Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 36.50
Liaison Katy Everett
Submission Date Oct. 26, 2018
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Eureka College
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 3.00 Katy Everett
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Science and Mathematics
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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:

Eureka College is committed to providing a learning, working and living environment that promotes personal integrity, civility and mutual respect in an environment free of bias, discrimination, and/or sexual misconduct and discrimination. Sexual discrimination violates an individual’s fundamental rights and personal dignity. Eureka College considers sexual discrimination in all its forms to be a serious offense. This resource refers to all forms of sexual discrimination, including: sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence by employees, students, or third parties. (Title 20 U.S.C. Sections 1681-1688)
https://www.eureka.edu/title-ix/

In the Student Handbook, the college includes our Non-Discrimination Statement: No one shall be denied admission to any College course or program, nor denied housing, employment or promotion, nor the opportunity to study or work at Eureka College because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, unfavorable discharge from military service, military status, status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran, genetic information, citizenship, or order of protection status, in accordance with applicable law. Any questions regarding discrimination on the
basis of sex or sexual orientation should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at Title9@eureka.edu. All other concerns regarding discrimination against a student should be directed to the Provost's Office and those regarding employees should be directed to Human Resources. Found at: https://www.eureka.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Student-Handbook-18-19-1.pdf


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):

The college has a Title IX team that handles any discrimination incidents. All incidents and the total number of cases are confidential except for what the Coordinator (Jess Brown) releases to the State of IL). In cases of Title IX, pir policies are online or can be received by request from Jess Brown: jbrown@eureka.edu. https://www.eureka.edu/title-ix/

In the past three years, there has not been any need for action/response/coordination outside of Title IX (faculty grievance, HR Response Committee, or cases of bias/discrimination involving students). In the case that a student, faculty or staff member has witnessed or experienced a bias incident or act of non-sexual discrimination (or hate crime), there are multiple routes for reporting. For faculty, a petition would be submitted to the Faculty Grievance Committee and protocol (outlined in Chapter VII, Part A of the 2018-2019 Faculty Handbook, pages 82-89) is followed for all cases. If desired, a complainant may seen an initial confidential meeting to obtain advice and counsel on how to handle concerns with the Ombudsman, the Division Chair, or the Provost.

In cases involving college staff, there is a Human Resources Response Committee who handles the initial stage of reporting (as delineated in the Staff Handbook). Staff complaints should normally contact the Chief Financial Officer (as their representative on the President's Council).

Faculty and Staff Resources:
https://www.eureka.edu/staff-faculty/resources/category/human-resources

For students, cases of discrimination are brought to the Dean of Students or the Provost, investigations take place through that position (there is a reporting procedure in place, but not set investigative procedure as it is held on a case-by-case basis) and handled through Student Code of Conduct.

This past fall (2018) there was an informal training initiated by the provost that reached all freshman students (through their mandatory first year seminar) on racial discrimination; in particular, use of the "n-word" by students of any ethnicity.


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:

Recruitment is done at Quest Charter school, a public school in Peoria. There are a lower-income school.


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?:
No

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support faculty from underrepresented groups on campus?:
No

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

The College held a program during Homecoming of the Fall 2016 semester to provide mentorship to underrepresented groups from African American alumni mentors.

Eureka College has a relationship with Tazwood counseling services that any can utilize. Bruce Fowlkes is the chaplain of the college and available for students to talk to about any issue they are having in their life.

The Learning Center staff are available for students as a resource for failing grades and tutoring services.

Office of Student Life: Every semester this office hosts Safe Zone Training available to the campus.


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?:
No

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
No

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