

If the report contains information indicating a possible violation of Bucknell University's Sex Discrimination, Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence & Stalking Policy, it will be forwarded to Bucknell University's Title IX Coordinator for investigation and review. (Please see the Sex Discrimination, Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence & Stalking Policy for information on the procedures related to these cases.)

What is the investigatory process?

The investigation may include review of the report and any supporting documentation, examination of other relevant documentation, and interviews with relevant individuals. The extent of the investigation will be determined by and at the discretion of the appropriate office listed on this page. 

Possible outcomes of an investigation include (1) a finding that a Bias Incident occurred but that the individual responsible cannot be identified, with appropriate remedial measures; (2) a finding that a Bias Incident occurred and that responsible party can be identified, with the issuance of an appropriate sanction; and (3) a finding that a Bias Incident did not occur.

How will bias incidents and hate crimes be reported to the campus community?

Timely Warnings: When the Department of Public Safety identifies or receives a report of a Hate Crime, occurring either on or off campus, that in the judgment of the Chief of Public Safety (in consultation with Human Resources, the Dean of Students and Office of General Counsel) constitutes a serious or continuing threat to the campus community, the Department of Public Safety issues a campus-wide "timely warning."

Hate Crimes Reporting: In accordance with the Clery Act, the University will disclose statistics for Hate Crimes in its Annual Security & Fire Safety Report. These statistics will also be included in Bucknell's Bias Incident Reporting.

Bias Incidents Reporting: Each year the University will post, via the University website, a summary report of Bias Incidents.. To respect the privacy of all those involved, the report will disclose only the following: type of bias; type of incident; general description of location; status of the case; whether the incident will be listed as a Hate Crime in the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report.

Options for Responding


What are my options for responding to the Bias Incident within the University System?

There is no statute of limitations. An investigation can be opened at any time based on new evidence which becomes available. The University does not limit the time frame for reporting, although a delay in reporting may impact the University's ability to take certain actions.

Known Student

If the alleged perpetrator is a known student, and the investigation identifies sufficient information of a bias incident, the target may have the following options:

  • Restorative Mediation Process: If both the target (students, staff or faculty ) and the alleged perpetrator (student) agree to the Restorative Mediation process, they will participate in facilitated conversation, possibly with representatives of affected communities (for example, members of a specific identity group, a residence hall community, or members of a student organization), to establish a plan for repairing damage to those affected and/or targeted by the bias incident. This process requires alleged perpetrators to acknowledge their part in the incident and accept restorative actions agreed upon by all parties. Note: The perceived severity and impact of the bias incident determine whether this option applies to particular cases. The Dean of Students or Human Resources will review the report to determine whether this option applies. For example, restorative mediation would not likely be available for bias incidents with significant property damage or any level of physical assault.
  • Student Code of Conduct Process: Depending on the nature of the bias and the underlying alleged prohibited conduct, the process may include an Administrative Hearing or Community Conduct Board Hearing.
  • No Discipline Action, Bias Reported: Targets may decide to report the incident and request that no further action be taken. Bucknell will evaluate any such request in the context of the University's responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment to all members of its community. In certain situations, the University may need to move forward with appropriate disciplinary proceedings regardless of the target's wishes.

Whether moving forward with a resolution process or not, the incident will be coded and reported in Bucknell's hate crime or bias incident statistics.

Known Faculty or Staff Member

If the alleged perpetrator is known faculty or staff member and the investigation identifies sufficient information of a bias incident disciplinary action will be taken consistent with appropriate faculty and staff policies and procedures.

Whether moving forward with an adjudication process or not, the incident will be coded and reported in Bucknell's hate crime or bias incident statistics.

  

Unknown Person

If the alleged perpetrator is unknown, the target may have the following options:

  • Request Further Investigation: The target can request an investigation, at which point the incident will be turned over to the appropriate University officials for further investigation. Investigators may include representatives from Human Resources, the Dean of Student's Office and/or the Associate Provost for Diversity.
  • No Action, Bias Reported: Bucknell is committed to keeping accurate records of all bias incidents, even when the perpetrator is unknown. As such, we encourage reporting of all incidents of bias, even if the perpetrator is unknown and unlikely to be known. Depending on the circumstances, the University may need to move forward with further investigation regardless of the target's wishes.
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