Committee on “Student Behavior”
In January 2017, a situation was brought to the attention of the Commission related to inappropriate behavior of a student aimed at a staff employee on campus. Remarks were made that were racist and hurtful to the staff member. The event prompted questions about the policies and procedures that guide our handling of such situations.
To address this, Dwight Burke, Director for Support and Safety Assessment, was asked to attend a meeting of the President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion and provide an overview of the process. He noted that existing procedures and guidelines currently in place when a student crosses the line, to include disciplinary actions, support systems development, and dissemination of information. However, there was no definitive guideline dictating when to involve departments chairs or deans.
A subcommittee came together on February 16, 2017 for further discussion with Dwight. Commission members included Meg Skeehan, Leslie Taylor, Anita Bundy and Mary Ontiveros.