BE the CHANGE

Purpose

To provide direction to any student who has been the target of a hate crime, an act of intolerance, discrimination or harassment, or to any student, staff, or faculty member who has witnessed a student being targeted as so stated above, and who is submitting a report. The targeted person, in this instance, must be a student, and does not apply to faculty or staff. Faculty or staff who have been the target of bias motivated incidents should contact the Affirmative Action Office for assistance. The protocol will help to ensure an efficient, effective and appropriate response to incidents both on and off campus involving Penn State students.

Introduction

The University is committed to creating an educational environment which is free from intolerance directed toward individuals or groups and strives to create and maintain an environment that fosters respect for others. As an educational institution, the University has a mandate to address problems of a society deeply ingrained with bias and prejudice. Toward that end, the University provides educational programs and activities to create an environment in which diversity and understanding of other cultures are valued. [Excerpt from Policy AD29: Statement on Intolerance.]

Acts of intolerance violate the principles upon which American society is built and serve to destroy the fabric of the society we share. Such actions not only do untold and unjust harm to the dignity, safety and well-being of those who experience this pernicious kind of discrimination but also threaten the reputation of the University and impede the realization of the University's educational mission. [Excerpt from Policy AD29: Statement on Intolerance.]

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to programs, facilities, admission and employment without regard to personal characteristics not related to ability, performance, or qualifications as determined by University policy or by state or federal authorities. It is the policy of the University to maintain an academic and work environment free of discrimination, including harassment. The Pennsylvania State University prohibits discrimination and harassment against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status. Discrimination or harassment against faculty, staff or students will not be tolerated at The Pennsylvania State University. [Excerpt from Policy AD42: Statement on Nondiscrimination and Harassment]