Provost response to bias motivated incident

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Originally posted by Allan Service, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, on InSite on Friday, April 3rd.

An art display in Dayton Memorial Library was defaced with the writing of derogatory terms directed at the artwork and the artist.

Earlier this week an art display in Dayton Memorial Library was defaced with the writing of derogatory terms directed at the artwork and the artist. Such behavior based on homophobia, transphobia or any other form of bias is not only a violation of Colorado Hate Crime statutes (18-9-121) but is also a Bias Motivated Incident prohibited by university standards of conduct in the Student Handbook (pg. 37). These acts of misconduct remind us of the important role of the university library and the freedoms it represents. Acts of disrespect and discrimination which inhibit this function, no matter how subtle are not acceptable and will not be tolerated.

Within the Jesuit tradition, respect for self and others is critical. A learning community that embraces a diversity of ideas benefits all of its members. The library often is at the center of providing diverse perspectives and artistic and intellectual ideas. Defacing property in the library diminishes the importance of this as a place of learning. Furthermore, these acts of disrespect create an unpleasant environment for those who use the library and utilize its services. Incidents of intolerance and disrespect within the library are thoroughly investigated and individuals who behave disrespectfully will be held responsible for their actions according to University policies and procedures.

Regis University and Dayton Memorial Library policies and practice are based on our Jesuit mission of maintaining a campus climate in which the civil rights and dignity of every individual are recognized and respected. We will continue to make Dayton Memorial Library a safe and welcoming place of discovery and learning for all persons of our community.

Anyone with information about this or any other incidents of bias motivated behavior is asked to contact the Office of Campus Safety (303-458-4122) or the Office of Diversity (303-964-5304). Your report will remain anonymous.


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