Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 37.54
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date Dec. 17, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Indiana University South Bend
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00 Laura Harlow
Institutional Equity
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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:


Indiana University pledges itself to continue its commitment to the achievement of equal opportunity within the University and throughout American society as a whole. In this regard, Indiana University will recruit, hire, promote, educate, and provide services to persons based upon their individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

As required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission. Questions specific to Title IX may be referred to the Office for Civil Rights or the University Title IX Coordinator.

Indiana University shall take affirmative action, positive and extraordinary, to overcome the discriminatory effects of traditional policies and procedures with regard to the disabled, minorities, women, and veterans.

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):

IU has an electronic Bias Report mechanism, or faculty, students, and staff can contact the Office of Associate Dean of Students via email, phone, or in person. The electronic bias report mechanism is also available as an App in IU's app system, One.IU, and is mobile friendly.

IU has a centralized reporting system for concerns of bias located here: https://reportincident.iu.edu/ . The report is then sent to the Dean of Students (if student) and Office of Institutional Equity for assessment of action. The case is then reviewed for informal or formal interventions. This can include action by the office of student conduct. Protocols are found here: https://reportincident.iu.edu/process/index.html. If the case is a faculty or staff member, they must go through the IEIE.

The University is also committed to supporting DACA students, undocumented students, and immigrant faculty and staff, especially following recent Executive Orders. The University published the following information and sent to all campus members:
"We vigorously investigate and prosecute anyone who threatens, intimidates, or harasses any member of our community, and make special efforts to protect those who are targeted or at risk for physical harm, threats or intimidation. You may report a concern electronically or directly to Associate Dean of Students Carol McCord at incident@indiana.edu or at (812) 855-8188. Of course, call 911 if you face an immediate threat.
We will counsel students about and connect students to available resources for educational and living expenses for which they are legally eligible through the Office of Scholarships.
If you are detained or prevented from re-entering the U.S. while traveling, Indiana University will assist you. Please call Associate General Counsel Angela Adams in the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel at 317-274-7455 or the Office of International Services (OIS) at 812-855-9086. During non-business hours, please contact the IU Police Department (IUPD) at 812-855-4111, and they will connect you immediately with an OIS official.

If you have immigration-related concerns, we provide counseling and support for IUB community members through OIS. Additionally, OIS has created a new web page that will be maintained with current information and advice.

OIS will also work with General Counsel to provide referrals to attorneys on immigration-related legal issues. We also have identified a group of attorneys willing to work with our students on a pro bono basis." - Provost Lauren Robel


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:

For students: IU South Bend offers 21st Century, Frank O’Bannon grant and scholarship opportunities to recruit students from underrepresented groups. IUSB hosts multiple diversity recruitment events throughout the academic year.

For Staff and/or Faculty: IU South Bend has two staff members that are dedicated too diversity. Faculty also has a dedicated Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEO) staff member who provides the training necessary for searching and training initiatives relating to underrepresented groups. We also have the Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU) list that is provided to faculty to aid them in searching and screening targeted minorities. We have targeted funds for recruitment.

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:

The Titan Success Center (TSC) was established in 2015. Its mission is to support and provide academic guidance for and to retain undergraduate students with outstanding potential for success at IU South Bend.

TSC coordinates holistic approaches to enhance academic success and the overall student experience among conditional admitted students.

TSC is a supportive community of Success Coaches and IU South Bend campus and community partners.

TSC oversees the University's Leadership Academy. It’s also a reassuring place for Renaissance Scholars, Frank O’Bannon Scholars, and the 21st Century Scholars.

TSC works closely with each student throughout the semester, many of whom remain part of the program throughout their undergraduate experience at IU South Bend.

Black Student Union: https://titanatlas.iusb.edu/organization/blackstudentunion

The Black Student Union is a student led organization that was established to foster support for and meet the comprehensive needs of African American students during their enrollment at IU South Bend. We are students assuming an active role in providing awareness of Black culture to our campus. Our Mission is to incorporate Black culture awareness with our academic achievements and encourage our growth as successful individuals. Membership in this club is open to all irrespective of race, creed, color, gender, class, age, nation of origin, nationality, disability, marital status, religion, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Latino Student Union: https://titanatlas.iusb.edu/organization/LSU

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:

Data for this Credit was retrieved from the Department of Institutional Equity, and the Department of Student Affairs.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.