CSB and SJU believe that an excellent liberal arts education requires cultural competence and an ability to live and work in ways where all feel valued and respected. To that end, we are dedicated to cultivating an equitable, inclusive, and just community grounded in the Benedictine value that all persons inherently deserve respect and dignity.
As Benedictine institutions, the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University are committed to creating and maintaining an environment in which all members and guests of the CSB and SJU community are treated with respect and dignity, free from bias and harassment. Faculty, staff, and students are together responsible for maintaining an educational and working environment that is consistent with our institutional values. If you have experienced or witnessed a bias or hate incident, we want to address the incident and provide you with resources.
While not always easy to recognize, bias can be present in the classroom, workplace, and media, and often stems from fear, misunderstanding, stereotypes, and hatred. Even when offenders are not aware (unconscious bias) or do not intend to offend, bias may be revealed that is worthy of a response and can serve as an opportunity for education. Regardless of whether the behavior violates policy, they are antithetical to our values of honoring the full dignity of each person and promoting justice and the common good.
Bias Incident Toolkit Report incident
This Toolkit is intended to:
- Inform the campus community about the procedures in place to address bias incidents and how to report these incidents.
- Provide information on the methods of communication regarding bias incidents and the actions that CSB/SJU will follow.
- Identify campus resources that provide care and support for community members who have been affected.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is a bias incident?
What is a protected characteristic?
Why should I report a bias incident?
What if I am not sure it is a bias incident?
Who can make a report?
Can I report anonymously?
Can I report in person, or do I have to use this form?
Can I use this form to report a hate crime?
Who receives reports of bias incidents?
How does CSB and SJU respond to reports?
What can I expect after I submit a report?
Bias Incident Response and Prevention Team
The purpose of the Bias Response and Prevention Team is to support the Institutions’ efforts to maintain an inclusive campus climate by establishing a mechanism by which it responds to bias incidents. The Bias Response and Prevention Team is not a mechanism for investigative or disciplinary action. However, it enables the Institutions to track bias incidents, collect aggregate data, identify educational responses, and connect individuals affected by bias incidents with supportive resources.
The Bias Incident Response and Prevention Team is made up of members of our community who are committed to supporting affected individuals, helping prevent future occurrences from happening, and creating a more inclusive, welcoming campus for all. The team does not replace any of the current procedures and protocols in place to resolve alleged violations of policies regarding student conduct, discrimination, sexual misconduct, or violations of criminal law. Likewise, the team does not seek to limit academic freedom, but rather, to foster a campus community where students, faculty and staff of all identities feel welcomed and supported. Rather, the team seeks to ensure that there is a more streamlined and effective process for handling hate-bias incidents, including providing support to impacted parties.
The goals of the Bias Response and Prevention Team are to:
- Implement and continuously improve a streamlined system for the campus community to report hate-bias incidents.
- Monitor patterns of hate-bias incidents on campus in order to provide recommendations to university leadership for trainings, programs, policies and practices.
- Continuously engage the campus community members in education, dialogue, and awareness around hate and bias.
The following administrators are on the Bias Incident Response Team:
- Sandra Mitchell, Senior Diversity Officer
- Mary Geller, Associate Provost for Student Success
- Chantel Braegelmann, Senior Human Resources Partner
- Pam Bacon, Dean of Faculty
- Amanda Erdman, SJU Assistant Dean of Students
- Marcia Mahlum, CSB Assistant Dean of Students
- Cheryl Stanton, General Counsel