Russell Sage College is committed to preventing bias crime and bias-related behavior on our campuses. Toward that goal, Russell Sage College employs a variety of strategies, both proactive and reactive, that are intended to foster diversity and tolerance while reacting swiftly and forcefully against those whose behavior is intolerable.
All complaints of Bias, Hate, Discrimination & Harassment will be reviewed and investigated using the Discrimination & Harassment Policy and Procedure for Students and Employees.
Acts of Bias
Bias incidents are acts of conduct, speech, or expression that target individuals and groups based on age. citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, geographic origin, language, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.
Acts of Hate
A hate crime is a traditional offense that is motivated by bias. A person commits a hate crime when one of a specified set of crimes is committed targeting a victim because of a perception or belief about their race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation, or when such an act is committed as a result of that type of perception or belief. These crimes can target an individual, a group of individuals or public or private property.
Public Safety is required to remain in compliance with the requirements of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act by including data on reported Hate Crimes.
Acts of Discrimination and Harassment
The College prohibits acts of Discrimination and Harassment by and against members of the Russell Sage Community such as faculty, staff and students, including hostile behavior that is engaged in on the basis of a person’s race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (gender), sexual orientation, age, religion, religious creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, military status, citizenship status, and other status protected by law. The full Russell Sage Discrimination and Harassment Policy and Procedure for Students and Employees is available here.
To report an alleged incident, please refer to the Bias Reporting Form or contact your Title IX Coordinator, Laura J. D’Agostino.
Russell Sage College is required to disclose the occurrence of the following hate crimes when the motivation for the crime is the victim’s membership or perceived membership in a particular race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability:
- Murder/non-negligent manslaughter
- Negligent manslaughter
- Forcible sex offense
- Non-forcible sex offense
- Aggravated assault
- Motor vehicle theft
- Simple assault
- Destruction, damage, vandalism to property
- Any other crime involving bodily injury
Russell Sage College did not experience any hate crimes in 2018, 2019 or 2020.
The Board of Trustees and all of its committees have been charged with including an awareness of the need for diversity in all decision making. An Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) has been created and its Director, Barbara Cockfield, charged with developing programming on both campuses. An International Student Advisor, Maria Barthold, has been identified and charged with advocacy for those students.
Bias awareness training is conducted for all new students during their orientation and is required for all employees on a regular basis. Resident Assistants and Student Mentors are provided with additional training intending to help them recognize bias crime and respond to it in an appropriate manner. A cross section of employees has been trained in bias awareness and prevention strategies. Public Safety Officers are trained to identify such behavior and respond in an appropriate manner.
The Student Code of Conduct specifically prohibits such behavior and provides appropriate penalties. The Residence Hall contract includes a clause prohibiting such behavior and advocating diversity. The Employee Handbook specifically prohibits such behavior, provides appropriate penalties and identifies Cabinet-level officers as Compliance Officers.
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