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Office for Institutional Diversity

Frequently Asked Questions

   
How is the University working to prevent hate crimes and bias-relate incidents?

Boston College supports a number of programs that seek to educate the BC community about the importance of diversity and inclusiveness and to help foster a positive campus climate for students, faculty, staff. These programs are supported by various departments and student organizations on campus. Find more information about these initiatives on our Education and Prevention page.

   
Who can I contact for support if I want to talk about a hate crime or bias-related incidents?

There are many resources on campus who are trained and equipped to talk about different issues pertaining to hate crimes and bias-related incidents. Visit our Support Resources page for information about these resources.

If you feel like you have witnessed or experiences an incident, we encourage you to contact the Boston College Police (BCPD) or other designated authorities. After doing so, you may submit an incident reporting form to report information about bias-related incidents.

   
What is the protocol for Student-Related Matters?

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What is the protocol for matters related to faculty and staff?

Part of police procedures for addressing faculty-/staff-related complaints include communication and referral to the Office of Human Resources. If you are a faculty or staff member, you may choose to initiate a complaint through the Boston College Police Department, the Department of Human Resources (553-3330), the Office for Institutional Diversity (552-2323), the Boston College Harassment Counselor Mary Ellen Fulton (552-4200) or the academic dean of the appropriate school. Complaints lodged in any of these offices will be referred for further investigation, as appropriate, to the Boston College Police. Read more: Faculty and Staff-Related Matters

   
How does the University communicate to the campus community about hate crimes and bias-related incidents?

Communication to the broader community about the crime or offensive conduct and the University response may be required. The targeted person will be consulted to determine the appropriate communication to the community. Read more about communication about hate crimes and bias-related incidents.

   
Where can I find more information about the policies?

Boston College rejects and condemns all forms of harassment, wrongful discrimination and disrespect.  It has developed procedures to respond to incidents of harassment whatever the basis or circumstance.  Moreover, it is the policy of Boston College, while reserving its lawful rights where appropriate to take actions designed to promote the Jesuit, Catholic principles that sustain its mission and heritage, to comply with all state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment and in its educational programs on the basis of a persons race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, age, marital or parental status, genetic information or family medical history, or military status, and to comply with state law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of a person's sexual orientation. Read more about our notice of non-discrimination at Boston College.

Use the resources for Related University Policies to learn about other policies that exist beyond the Office for Institutional Diversity.

   
How do I report a hate crime or bias-related incidents?

If you have been a target of a hate crime or bias-related incidents, please first seek safety and receive any medical attention, if necessary. Then, refer to the following page for information about reporting: target of an incident

If you have been a witness of a hate crime or bias-related incidents, refer to the following page for information about reporting: witness of an incident

   
What is the Boston College Police Department investigation procedure?

The Boston College Police Department will investigate any report concerning a hate crime and has established a zero-tolerance policy toward these offenses or any bias-related incident. Read more about BCPD investigation procedures.

   
What is the purpose of the Hate Crime and Bias-Related Incident Reporting Form?

Incidents reported on this form will be recorded in a database maintained by the Office for Institutional Diversity. OID will use the information in the database to publish an annual report on hate crimes and bias-related incidents.

This form is not necessary if you have reported the incident to another campus authority (BCPD, ODSD, Res Life, HR, Deans, etc.) because those reports will be included in the database.

   
Why should I complete the Hate Crime and Bias-Related Incident Reporting Form?

The form should be completed if you want it recorded in the Hate Crime and Bias-Related Incident Database. Our goal is to document incidents to educate our community and ultimately to better enable the University to prevent this kind of behavior and to address it properly when it occurs.

   
How do I submit the Hate Crime and Bias-Related Incident Reporting Form?

You can access the form online. The form will ask you to report details about the incident, which will then be submitted to the essential personnel. For further questions about the form, its use, or the Hate Crimes and Bias-Related Incident Protocol, please contact Patricia Lowe, Executive Director of the Office for Institutional Diversity, at patricia.lowe@bc.edu.