Cedar Crest College (the “College”) values a diverse, inclusive, and equitable learning environment. The College is committed to maintaining a respectful and welcoming living, learning, and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff. As such, the College has established the Bias Incident Response Team. The Response Team is the first response from the College in coordinating responses to bias and hate incidents. The Response Team ensures that affected individuals have access to appropriate resources, to assist the College in its response, and to facilitate a coordinated campus response to bias-related incidents and situations.
Bias incidents are expressions, acts, or behaviors — verbal, written, or physical — which are directed against or target an individual or group based on perceived or actual characteristics, such as, race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, familial status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected from discrimination under law. Bias incidents include hate crimes as defined under Federal and applicable state law. Incidents do not need to be hate crimes to be reported. All such incidents may violate College polices regarding student, faculty, and staff conduct, as well as laws against discrimination. The College strongly encourages the reporting of all hate crimes and bias incidents.
As an academic community, the College values protected free speech as central to advancement of learning. The College also recognizes an obligation to ensure an educational environment that is welcoming and inclusive of all learners.
The Bias Incident Response Team does not replace processes and policies for reporting and addressing acts of discrimination, harassment, or violence, including but not limited to those established in student, faculty, and staff handbooks or by the offices of Student Affairs, Human Resources, the Provost, or the College Police.
Retaliation of any kind against a student or member of the faculty, staff, or college community for submitting a bias incident report, participating in a bias follow-up procedure, or refusing to participate in a bias follow-up procedure is explicitly prohibited
Why Should I Report?
Reporting bias and hate crimes allows the College to assist those in need, respond to incidents, track patterns of incidents, and to revise, develop, and/or implement effective interventions to maintain a respectful and welcoming living and learning environment for all students, faculty, and staff.
How Do I Report?
Report suspected bias or hate crime incidents to the College in the following ways:
TO REPORT AN EMERGENCY SITUATION OR TO REPORT A CRIME IN PROGRESS:
ON CAMPUS - CALL CAMPUS POLICE AT 610-437-4471 or "0" (from a campus phone)
OFF CAMPUS - CALL 911
Incidents that threaten, result in, or potentially could result in physical harm or violence should be immediately reported to law enforcement.
For all other matters, you may file a report by:
In person — Contact a Bias Incident Response Team member (See Below)
Online — Downloadable PDF File
Individuals may request that their report be anonymous. Response Team recognizes the importance of balancing an individual’s right to confidentiality and privacy with the community’s need to know how the College is responding to an incident. All incidents reported to the Response Team will be handled with privacy and discretion. Any personal information obtained will be subject to disclosure only to the extent required by law, or as required for the College to respond appropriately.
What Do I Include in My Report?
Include all information related to the incident, including what happened, who was involved, where, when or a description of the incident, the persons involved and present at the incident, the location of the incident and the date/time of the incident.
Keep any evidence, including photographs, written notes, text messages, documents and contact information for witnesses or other persons involved with the incident. File a report as soon as possible after the incident occurs to preserve the accuracy of information.
Note: A lack of "hard evidence" or significant time lapse since an incident occurred should not discourage you from filing a bias report.
Who Can Report Bias?
Any member of the College community—students, faculty, staff, or visitors—can report incidents involving bias or hate.
What to Expect Once You Have Filed a Report
If you provide contact information, a College official will contact you. If you made an anonymous report, the College will review the incident as reasonably feasible, based on the information provided. If you are willing to meet with the Response Team, the team may review additional options and resources with you.
Bias Incident Response Team
They are the first line of review for all cases. Based on the nature of the situation, this team may refer cases on to other departments or convene a team of Secondary Responders. This primary team is also responsible for generating all Bias Incident Response Team reports.
Staff and Faculty
Director of Community Standards and Residence Life
Kelly M. Steinmetz
610-606-4666 ext. 3351
Allen House Office #3
Director of Human Resources and
Title IX coordinator
610-606-4666 ext. 3584
Blaney Hall Room 104
Director of Diversity & Inclusion
610-606-4666 ext. 3596
Allen House Office #1
Blaney Hall Room 206
The following individuals serve in a secondary capacity; and, assess particular incidents and situations based on their expertise with specific types of bias response and professional employment within the campus community.
Director of Academic Services / International Student services
610-606-4666 ext. 3582
Academic Success Center
Academic Department Chairs
Disability Services Specialist
610-606-4666 ext. 4462
Academic Success Center
Learn more about the definitions of bias, harassment and discrimination