You’ve Got (Bias-Related) Mail

Dear Claremont Consortium Community,

Last week an anonymous individual carried out a very trivial act that some may deem bias-related but that a large portion of the student body may find innocuous or even comical. This action may or may not be: (i) an offensive joke expressed verbally, written on someone’s whiteboard or scribbled across a wall; (ii) a piece of paper being torn down; (iii) an act that was taken out of context and blown out of proportion by a certain self-righteous group and its egocentrism, or (iv) another constitutionally-protected expression of free speech.

Such act(s) is (are) in direct violation of the Claremont Consortium’s principles of community and is (are) a form of bias that can “potentially” create an intimidating, hostile or demeaning educational environment and will not be tolerated. It does not matter whether said act(s) actually do(es) create an unproductive learning environment, only that a minimum of one (1) person thinks it might have the potential to do so.

In contrast, the Colleges do not feel that infringing on freedom of speech creates a negative learning environment. That being said, and given that the Claremont Colleges are institutions for higher education and that our community is open to dialogue, no one should be reluctant to voice their opinion for fear of being labeled as biased and/or having a totally unnecessary e-mail about their publicly expressed opinion sent out to the student body. So go ahead and speak your mind. Just be sure not to offend anyone with non-liberal ideas because we’re getting tired of all this complaining.

Any time a community member becomes aware of a racist, sexist, heterosexist, homophobic, phallocentric, egocentric, or ethnocentric incident on our campus, or becomes aware of a potential bias incident (no matter its inconsequentiality) or hate crime, or any other type of crime, they are urged to take appropriate action to combat the incident. These actions might include calling Campus Safety (ext. 72000), photographing the incident, or identifying the suspects to the Dean of Students office so that we can demean the perpetrators for their beliefs and tell them they are wrong.

PS: We do not believe using this notification system to announce insignificant bias acts takes away from the seriousness of crimes that do legitimately threaten our community…okay so maybe it does a little.

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