Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.54
Liaison Alex Miller
Submission Date March 6, 2020
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Carleton College
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.83 / 3.00 Alexandra Miller
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Energy and Sustainability
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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :
Yes

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:

https://apps.carleton.edu/handbook/governance/?policy_id=955843

College Statement of Non-Discrimination
Guiding Principle

Equal opportunity for all is an essential part of Carleton’s recognition that diversity expands the Carleton community’s intellectual horizons and enriches the teaching, working, living and learning environment. Carleton College is committed to the principle that its educational facilities, activities and employment opportunities shall be offered without regard to race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, gender, national origin, marital status, veteran status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, status with regard to public assistance, disability or age. Carleton College prohibits discrimination against or harassment of any student, applicant, visitor or employee because of race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, gender, national origin, marital status, veteran status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, status with regard to public assistance, disability or age.

Examples of Prohibited Behavior

Examples of behavior prohibited by this Statement are: denying an educational opportunity or applying a different standard to a student because of the student’s national origin; racial epithets or “jokes;” intimidating an employee because the employee is gay; stalking a student because of student’s gender; and actions intended to create a hostile learning or working environment because a student or employee is disabled.

Application

This Statement applies to all Carleton faculty, students, employees and visitors in connection with any College program, whether on or off campus, including academic, educational, extra-curricular, athletic, residential, employment (including work-study), and other College activities and programs.

Reporting Violations

Any student, employee or visitor to the College campus who is subject to, witnesses, or otherwise becomes aware of discrimination or harassment in violation of this Statement is strongly encouraged to immediately report the incident by filing a Community Concern Form or by making a report to the appropriate Designated Person identified below.

Designated Person for Reports by Student

Carolyn H. Livingston
Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
Severance Hall 110
One North College Street
Northfield, MN 55057
(507) 222-4248
clivingston@carleton.edu

Designated Person for Reports by Faculty

Beverly Nagel
Dean of the College
141 Laird Hall
One North College Street
Northfield, MN 55057
(507) 222-4303
bnagel@carleton.edu

Designated Person for Reports by Employees (other than faculty) and Visitors

Kerstin M. Cárdenas
Director of Human Resources
Strong House 101
One North College Street
Northfield, MN 55057
(507) 222-4068
kcardena@carleton.edu

Students, employees and visitors may also make a report to the interim Title IX Coordinator, Amy Sillanpa, Assistant Dean of Students, Severance Hall 110, One North College Street, Northfield, MN 55057, 507-222-4075, asillanp@carleton.edu.

A community concern reporting a violation of this Statement will be directed to the appropriate Designated Person.

Procedures

The College maintains Procedures for Investigating Reports of Discrimination or Harassment which can be found here.

Please note that reports of violations of the College’s Policy Against Sexual Misconduct should be reported as provided in that policy.


Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team) to respond to and support those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team (including examples of actions taken during the previous three years):

As a small, residential campus, we are fortunate to be able to coordinate a variety of support services when bias incidents or acts of discrimination occur (though it should be noted that Carleton has experienced few major bias incidents or hate crimes. Bias issues have been more likely to come in the form of microaggressions, which are being addressed proactively through training and dialogue programs and reactively through Community Standards). If bias incidents occur, a team of administrators and front-line service staff are assembled to devise a coordinated approach to supporting the person(s) who have witnessed or experienced the act of discrimination, investigating the situation, ensuring campus safety, and coordinating communications, as appropriate. The Bias Incident Inventory site, hosted by the Community, Equity, and Diversity Initiative (CEDI), is designed to assist with campus communications regarding such incidents.
Reporting Violations
Any student, employee or visitor to the College campus who is subject to, witnesses, or otherwise becomes aware of discrimination or harassment in violation of this Statement is strongly encouraged to immediately report the incident by filing a Community Concern Form or by making a report to the appropriate Designated Person identified below.

Designated Person for Reports by Student
Carolyn H. Livingston
Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
Severance Hall 110
One North College Street
Northfield, MN 55057
(507) 222-4248
clivingston@carleton.edu

Designated Person for Reports by Faculty
Beverly Nagel
Dean of the College
141 Laird Hall
One North College Street
Northfield, MN 55057
(507) 222-4303
bnagel@carleton.edu

Designated Person for Reports by Employees (other than faculty) and Visitors
Kerstin M. Cárdenas
Director of Human Resources
Strong House 101
One North College Street
Northfield, MN 55057
(507) 222-4068
kcardena@carleton.edu

Students, employees and visitors may also make a report to the interim Title IX Coordinator, Amy Sillanpa, Assistant Dean of Students, Severance Hall 110, One North College Street, Northfield, MN 55057, 507-222-4075, asillanp@carleton.edu.

A community concern reporting a violation of this Statement will be directed to the appropriate Designated Person.

The Community Board on Sexual Misconduct is the College body charged with adjudicating complaints of student-to-student sexual misconduct. The Board hears student-student sexual misconduct cases in three-person panels, selected from the Board as a whole.

The Board consists of four faculty, three staff, and five students. Faculty are appointed by the Faculty Affairs Committee to serve a three-year term. Staff are appointed by the President’s Office to serve a three-year term. Students apply to serve on the Board through the Carleton Student Association application process. They then are selected by the Title IX Coordinator, in collaboration with the CSA chair. Students serve one or more years, depending on their availability.

The Title IX Coordinator and Title IX Deputy for Faculty and Staff serve on the Board in an ex officio, non-voting capacity. The Title IX Coordinator chairs the committee and, together with the Title IX Deputy, arranges and leads meetings and trainings.

Students who participate in a hearing process have the opportunity to indicate if they have a conflict with a Board member (for instance, currently taking a class with that professor, staff member is their supervisor, they have a significant relationship with a student member). They can request that the Board member not serve on the panel in their case.

The Board meets four to five weeks per term for comprehensive training related to their work, covering such topics as:

Discussion of the student complaint process
Carleton’s Policy Against Sexual Misconduct
Incapacitation
Consent
Legal requirement
Evaluating credibility
Evaluating evidence
Bias in decision-making
Resources for students
Meetings may also involve mock hearings and debriefs of recent cases.


Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit staff from underrepresented groups?:
No

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit faculty from underrepresented groups?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

Multicultural Alumni Network works to identify students of color who may be interested in attending Carleton, and connects with these prospective students in personal and meaningful ways, giving a human face to the intimidating college admissions process.

https://apps.carleton.edu/alumni/mcan/circle/admissions/


Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support faculty from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

The Office of Intercultural & International Life (OIIL) fosters a campus-wide climate of respect. The office reflects the changing paradigms of the growth of many U.S. cultures reflected by currently enrolled students of color and international students and the needs of a diverse intercultural community. OIIL advocates for the promotion of a diverse and nondiscriminatory campus community, preparing students for pursuit of lifelong learning. The Office is open to assist all students regardless of race, gender, color, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and national or ethnic origin. However, the office has a unique role with regard to enhancing the overall quality of life for students of color and international students on campus by focusing on retention, programming, leadership development, training and education. The Office of Intercultural & International Life works to fulfill this mission through sponsoring guest speakers, cultural performances, art exhibits, discussion forums, and films. The office also maintains a small library, publishes an office newsletter, and supports a peer-mentoring program.

OIIL also serves Carleton's faculty and staff.

OIIL also has a Peer Leader Program that provides support for students, more information is available here: https://apps.carleton.edu/campus/intercultural/peer-leaders/

The College's health insurance provider, Health Partners, has worked closely with HR to create an Employee Assistance Program, EAP, for help with anything from wills to mental health counseling to diet and exercise plans. This program is free to all Carleton staff and faculty.


Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:
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Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
Yes

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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