The Campus Climate Committee (CCC) was formed several years ago and charged with evaluating the UW Colleges Climate survey and proposing actions to improve the campus climate, especially in regards to acceptance of diversity. Committee members believed that the goal of creating a safe and welcome climate for all students/staff/faculty requires constant conscious effort and thus the committee continues to meet and work on ways in which the campus climate might be improved.
Based on the recommendations of the CCC, two new student groups were formed over the past couple of years: the Pride Alliance (advisors, Lisa Hager and Tim Thering) and the Student Veterans Association (advisor, Ellyn Lem). The CCC also created a bias-incident report that may be filled out anonymously, sponsored safe-zone training, and has developed campus programming to foster awareness and discussion of campus climate issues.
Reporting a Bias Incident
It is the intention of UW-Waukesha to support a campus climate that is respectful and supportive of all who work, live, study or participate in activities or events in the campus community.
The University of Wisconsin-Waukesha defines a hate or bias-motivated incident as any disruptive conduct (oral, written, graphic or physical) that is against an individual, or individuals, because of their actual, or perceived, race, color, national origin/ancestry, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran and National Guard status, marital status, pregnancy, political affiliation, or arrest/conviction record.
REPORT AN INCIDENT: help us investigate this incident and maintain safety on campus. This reporting process is designed to maintain the privacy of those who choose to use it: to that end, information provided by you will be kept confidential to the extent possible unless you authorize its release for investigation and/or follow-up. If you wish to remain anonymous, please be advised that you will not be contacted by UW-Waukesha regarding any follow-up related to this report.
If you believe the incident involves criminal conduct, please contact the Waukesha Police Department at 262-524-3831 for non- emergencies or 911 for emergencies, in addition to reporting the incident to campus. The University of Wisconsin-Waukesha urges all members of the UW-Waukesha community to report any hate/bias incident that has occurred on 1) UWW property, buildings; and/or, 2) UWW sponsored events or activities, regardless of location.
Teaching staff are encouraged to add the statement below on inclusivity to the policy section on your syllabi. This statement translates part of the UW Colleges policy on student non-academic misconduct into the vernacular and applies it to the classroom environment. The idea here is to prevent threatening and harassing comments and behavior by making it clear to our students that we have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to disrespect and discrimination of others from the first day of class.
Adding this statement to your syllabi is, of course, completely voluntary, but the CCC asks that you consider it because it is one way that we can further establish our campus’ commitment to being a truly inclusive learning environment. As part of our work on this issue, the CCC plans on having programming in the near future in which we, as faculty and staff, can collectively devise strategies to specific situations.
Commitment to Inclusive Excellence
As per UWS 17 of the University of Wisconsin Colleges Student Rights & Regulations, no form of harassment or discrimination is allowed in this class on the basis of identity, including but not limited to race, gender, class, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, immigration status, veteran status, gender identity, nationality, and/or ethnicity. While this class seeks to foster an environment in which ideas and beliefs can be challenged in the spirit of academic inquiry, such challenges must be respectful and civil so that all class members are welcome and empowered to participate in this learning process.
The Campus Climate Committee is open to all on campus. If you have a special concern or an idea that you would like the Campus Climate Committee to address, please feel free to contact one of the members.
Nick Wesell (SGA President)