Submit a Bias Incident Report
If you have experienced or witnessed an incident of bias. You will be given the option to remain anonymous.

The Nature of our Community

Lafayette College believes that diversity is fundamental to the education of its students for many reasons, not least of which that it helps to prepare them to pursue lives of significance as leaders in an increasingly interconnected, globalized world. Diversity at the College is about creating and maintaining meaningful intercultural awareness that promotes a welcoming, inclusive, respectful, and equitable community that gives voice to a wide range of perspectives, experiences, and worldviews. We feel that these attributes can best be learned in an environment that models and encourages their practice—both inside and outside the classroom.

We hold each other to high standards and strive to create a caring and supportive community. We know from experience, however, that situations will occur that strain these communal bonds. We have, therefore, devised a way to address such circumstances as they arise.

Purpose

The Bias Response Team (BRT) was established by a coalition of students, faculty, and administrators to provide a mechanism to respond to acts of intolerance and to resolve conflicts in a spirit of civil discourse and mutual accountability. Bias or hate incidents of any kind are contrary to the aforementioned principles and threaten the safety, well-being, and educational experience of all members of our community. Such incidents will not be tolerated and will be addressed whenever and wherever they occur. The Lafayette College Bias Response Team (BRT)  will make recommendations to the Vice President for Campus Life for comprehensive educational and supportive responses to incidents of bias on campus. In addition, the BRT will be a campus-wide public presence to encourage individuals who have been targets of or witnesses to bias-related incidents to report these incidents.

The Bias Response Team

  • Describes a safe way for those affected by bias to seek assistance or report incidents
  • Provides a comprehensive, coordinated, proportionate, and timely response to incidents of bias
  • Creates opportunities for dialogue
  • Signals to the community that the College takes these matters seriously

Bias Response Team members include:

  • Alexandra Hendrickson – College Chaplain and Director of Religious & Spiritual Life (Chairperson)
  • Chris Hunt – Dean of Students
  • Jennifer Dize – Director of Student Conduct
  • Laura Syvertson – Staff Counselor, Lafayette Counseling Center
  • Julie Mulé – Associate Director of Residence Life
  • Jim Meyer – Associate Director and Chief of Police, Public Safety
  • Erica D’Agostino – Dean of Advising and Co-curricular Programs
  • Roger Clow – Assistant Vice President of Communications
  • Mallory SoRelle – Assistant Professor of Government & Law
  • Michael Feola – Associate Professor of Government & Law

College Policies

Bias-motivated behaviors that violate provisions of the Lafayette College Code of Conduct or Pennsylvania state law will be addressed through the College’s disciplinary process and/or the criminal courts. Discriminatory or bias-motivated behaviors that violate neither the law nor the Code of Conduct will be addressed through a conflict-resolution process. Examples of bias-related incidents include assault, damage to property/vandalism, defacing signs or images, harassment, physical confrontation, threatening communications (written or electronic), written or verbal slurs, etc.