Hate Free Policy

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.

Furthermore, each member of the John Carroll University community is expected to take an active role in fostering an appreciation for diversity and inclusion and sending the message that bias-related acts will not be tolerated. “Bias” is defined as intentional or unintentional actions targeting a person because of a real or perceived aspect of that person’s identity, including (though not limited to) age, gender, religion, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, or (dis)ability.

John Carroll University defines discriminatory and/or bias 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 (dis)ability with intention to intimidate or injure an individual(s) physically, mentally, or emotionally. Discriminatory and/or bias offenses compromise the integrity of the John Carroll University community and constitute violations of the “Engaging in harassment based on age, race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability or veteran status” provision of the Student Code (section 2b). As in all cases of misconduct, including discriminatory and/or bias offenses, both the respondent and the student who believes they have been a recipient of the respondent’s misconduct have rights that are granted through the Student Conduct Process. These rights are contained in their entirety here http://sites.jcu.edu/deanofstudents/pages/community-standards/conduct-system.

Members of the John Carroll University community affected by discriminatory and/or bias 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, John Carroll Police Department, and/or through the Bias Incident Report here http://sites.jcu.edu/bias/pages/report-bias.

Students found responsible for first and second time violations of this policy through the conduct process will be assigned disciplinary actions that include a combination of the following: a disciplinary status such as University Probation, Deferred Suspension, Suspension, Expulsion; an educational program; parent/guardian notification; and coach notification if applicable. Go to http://sites.jcu.edu/deanofstudents/pages/student-conduct/minimum-disciplinary-actions/ for a specific list of actions associated with this policy.