Responding to Incidents that Disrupt the Inclusive Community

This protocol outlines the steps Ship will take when Incidents that disrupt the inclusive community arise on our campus. 

1. Assess

Assess threat to safety.

  • Ship Department of Public Safety conducts threat assessments and reaches out, as required, to Indiana Borough Police, Pennsylvania State Police, and the FBI to determine whether there are credible threats of imminent harm.

  • We also work with Residence Life personnel, assistant and associate deans, and others to assess the immediate situation for alleged perpetrator(s) and alleged victim(s).

2. Investigate

Consider the incident pursuant to the Code of Student Conduct and other policies and laws to determine whether an investigation and referral are warranted. That process is:

  • Investigate.

  • Once investigation is complete, consider whether the facts determined by investigation (if true) would rise to the level of a violation.

  • If so, refer to appropriate disciplinary process for fact determination, adjudication, and sanctioning.

3. Educate and Restore

  • Engage with offending individual through administrators, department faculty, chairs, assistant and associate deans, deans, and Office of Student Support and Community Standards to assess harm caused, and then work with the individual on voluntary restorative justice/restitution solutions.

4. Support

  • Support alleged victims and concerned community through clear, direct messaging and communication condemning hate.

  • Announce an immediate investigation and plans for an educational response.

  • Identify campus resources.

  • Provide counseling and other supportive measures.

  • Consider programming to counter the incident.

5. Communicate

  • Upon learning about an incident, send separate messages tailored to students, employees, alumni, trustees, chancellor, and the wider community.

  • Express concerns about reported bias-motivated behavior. Condemn hate.

  • Announce an immediate investigation of the matter.

  • Share resources for students affected by the incident.

  • Send regular updates to various stakeholders.


File a Violation of Our Inclusive Community Report


Reporting Discrimination, Harassment or Retaliation Form

Only fill out this form if the behavior you are reporting fits at least one of the following definitions:

Discrimination: Conduct of any nature that denies an individual the opportunity to participate in or benefit from a University program or activity, or otherwise adversely affects a term or condition of an individual’s employment, education, or on-campus living environment, because of age, race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, physical or mental disability, marital status, pregnancy and parenting students, religion, and veteran status.

Harassment: Behavior consisting of physical or verbal conduct that is sufficiently severe or pervasive such that it substantially interferes with an individual’s employment, education or access to University programs, activities or opportunities and would detrimentally affect a reasonable person under the same circumstances. Harassment may include, but is not limited to, verbal or physical attacks, graphic or written statements, threats, or slurs.

Retaliation: Any action, directly or through others, which is aimed to deter a reasonable person from reporting misconduct or participating in an investigation or hearing or action that is done in response to such activities.