Diversity at Reed

How to Report Bias Incidents and/or Discriminatory Harassment

Please contact any of the people listed below for guidance in reporting or responding to bias related incidents and/or discriminatory harassment.

Community Safety
Gary Granger
503-771-1112 x.0
grangerg@reed.edu

Office for Institutional Diversity
Mary James
503-517-7888
institutional.diversity@reed.edu

Office for Inclusive Community
Dayspring Mattole
503-777-7518
mattoled@reed.edu

Dean of Students Office
Bruce Smith
503-777-7521
student-services@reed.edu

Dean of the Faculty's Office
Nigel Nicholson
503-517-5546
nnichols@reed.edu

Office of Human Resources
Michelle Valintis
503-777-7705
mvalintis@reed.edu

If you are in immediate danger and on campus, call Community safety at 503-788-6666 or 911 (#911 from campus phones). If you are off-campus, call 911. If you are on or off-campus and in a safe place but require an immediate response, call Community Safety at 503-788-6666.

Reporting experienced, observed, or disclosed discriminatory harassment is strongly encouraged. Reporting an incident is not the same as filing a formal complaint (though, for some purposes, a formal complaint may function both as a report and a formal complaint). Reporting to the college does not constitute a report to law enforcement, although the college will assist the complainant in reporting to law enforcement if requested, and at times may contact law enforcement without the consent of the complainant if it is necessary to protect the safety of the community.

All internal reports will receive prompt attention. The Dean for Institutional Diversity (or designee thereof) will evaluate the report and seek to determine whether an informal or formal resolution is appropriate. In the case of an informal resolution, the Dean for Institutional Diversity (or designee thereof) will work with the complainant(s) in providing the complainant(s) with their options for seeking a resolution. This process is intended to seek a resolution for reports of bias incidents and discriminatory harassment. It is not a process of fact finding in order to determine whether the DHSM policy has been violated.

If no informal resolution can be reached or a formal investigation is necessary to determine whether the DHSM policy has been violated, then the incident will be referred to the appropriate parties for a formal resolution. At any point in this process, the complainant(s) may decide to seek a formal resolution.

The Dean for Institutional Diversity (or designee thereof) will review reports in the aggregate in order to discover and address patterns of behavior that create or threaten to create a hostile environment.

Protection from Retaliation
Any attempt to retaliate or any actual retaliation in response to a report or complaint is strictly prohibited (refer to section X. of DHSM policy) and may result in discipline up to and including discharge for employees and suspension or expulsion for students, in accordance with the college's established judicial procedures.



General Reporting for Students

Students may report discriminatory harassment and/or explore options for addressing the problem by contacting any of the offices listed on the right.

Students who have experienced or witnessed bias related incidents or discriminatory harassment involving staff and/or faculty are encouraged to contact any of the offices listed on the right.

Students who have experienced or witnessed bias related incidents or discriminatory harassment involving students are encouraged to report the incident to any of the parties listed on the right, and to review their options for informal resolution, mediation via the Honor Council, and/or formal adjudication via the Judicial Board. Any of the parties listed to the right can help you to decide which remedies may be most appropriate in a given situation.

Informal Mediation

When appropriate, community members are encouraged to speak directly with the parties involved to work together toward a mutually agreeable resolution of the incident.

Honor Council

The Mediation Subcommittee of the Honor Council facilitates informal and formal mediation. Formal mediation is a confidential, voluntary process moderated by a mutually agreed-upon mediator (the mediation request form can be found here; the Honor Council code can be found here).

Honor Council members also serve as an outlet for questions and concerns regarding Honor Principle issues and information about navigating the Honor Process, including the Bias Incident Report Process. Consultations with Honor Council are kept confidential.

Honor Council
Office location and hours: GCC 033A Monday-Thursday 6-7pm
hc-students@lists.reed.edu

Judicial Board

The Reed College Student Judicial Board (J-Board) serves a vital role in a community governed by an Honor Principle. If community members are unable to work out an alleged Honor Principle violation amongst themselves, formal mediation fails to result in an agreeable solution, or the offense is sufficiently egregious, community members may submit a complaint to the J-Board for more formal adjudication (the guide for submitting complaints can be found here; the J-Board code can be found here).

Judicial Board Co-Chair
Michaela Adams
adamsm-jboard@reed.edu

Judicial Board Co-Chair
Jack Finerty
finerja-jboard@reed.edu


General Reporting for Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff may report bias related incidents or discriminatory harassment and/or explore options for addressing the problem by contacting any of the offices listed on the right. The Office of the Dean of the Faculty works primarily with faculty and the Office of Human Resources works primarily with staff.

If a student reports a biased related or discriminatory harassment incident to you or if you believe that they may be about to disclose an incident of bias or harassment, please follow the procedures outlined in the Resource Guide for Faculty and Staff Responding to a Report by a Student.