We welcome and respect the fundamental dignity of our students, faculty and staff from all backgrounds and identities. We work to create a community that does the same, educating and developing you as a person for and with others. Bias-related incidents, hate crimes, and bullying in all forms are unacceptable to these goals as they send a powerful message of intolerance and discrimination and disrupt our community.

About Bias Related Incidents

We've prepared answers to the most commonly asked questions about the process

Le Moyne defines a bias-related incident as behavior that constitutes an expression of hostility against the person or property of another because of the targeted personā€˜s race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, or disability.

Bias-related incidents include, but are not limited to, non-threatening name calling and using degrading language or slurs that are directed toward a person because of his or her membership or perceived membership in a protected class and that create a hostile environment for that person.

Le Moyne defines a hate crime as conduct, such as threats of violence, property damage, personal injury and other illegal conduct which are motivated and/or accompanied by bias.

While bias-related incidents sometimes target specific individuals, they often violate an entire group or community. Le Moyne College is committed to being an inclusive community; therefore any act that may pose a threat to our community is taken seriously. When a bias-related incident does target specific individuals because of their race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or other protected characteristic, even those individuals not directly targeted may feel at risk. Bias-related incidents harm our community and can create hostile living and learning environments.

Any Le Moyne College student, faculty, staff, or administrator along with any guest of the campus can file a report through the Bias Reporting System.

There is no time frame for bringing forward a complaint against a current student, faculty, or staff member. However, the passage of time may make an incident difficult or even impossible to investigate fairly or fully and to adjudicate or mediate. Therefore, individuals are encouraged to make a complaint as soon as possible after the incident occurred.

Individuals who may have been a victim of a bias-related incident can consult with the following individuals prior to filing an official report with the College:

  • Staff of the Wellness Center for Health & Counseling
  • Members of the Jesuit Community/Clergy

Once an official report has been filled with the College, the College will endeavor to respect and follow the wishes of an individual who brings forward a bias-related incident concern. However, individuals should understand that Le Moyne may have ethical and legal obligations to investigate, attempt to resolve or adjudicate such incidents that come to its attention. The reports remain confidential but not anonymous.

Once a report is filed through the Bias Reporting System, a member of the BRI Team will review the report and with the assistance of the BRI Team will determine the best course of action. A meeting will be held with the individual who filed the complaint to review their options and available resources and for them to be given an overview of the follow-up or investigation into the complaint.

Yes, a third party can file a report through the bias reporting system. A member of the BRI team will meet with the individual who filed the report and provide them with the resources and services necessary to ensure that the one who experienced the incident is aware of the options and resources available to them.

You can report a bias related incident by filling out the form linked below, calling the Bias Response Team at (315) 445-6150, or contacting Campus Security at (315) 445-4444. You can also report in person in the Office of Inclusive Excellence and Global Education (RH 344) or at Campus Security in the basement of Nelligan Hall.

Questions? Get in touch.

St. Ignatius

Barb Karper

Associate Provost for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging