Hate Free Policy

John Carroll University is committed to inclusion and diversity as essential elements of our Jesuit and Catholic identity. 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 one’s viewpoint.  When these views conflict it is the obligation of members of the community to respect other perspectives.

As reflected in the University’s vision, mission, core values, and strategic initiatives, John Carroll welcomes students, faculty, staff, and visitors from diverse backgrounds and it works to ensure that they will find the University environment free of bias-related conduct. It is unacceptable and a violation of University policy to harass, abuse, or mistreat any person because of a person’s actual or perceived race, color, ethnicity, sex, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, age, immigration status, national origin, disability, or religious affiliation.

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) the personal characteristics listed in the above paragraph.

John Carroll University defines 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 disability with intention to intimidate or injure an individual(s) physically, mentally, or emotionally.

Members of the John Carroll University community affected by bias offenses are strongly encouraged to report these incidents. Such offenses (experienced either as a recipient or as a witness) can also be reported through the Bias Incident Report form (click here).  Additionally, students can report to a variety of offices on campus including, but not limited to: Dean of Students Office, Office of Residence Life, Title IX Office, Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, and the John Carroll Police Department.

Bias offenses compromise the integrity of the John Carroll University community and constitute violations of the “Engaging in harassment based on race, color, ethnicity, sex, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, age, immigration status, national origin, disability, or religious affiliation” provision of the Student Code (section 2b). As in all cases of misconduct, including 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 please click here.

Students who are referred to the conduct system and are 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 or Dismissal; an educational program; parent/guardian notification; and coach notification if applicable. Click here for a specific list of actions associated with this policy.