John Carroll University is committed to fostering ethical and moral values that are consistent with Jesuit and Catholic traditions. Among the central values of the University are the inherent dignities of every individual as well as the right of each person to hold and to express his or her viewpoint. When these views conflict it is the obligation of members of the community to respect other perspectives.

The University welcomes students, faculty, staff, and visitors from diverse backgrounds and it works to ensure that they will find the University environment free of discriminatory conduct. It is unacceptable and a violation of University policy to harass, abuse, or discriminate against any person because of age, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability.

John Carroll University defines hate-motivated offenses as any conduct (harassment or physical acts) directed at an individual(s) on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or disability with intention to intimidate or injure an individual(s) physically, mentally, or emotionally. Hate motivated offenses compromise the integrity of the John Carroll University community and constitute violations of the “Engaging in harassment based on age, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability” provision of the John Carroll University Student Code of Conduct (section 2b). As in all cases of misconduct, including hate motivated offenses, both the accused student and the student who believes s/he has been a recipient of the accused student’s misconduct have rights that are granted through the Student Conduct Process. These rights are contained in their entirety in the John Carroll University Community Standards Manual.

Members of the John Carroll University community affected by hate-motivated offenses are strongly encouraged to report these incidents. Such offenses can be reported to a variety of offices on campus including: Dean of Students’ Office, Office of Residence Life, and Campus Safety Services and/or through the Bias Incident Report at  http://sites.jcu.edu/bias/

Students found responsible for hate-motivated violations are subject to a range of disciplinary actions up to and including expulsion from John Carroll University.

This policy is separate and distinct from the John Carroll University Sexual Harassment policy that can be found in the Community Standards Manual.