At Loyola, we respect and value our differences, in keeping with our mission to “welcome students of diverse backgrounds and prepare them to live meaningful lives with and for others.”
Nevertheless, discrimination, prejudice, and implicit biases sometimes intrude upon our efforts to promote respect, kindness, and peace. If you witness or experience an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or violence motivated by prejudice against a person’s race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, gender identity, transgender status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability status, marital status, citizenship status, or any other characteristic, prohibited by applicable law, please inform us so that we can respond appropriately and in keeping with the law:
A bias incident is an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, violence or criminal offense committed against any person, group or property that appears to be intentional and motivated by prejudice or bias. Such acts are usually associated with negative feelings and beliefs with respect to others’ race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, gender identity, transgender status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability status, marital status, citizenship status, and other identity characteristics. If you witness or experience such acts, please inform us so that we can respond appropriately and in keeping with the law:
Loyola wants all community members to feel completely free to report bias incidents, knowing they will be handled with appropriate confidentiality and with protection from retaliation (in accordance with Loyola’s Non-Retaliation Policy). Bias Incident Reports are reviewed immediately by the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO). When you file a report, the CDO will request a private meeting with you to discuss the incident, your available response options, and your desired outcomes. Please note that while the CDO keeps reports as confidential as possible, compliance with federal, state, and local laws, and with University policy, may require reporting vital information to University officers who need to know.
When reports address conduct that does not violate the law or University policy, the CDO reviews them with a Bias Response Team (BRT) comprised of professional staff committed to providing proactive support to Loyola community members affected by bias.
The BRT is an advocacy and support system that:
The BRT does not:
If you report an act of discrimination, harassment, violence, or other misconduct that violates the law or University policy, the CDO will inform you of your rights and your options for pursuing a formal investigation through the appropriate University offices:
We do everything we can to ensure your safety on campus. The world is facing a number of statistical crises, and we want you to feel like campus is home – a safe place to walk, study, eat, and just be. No one deserves to live in fear of sexual violence or discrimination, but the unfortunate reality is that we must prepare for the situations should they occur. If you for any reason feel the need to initiate an investigation of alleged discrimination, harassment, sexual or gender-harassment, domestic or dating violence, stalking or retaliation pursuant to the Student Code of Conduct, you should file a report with the Title IX Coordinator or Student Affairs at 504.864.7151. We are here to help.
Loyola prides itself on being a safe place for all people, including students, staff, and faculty who live with disabilities. If you’ve witnessed or experienced an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or violence against someone who is disabled, use the Bias Incident Reporting Form found here:
Loyola honors its commitment to provide accessible education for our students and an accessible environment for all members of our campus community. If you witness or experience accessibility limitations please contact the Office for Accessible Education for assistance.
To file an anonymous whistleblower report, please call Loyola’s Reportline at (855) 312-9257 or visit Reportline webpage. Be advised that any retaliation against those reporting, either in person or anonymously, will not be tolerated.
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