Campus Community Response Team
Texas Christian University’s mission is to educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community. Texas Christian University (“TCU”) is committed to providing a positive learning and working environment free from discrimination and harassment. As such, TCU prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex (including sexual harassment and sexual violence), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status and any other basis protected by law.
The Campus Community Response Team (CCRT) was established to help ensure that every TCU community member is treated with dignity and respect. While the CCRT recognizes the freedom of expression for all individuals, CCRT also acknowledges that some speech may be perceived as offensive or disrespectful by others. As such, the CCRT will conduct periodic reviews of information related to bias incident reports in order to examine data trends and/or climate issues. This information will be used to support the CCRT in its primary mission to identify and provide campus educational opportunities that promote inclusion. CCRT members are also available to advise the Chief Inclusion Officer on reported allegations of bias-related incidents. The CCRT does not investigate or adjudicate reported incidents of conduct or participate in any disciplinary process. CCRT encourages any member of our campus community who has witnessed or been the target of, a bias-related incident to report that incident.Report a Bias Incident
A bias incident is an act or behavior motivated by the offender’s bias against another’s identity which may include but is not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, immigration status, age, disability, genetic information or covered veteran status. Bias occurs whether the act is intentional or unintentional, may be directed toward an individual or group and may be initiated by an individual or group. Bias may contribute to creating an unsafe or unwelcoming environment.
Campus Community Response Team Mission
The Campus Community Response Team (CCRT) is a diverse group of faculty, staff and students identified to help review information concerning bias-related incidents reported by individuals in the TCU community.
The CCRT is committed to fostering a campus community that values diversity, freedom of expression, and promotes inclusive excellence by raising awareness regarding relevant issues concerning bias-related incidents on campus.
The CCRT will:
- Review information related to bias incident reports and other data to help address the impact of bias incidents on campus.
- Explore and provide resources and support deemed appropriate and necessary to help address the impact of bias incidents on campus.
- Develop educational awareness programming to help value diversity and promote inclusive excellence.
Reports can be submitted online and will be received by the Chief Inclusion Officer.
The reporting person will be contacted and if desired, offered a meeting to discuss the incident in detail and explore a plan for resolution.
The Chief Inclusion Officer will review and determine where incidents may be referred to:
- Chief Inclusion Office & Title IX Coordinator
- Office of Campus Life
- Human Resources
The University advises anyone that has experienced or witnessed a bias incident to report it.
Reports of unlawful discrimination or harassment alleging that a TCU staff or faculty member has violated university policy against another TCU employee may be referred to Human Resource for consideration and resolution appropriate to employment procedures.
Reports of unlawful discrimination or harassment alleging that a TCU student may be referred to the Chief Inclusion Officer.
Reports of a hate crime—a crime motivated by racial, sexual or other prejudice and typically involving violence will be referred to TCU Police, Office of Campus Life or the Chief Inclusion Officer.
Referral to the CCRT Team is appropriate even when the person(s) believed to have committed the act or acts in question cannot be identified. Anonymous reporting is also available for individuals who do not wish to provide their identities. Additional information may be requested or sought in order to provide appropriate support and referrals.
The CCRT may make preliminary inquiries to gather necessary information but does not investigate matters or participate in any disciplinary proceeding or impose disciplinary sanctions. CCRT works within existing University rules and policies. All incidents will be referred to as already existing bodies for action. All members will meet as appropriate and necessary to fulfill its mission.
What is the “I am a CULTURE, NOT a COSTUME” campaign:
This campaign endeavors to raise awareness on college campus communities regarding the issue of cultural appropriation. The issue of cultural appropriation is a constant one but it sometimes heightens around certain celebrations that involves a costume selection. Sometimes an individual does not intend to cause harm or offense with their costume selection, however, one that culturally appropriates another group of individuals has the potential to do so. Therefore, the intent of this campaign is to help promote inclusive excellence on college campuses committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
What is CULTURAL APPROPRIATION?
Cultural appropriation is defined as the taking– from a culture that is not one’s own–of intellectual property, cultural expressions or artifacts, history and ways of knowledge (Ziff & Rao, 1997). This can happen and has happened in a variety of forms in our society, but often around Halloween, it involves wearing ‘costumes’ that rely on and utilizes different artifacts of cultural significance to a particular group in our society.
Why is it an issue?
- Cultural appropriation does not promote inclusion
- Cultural appropriation disrespects and dehumanizes a culture and individuals of that culture
What can you do to help prevent Cultural Appropriation during Halloween Celebrations:
- Think before you dress. (Try to choose your costume wisely.)
- Call it like you see it. (Try to safely let people know that you do not approve of cultural appropriation.)
- Understand it. (Try to learn more about this issue and other cultures.)
LEARN MORE on these websites:
We’re a Culture, Not a Costume (University of Denver)
We’re a Culture, Not a Costume (Ohio University)
EVALUATE YOUR COSTUME CHOICE HERE:
UMass Amherst created a racism ‘threat meter’ for Halloween costumes
WATCH THESE VIDEOS if you want to learn more:
Sponsored by the TCU Campus Community Response Team.