Summaries: July 1, 2019–June 30, 2020
Between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020, 49 bias reports were received, with 14 reports determined as “not bias” or lacking sufficient information to determine whether biased behavior occurred. While bias was undetermined, these incidents have a significant impact on our community. When possible, alleged offenders were addressed by a senior-level administrator reinforcing our community standards, expectations, and values.
When you look at the cases, 35 involved bias-related behavior, 21 involved race/ethnicity, 7 involved gender, 6 involved disability, 4 involved other identities not listed on the bias report form, 3 involved physical appearance, 1 involved religion, 1 involved sexual identity, and 1 involved socioeconomic status. Some incidents included multiple types of bias.
Brief summaries of bias reports submitted are below. The targeted persons/harmed parties in these incidents gave permission for this information to be shared. Details on other incidents where permission was not given are not included. Due to the Family Educational Privacy Act, the University is unable to disclose conduct outcomes that result from the administrative hearing process.
- A group of students were mocking the request for persons to specify their pronouns. The alleged offenders could not be identified.
- An anonymous report was submitted by faculty expressing concerns about the tenure and promotion process of an academic department. The report was forwarded to human resources.
- A group of students were told by other students that they did not belong on campus and needed to go home. An investigation was conducted. The alleged offenders could not be identified.
- A student with a disability was questioned by a staff member about being in a residential area in which they did not reside. The incident was addressed with the director of the department, the area supervisor, and the staff member by the University’s 504 compliance officer.
- A student overheard someone screaming a racist word. The student who reported the incident requested that the alleged offender be provided education about the word. The behavior was addressed by a senior-level administrator in student development.
- A student assisted an intoxicated student to their room. When the door to the room was opened, the student noticed several Confederate flags. The student was not able to recall the room number, and the alleged offender could not be identified.
- A student was intoxicated and dropped a wallet. Another student offered to hold the wallet. The student allowed the student to hold the wallet but made the comment, “Just don’t steal anything.” The student suggested that an administrator meet with the student to discuss the racist comment. The incident was addressed by a senior-level administrator in student development with the student who made the comment.
- A faculty member told a student that their “language barrier” was a “thing to work on.” The concerns could not be addressed because the report was submitted anonymously and with limited information.
- A staff member made inappropriate comments to a student and refused to serve them. The behavior was addressed by a senior-level administrator in financial services and the vendor’s district manager. The vendor employee is no longer at Loyola and is not permitted on campus.
- A student expressed concern about an instructor’s ability to effectively teach a course with race-related content. The concerns were addressed by a senior-level administrator in academic affairs.
- A student reported being mistreated by roommates because of a disability. The student requested that the inappropriate comments be addressed. The behavior was addressed by a senior-level administrator in student development, the roommates moved, and a no contact order was issued.
- A student expressed concern about an instructor’s ability to effectively teach a course with race-related content. Inappropriate vocabulary was used in the classroom. The concerns were addressed by a senior-level administrator in academic affairs.
- A student reported a private social media account with racist, ableist, and homophobic language and graphics. The reporting student also raised concerns about the post targeting and “baiting” members of the LGBTQ+ community. Public Safety began an investigation and reached out to Instagram. At least one student was alleged to be associated with the account. It was also reported the student asked about attending a Spectrum event at the Pride Resource Room. A senior-level administrator in student development met with the student, who denied owning the account or posting any information. The account was removed. The student also stated they wanted to attend the Spectrum event and denied any intent to harm the community.
- A student leader identified a notecard with derogatory comments, framed as an inappropriate joke that was racially and sexually charged. An investigation was conducted but the writer(s) could not be identified. Discussions with potential students involved were had in consultation with the reporting parties.
- A student’s braid was cut. An investigation was conducted. The alleged offender(s) could not be identified.
- An anonymous report was submitted regarding a class discussion about sex and gender. The faculty member did not acknowledge the differences between sex and gender and the individual reported feeling invalidated. The incident was investigated and addressed by human resources.
- Students made disparaging remarks about a roommate’s physical appearance. Per the student’s request, the incident was addressed after they moved out of the room. The incident was forwarded to the office of student conduct for resolution.
- A student was accused of using their roommate’s items without permission. The student submitted the bias report for the incident to be on record, since other microaggressions of this nature had occurred. The office of student life was contacted prior to the meeting to discuss concerns of bias. The office of student life continued with its process in addressing the roommate-related concerns.
- An employee reported that a guest at the Fitness & Aquatic Center made racist comments. The incident was investigated and addressed by the director of recreational and wellness.
- Students inside a vehicle repeatedly yelled a racist word. The incident was investigated and forwarded to the student conduct system for an administrative hearing.
- A student reported being mistreated by roommates because of a disability. An investigation was conducted. In consultation with disability support services and the office of student life, the concerns were addressed.
- A student reported that a roommate made inappropriate remarks regarding their disability. The concerns were addressed by the office of student life.
- An anonymous report was submitted indicating that a student made an offensive racial comment. An investigation could not be conducted due to insufficient information. The alleged offender could not be identified.
- An anonymous report was submitted stating that an employee posted inappropriate comments regarding national origin. The report was forwarded and addressed by human resources.
- A staff member identified a Post-it note with derogatory comments toward immigrants. An investigation was conducted, but the writer(s) could not be identified. Discussions with potential students involved were had by a senior-level administrator in student development.
- An anonymous report was submitted that a student leader posted an inappropriate race-related comment on social media. The behavior was addressed by the student’s supervisor and a senior-level administrator in student development.
- A student reported a note left on the pillars of the Student Center mocking gender and racial identities. The note was removed. The alleged offender could not be identified.