Bias or Hate Reporting

St. Thomas is committed to providing an inclusive living, learning, and working environment that supports the well-being of each member and respects the dignity of each person. Incidents of hate and bias are inconsistent with the St. Thomas mission and convictions and have no place here. If you are a student who has experienced or witnessed a bias or hate incident, we want to address the incident and provide you with resources.

You can file an online report below or contact any of our campus resources for support.

In an emergency, please call 911 (off-campus) or 651-962-5555 (on-campus).

Frequently Asked Questions:

Unwelcome conduct that has a negative impact on an individual or group and that one could reasonably conclude is based on an actual or perceived protected characteristic, regardless of whether the conduct is unlawful or violates policy.

This definition of bias incident is used for reporting purposes only. Bias incidents vary in degree. Some bias incidents rise to the level of hate crime, harassment, or other policy violation. Other bias incidents do not rise to that level but still have adverse effects on our community members.

Bias incidents include, but are not limited to, any of the following: degrading language, slurs, epithets, permanent or temporary graffiti, vandalism, intimidation, posters with language or symbols linked to hate groups, discrimination, harassment or assault based on protected characteristics.

A protected characteristic is any of the following: race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, disability, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

The primary purpose of the reporting system is to connect the reporter or target of a bias incident with support and resources. In addition, St. Thomas will use data from the reporting system to track incidents of bias and to initiate investigations of potential policy violations.

If you believe that you or someone else has been adversely affected by a bias incident, make a report. Don’t worry if you are not sure whether it meets a definition. St. Thomas will consider the facts and circumstances to determine an appropriate response and can offer support resources regardless.

Anyone can make a report – the target of a bias incident, a friend, or a witness.

Yes, you can report anonymously using the reporting feature on this page by leaving the “name,” “phone” and “email” fields blank. However, understand that reporting anonymously will limit the University's ability to respond and provide resources and support. Anonymous reports often contain insufficient information to fully investigate and respond.

If you make an anonymous report, please provide as much detail as possible, including the location of the incident, a detailed description of what occurred, and information about groups or individuals who have been negatively impacted. If you choose to report anonymously, you may choose to identify yourself at a later time.

You can use this form or report a bias incident in person to any of the following offices:

 

AVP of Equity Compliance & Title IX Coordinator

Danielle Hermanny

Room 247, Anderson Student Center
dhermanny@stthomas.edu
p 1 (651) 962-6882

 

Dean of Students
Room 241, Anderson Student Center
www.stthomas.edu/deanofstudents
p 1 (651) 962-6050

 

Department of Public Safety
St. Paul: Morrison Hall, 1st Floor
Minneapolis: School of Law, 1st Floor
Public Safety

p 1 (651) 962-5100 (non-emergency)
p 1 (651) 962-5555 (emergency)
p 1 (651) 962-TIPS or PSTIPS@stthomas.edu (anonymous)

 

Human Resources
Room 217, Aquinas Hall
p 1 (651) 962-6510
Human Resources (Login Required)

 

Department Chair or Dean
If the incident took place in the classroom, you may also contact the department chair or dean of the school or college.

Students are strongly encouraged to call Public Safety or law enforcement immediately if they become aware of a possible hate crime, in order to ensure an immediate response. This form may be completed as a follow-up. 

A hate crime is criminal conduct against a person or property motivated in whole or part by bias. Hate crimes violate St. Thomas policy and the law. A hate crime is a severe form of a bias incident.

If you use this form to report a bias incident, the following individuals will receive the report:

  • AVP for Equity Compliance
  • Dean of Students and/or designee
  • Director of Public Safety and/or designee
  • AVP for Inclusive Excellence

These individuals will assess the report and share the report as needed with other relevant employees to ensure appropriate and consistent response. For example, for incidents that took place in the classroom, the department chair and/or dean of the school or college may be notified.

The response will vary depending on the particular facts and circumstances. With all non-anonymous reports, the Dean of Students Office will reach out to student reporters to offer support and resources. Other responses may include: investigation by St. Thomas, referral to the student conduct process, disciplinary action for employees, education/training for involved St. Thomas community members, education/training for the community, and/or restorative justice. St. Thomas will address bias incidents in accordance with all applicable university policies.

In cases where a student is found responsible for violating University policy, the sanctions will vary based on the facts and circumstances and may range from a formal warning to suspension or expulsion. In determining sanctions, the University considers a number of factors, including the nature of the conduct, the intent of the person who engaged in the conduct, and the impact of the conduct on individual(s) and the community. In a case in which the conduct is considered a hate crime for purposes of Clery Act reporting, the minimum sanction is suspension. In situations where conduct by a student does not violate a university policy but has caused harm, St. Thomas will respond through educational and/or restorative approaches.

The AVP for Equity Compliance or someone from the Dean of Students Office and/or relevant unit will reach out to student reporters who are identified in the report. Their goal is to better understand the incident, ensure that resources and support are offered, and determine the appropriate resolution options for the particular report. Students can generally expect a response to their report within one business day. If you need a more immediate response, please call Public Safety.

If you make an anonymous report using this form, St. Thomas will not be able to respond directly to you but will assess the information submitted and consider appropriate next steps. St. Thomas is limited in steps it can take in the absence of a reporting party.

St. Thomas shares summary data collected from these reports as part of an annual report to the community. In addition, the nature of an incident may be shared as part of educational or restorative responses to the report. No personally identifiable information about a target or reporter will be shared by St. Thomas in the summary reports or in campus communications.