“Founded on the site of Maryland’s first capital, the College stands as a living legacy to the ideals of freedom and inclusiveness.”
The first words of the St. Mary’s College of Maryland mission statement clearly articulate the importance of creating space for a variety of intellectual freedoms while at the same time striving for a learning environment that is free of violence, harassment and discrimination. Achieving our aspirations requires embracing the responsibility to recognize and respond to bias-related incidents that impact our campus and the surrounding community.
This protocol was developed to provide the St. Mary’s community with information on the process for reporting a bias-motivated offense and resources available for anyone who is a target of such an offense.
Definition of Bias related incident
Who can I report to?
If you are the target of or a witness to any bias-motivated incident, we encourage you to immediately contact the Department of Public Safety. Public Safety will begin the process of collecting critical information and they will also share with you the numerous support resources available to you including Counseling Services, The LGBTQ Student Services Office, and the Dean of Students Office. They may also notify the Student Affairs Staff on-call professional to assist you with any follow up that may be requested.
If you choose, you may also report information anonymously through the Department of Public Safety Silent Witness website. Because it is anonymous, follow-up by a staff member is very limited. Reporting these incidents will however allow us to understand the types of bias-related incidents that are occurring in our community and assist us in working to ensure they do not continue to occur.
You may also choose to speak with a member of the Bias Response Team privately to explore your options for reporting and/or resolving any bias-related incident.