Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.93
Liaison Christina Erickson
Submission Date May 9, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Champlain College
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.83 / 3.00 Angela Batista
Vice President
Student Affairs and Institutional Diversity and Student Life
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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :

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

Champlain College cares about the wellbeing of all students, faculty, and staff. We are committed to creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment where all members of the community are treated with respect and dignity.

Therefore, the college does not tolerate harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct in any form. These acts are not only a violation against an individual; they are also acts that affects the entire college community. Acts of sexual harassment, sex offenses, stalking, dating violence, and domestic violence are inconsistent with Champlain's educational mission and our values.

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?:

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

The Assistant Vice President of Diversity, Community and Inclusion serves as the College's Bias Response Coordinator. Bias reports are evaluated through a triage process as received through our on-campus reporting system. Community members who report a bias related incident are invited to meet with the Assistant Vice President, or anther member of the Bias Response Team, to determine next steps in the process. Reporters are also offered assistance and support by a variety of offices and services available to students, faculty and staff including, Counseling, Health Services, Campus Public Safety, Employee Assistance Program, etc.


How to report a Bias Incident or Hate Crime
If anyone is injured or in danger, call 911, and notify the Office of Campus Public Safety at (802) 865-6465. If no one is injured or in danger, contact the Office of Campus Public Safety at (802) 865-6465.

Students making a report should contact one of the following:
Student Life Complaints - Vice President for Student Life at (802) 651-5851 abatista@champlain.edu
Academic Complaints - Provost & Academic Affairs Office at (802) 860-2729 acadaffairs@champlain.edu

Preserve all physical and electronically-stored evidence for the Office of Campus Public Safety.
If the incident occurred in a residence hall, contact the resident assistant or the Assistant Director or Area Coordinator on call at (802) 343-0719, who will then contact the Office of Campus Public Safety.
There is no such thing as an "unofficial" complaint unless the individual only shares the information with one of the mental health counselors or health service employees at the College who are bound by the ethics of confidentiality to not release information without permission except in circumstances where they believe that the safety and welfare of the individual or others may be at risk or as otherwise required by law.

Team members are named at https://www.champlain.edu/faculty-and-staff/people-center/safety-and-respect-for-all/report-discrimination-and-harassment

See full details on "Safety and Respect for All Website" http://www.champlain.edu/current-students/student-life-and-activities/safety-and-respect-for-all

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

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

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

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

Students - multiple scholarships designed to enhance diversity in student body (1st Generation, SPP, New American, CARE); pipeline recruitment via targeted schools in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, and Atlanta.

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

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

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

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

For students -

C.A.R.E — Champlain's Achievement, Retention and Excellence — is designed to help students succeed and thrive. The program combines the best of research on retention and success for underrepresented students, students from our partner programs and first-generation populations, including:

Academic support and structure
Mentoring & academic support in Office & Diversity and Inclusion
Development of non-cognitive variables
Providing horizon expanding opportunities
Developing a positive identity
Developing the capital needed to succeed in college

There are also affinity groups for LGBTQ; Jewish students & employees; and international students http://www.champlain.edu/about-champlain/diversity-and-inclusion/information-for-faculty-and-staff/affinity-groups

Being a single parent and going back to college can be a life dream; it can also be stressful. To help these students, Champlain College started the Single Parents Program. The program provides extra support for single-parent students. That support can include a specialized orientation program, monthly lunch socials, holiday sponsors who help by providing gifts, and a strong case management component to help when barriers to success arise. http://www.champlain.edu/student-life/student-services/single-parents-program

The Veteran Services Office, a part of the Office of Financial Aid, was created to provide easy access to military and VA education benefit information and services for our Military and Veteran students throughout the campus. http://www.champlain.edu/student-life/student-services/veteran-service-office

Womens & Gender Center - This office provides a comfortable, inclusive, and fun place for students to hang out, meet new friends, and have good conversation. Students of all gender identities and sexual orientations are welcome to call this place home, and we hope you will! We also facilitate educational and supportive programming around our three major themes: empowerment & leadership development; gender identity & sexual orientation; sexual violence prevention.

Champlain College's Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) aims to create a welcoming, accepting, and affirming environment for all students, while providing support to all underrepresented student populations.

Faculty & Staff

The Champlain Rainbow Alliance is composed of staff and faculty who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. We provide a supportive space to discuss issues relevant to Champlain's LGBTQ community, plan educational initiatives and host social activities.

Employee Assistance Program - E4 Health is a free, confidential and comprehensive solution for today's personal and work challenges. Champlain College's EAP may be accessed by phone or web. The service can provide information; counseling; and referrals for matters related to work, family, health or any issues that are important to you and your family.

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?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:

Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:

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

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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