code of community responsibility

Civil Rights Harassment

Colby-Sawyer College is committed to maintaining a humane atmosphere in which the gender, race or ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, mental or physical disability, family or marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic information or gender identity of an individual or group are respected and not disparaged.

Acts of Intolerance

Colby-Sawyer is committed to maintaining an environment which fosters respect among the various representative cultures on campus, and acts of intolerance create an offensive, demeaning, intimidating, and hostile environment. Therefore, any behavior — verbal or physical -- that targets, stigmatizes or victimizes individuals due to that individual's actual or perceived gender, race or ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, mental or physical disability, family or marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic information or gender identity and, in doing so, interferes with that student's ability to exercise his or her right to participate fully in the life of the college is considered a violation. A hate crime is an actual criminal offense motivated in whole or in part by the offender's bias towards the victim's actual or perceived gender, race or ethnicity, national origin, religion, mental or physical disability.

Every instance of alleged discriminatory harassment must be considered in the context of its specific and unique circumstances. However, the following are examples of behaviors that may be determined to be harassing:

• Objectionable epithets that are repeatedly directed to an individual or group

• Displaying or showing items such as posters, drawings or cartoons that are demeaning of an individual's gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, etc. ;

• Repeatedly telling gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, etc. based jokes;

• Taunting someone based on gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, etc.;

• Threatened abuse or actual harm, whether it be physical or verbal based on a an individual's gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, etc.;

Instances of the aforementioned behavior should be reported and will be investigated and may be addressed by the conduct system or via an employment action. Community members are encouraged to report this type of incident whether as the victim or as an observer. The college urges reflection on the impact of such incidents on an individual, on the group that individual may represent, and on the community as a whole.

Common Area Decoration Content

Resident students are free to express themselves by decorating the outside of their doors as well as inside their rooms. Decorations that are part of common and public areas must follow the guidelines prescribed for preventing a hostile environment. Decorations that stigmatize or victimize individuals, threaten and intimidate or create a hostile environment for individuals are a violation of our Code of Community Responsibility.

[Colby-Sawyer College would like to thank the universities of New Hampshire and Virginia Tech and acknowledge their assistance with the wording of parts of our policy.]


Policy revised July 2013 by the vice president for student development and dean of students and the associate dean of students and director of citizenship education.

Rationale
  • Our living and learning community is based on equality and respect and though at Colby-Sawyer College we respect free expression, we do not condone that expression when it is demeaning or harassing behavior.

  • Community members must be able to expect a reasonable level of personal safety in order to attain academic and personal excellence.

  • Violence of any kind has no place in our community as it harms the targeted student(s) and, by ripple effect, instills a level of fear and suspicion that is detrimental to the community as a whole.

Values
  • Excellence
  • Interconnectedness
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Stewardship