The latest summary report of incidents on Indiana University’s campus motivated by bias related to gender, religion, race and sexual orientation was released this week.
Incidents team Chair Carol McCord says the data shows that the community has not moved past bias and hateful incidents on campus. There is an increase in incidents being reported, but people who are committing hateful acts don’t realize their actions have an effect on the community as well.
“We do struggle how to make the point to people who are perpetrating these incidents that they really are having an impact that hurts not only that individual, but that individuals’ group and honestly the larger community,” McCord says.
“If anyone of us is in a community in which people are being targeted on the basis of any particular aspect of who they are all the rest of us are then at risk also it changes the nature of our community,” she says.
Out of all the incident reports, sexual orientation and religious bias saw the greatest increase. McCord says the report is beneficial to show that these instances are still happening.
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