Additional Campus Resources
A Bias Incident is characterized as a behavior or act—verbal, written or physical—which is personally directed against or targets an individual or group based on perceived or actual characteristics such as race, color, religious belief, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, or age; behaviors like this constitute violations of the Colleges’ Community Standards. The kinds of incidents that may constitute a bias incident, include but are not limited to, threatening telephone calls or mail (including electronic mail), graffiti, physical assault, harassment, stalking, vandalism, destruction of personal property, or coercion. The Colleges encourage the reporting of all hate crimes and bias incidents.
At Hobart and William Smith Colleges, students can anonymously report bias incidents using this form. Once a report is submitted, the Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT), in collaboration with the Office of Student Affairs, thoroughly reviews the information and reaches out to the affected individuals as needed with the proper resources, support and educational interventions. Additional information on BIRT can be found here.
A Culture of Respect is one in which empathy, diversity and truth are valued and practiced.
A culture of respect is one that encourages us to see the world from multiple perspectives; to participate in dialogue that lifts understanding and that cultivates a practice of listening; to understand marginalization and isolation as the byproduct of prejudice and hate; to show leadership and intervene even when it is inconvenient and especially when it is difficult; and to fight oppression while we also guard against intolerance in our own thoughts and actions.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion fosters dignity and respect ensuring that all members of the HWS community have an equal opportunity to thrive.
The Intercultural Center is a place that creates an environment where students find support, challenges, and grounding for their personal growth, academic success and the development of their leadership skills. Students are encouraged to become leaders, mentors and to excel academically. Programs are available that promote cross-cultural opportunities as well as that support students and other campus community members.
The LGBTQ & Allies group is composed of faculty and staff who are working toward improving the campus culture around LGBTQ issues. The goal is to increase support and awareness for the LGBTQ community in hopes of creating a more inclusive environment. The LGBTQ & Allies membership list is available here.
Title IX, a federal law, mandates that colleges and universities create an environment free from sexual discrimination and harassment for all community members and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), 20 U.S.C. §1681, et seq. All public and private elementary and secondary schools, school districts, colleges, and universities receiving any federal funds must comply with Title IX. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex includes sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, other forms of sexual misconduct, stalking, and intimate partner violence.
At Hobart and William Smith Colleges, safety is our top priority and we believe that it is a shared responsibility. Our campus safety team is committed to working collaboratively with members of the Hobart and William Smith community to provide a safe and secure living and educational environment that nurtures the academic and social growth of our students. Review our Living Safely publication for further detail on our policies.
The LGBTQ+ Resource Center actively promotes academic and personal growth for the HWS LGBTQ community, including planning and coordinating campus-wide programs and services to enhance the community’s understanding and appreciation of LGBTQ people, themes, and needs.