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Office for Institutional Diversity


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The following statement made by William Leahy, S.J., president of Boston College, in The Heights on November 13, 2006, embodies the University's goal of maintaining an environment free of discrimination and all forms of harassment and intimidation:

"As a university and an institution committed to Jesuit, Catholic beliefs and values, Boston College expects members of its community to treat one another with respect, dignity, and compassion. Acts of prejudice, hatred, and discrimination especially conflict with BC's institutional standards and ethos, and such behavior cannot and will not be tolerated here. Violations of campus conduct policies will be investigated, and parties found responsible will receive appropriate sanctions. It is important that offensive conduct be reported and that due process be followed so that we can maintain the rights and integrity of our campus community.I ask that all of us rededicate ourselves to helping BC live up to its heritage and ideals."

At Boston College we must vigorously pursue an academic, work, and social environment that is fair and founded upon mutual respect and trust.  It is our hope that all individuals within the broad University community share this aspiration and its attendant responsibilities.

This protocol was developed to provide members of the Boston College community with information on the process for reporting a hate crime or bias-related incidents and on the resources available to those who have been the targets of hate. 

An open and interactive community is an essential characteristic of a Jesuit and Catholic university. Respect is fundamental to the free exchange of ideas at the core of an environment that cultivates learning and discovery.  This protocol is a dynamic document designed to change as necessary to improve our ability to respond to the needs of our community.