Incident Response Team:
Director of Residence Life – Mark Nicklaus
Associate Dean of Faculty and Register – Michele Wittler
Director of Multicultural Affairs,
Center for Diversity and Inclusion- Maria Mendoza-Bautista
Associate Professor of Exercise Science- Mark Cole
Reporting an Incident
Ripon College provides an outlined procedure for students, faculty and staff to reference when bias incidents occur. This will ensure that we can continue to provide educational, working and living environments free from discrimination, harassment, intolerance and hate. Such behavior will not be tolerated at the College.
Ripon College Statement on Diversity and Inclusion
The official Ripon College diversity mission statement reads; Ripon College values diversity, as it is the foundation upon which a liberal arts education is built. We promote multiculturalism by providing a welcoming atmosphere that encourages social activism and inclusivity while providing the tools necessary to mold culturally competent leaders.
Ripon College Statement on Intolerance and Harassment
Ripon College is committed to free speech and open exchange of ideas and views, as reflected in the institution’s Core Values. This commitment requires the confrontation of challenging issues in the context of civil discourse and intellectual inquiry. However, behavior that exceeds the bounds of appropriate discourse and civil conduct will not be tolerated. Ripon College is dedicated to maintaining a community free from all forms of harassment, hostility, and intolerance.
It is the policy of Ripon College, consistent with its efforts to foster an environment of respect for the dignity and worth of all members of the College community, that all varieties of harassment and intimidation – sexual and non-sexual, physical and non-physical, verbal and non-verbal – of employees, students, and guests at Ripon College are unacceptable forms of conduct that will not be tolerated.
Harassment includes behavior, speech, or writing that demeans or stereotypes individuals in a harmful way. Harassment may create an intimidating, hostile or demeaning environment and often has the effect of interfering with an individual’s full and free participation in the life of the College.
Ripon College on the Bias Policy
This policy recognizes that thought and expression in the context of, and in service to, our learning mission is protected, while offering a mechanism for responding to the hatred and bias that work against it. These freedoms necessarily entail a potential for encountering ideas and speech that one finds controversial and even objectionable, insulting, or offensive. Acts of hate and bias- whether or not intended- threaten to undermine individuals’ or groups’ engagement in the free exchange of ideas. Providing clear means by which suspected hate acts and bias incidents can be reported aligns with Ripon College’s commitment to freedom of thought and expression as central to our academic freedom and to our teaching and learning mission.
How the Ripon College Community can support this policy
Every member of the Ripon College community can play a role in fulfilling our vision of educational, working, and living environments free from discrimination, harassment, intolerance, and hate. Examples of ways you can participate in creating this environment:
- Speaking out against, denouncing, and/or interrupting all forms which challenge the Ripon College Diversity Statement or Harassment Policy.
- Reporting all bias incidents.
- Assisting in investigations by providing information to staff or officers when approached.
- Participating in on-campus programming around multiculturalism, diversity and social justice (Social Justice Retreat, Multicultural Programming, Diversity Workshops, Safe Zone Training, Bystander Intervention Training, etc.).
- Committing to creating a safe, welcoming, and affirming community to all at Ripon College, including guests we invite into this community.
- Engage in respectful dialogue about our differences with other members of the community.