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Frequently Asked Questions:

 

What do I need to know about confidentiality?

Only a few people on campus have the highest legal level of confidentiality, and even they cannot keep certain kinds of information confidential. Counselors in the Counseling Center, the religious leader of your faith tradition, the Coordinator for Violence Response and the Weekend Violence Responders have the highest legal level of confidentiality. All other members of the campus community have a duty to report acts of bias, discrimination, harassment or other community disturbances. Nonetheless, the University will make every effort to minimize what information is shared in any university process.

What is the Elon University Inclusive Community Team?

The Office of Inclusive Community Well-Being works across campus through a number of coordinated teams.  Each team has a specific area of focus and charge.  The Inclusive Community Council monitors overall campus climate, the Process Advocate Team is a group of faculty and staff dedicated to advocating with targets, survivors and witnesses of bias through any University or community process in which they are involved.  The Education Team works together to create and facilitate long-range and short-term educational programming for the campus community.  The Inclusive Community Team is comprised of those individuals who are directly responsible for the offices that oversee policy development, education, response and assessment on campus.  The membership of the Inclusive Community Team can be found here.

Why do we need an Inclusive Community Office?

Elon University has modeled the Office of Inclusive Community Well-Being and affiliated teams after other college and university campuses that are committed to providing students, staff and faculty with a safe place to work and learn.  The Elon Commitment promotes “engaged minds”, “inspired leaders” and “global citizens”.  In order to support this commitment, it is critical to actively foster a safe place to learn, develop and critically examine identity. This commitment has sparked multiple efforts across campus – the Inclusive Community Team being one such effort.  The Inclusive Community Team works to ensure comprehensive response to bias, harassment, discrimination and hate and also works to create the kind of community that celebrates diversity in an effort to prevent such acts in our future.

Does the Office of Inclusive Community Well-being provide training or presentations?

Yes.  The Director of Inclusive Community Wellbeing works with the Inclusive Community Education Team and the Inclusive Community Team  to provide presentations to classes, student clubs, or work units on a variety of topics related to bias, discrimination, harassment or other issues related to preventing such incidents as well as ways to create and foster inclusive environments.  Individual members of the Bias Incident Response team have specific expertise in content areas.  Contact a team member for more details or to discuss a particular area of interest.

How often does the Inclusive Community Council meet?

The Inclusive Community Council meets once a month to discuss policy, procedure and potential continued trainings.  Additionally, individual members of the Inclusive Community Council will be convened in the event of an incident of bias or hate that impacts the campus climate, campus group or individual. 

What can I do to make the campus more inclusive?

All members of the Elon community have the ability AND responsibility to do their part to prevent bias, discrimination and harassment and create inclusive community.  Creating a "hate free zone" starts with you.  For a list of ideas of how you can contribute to making Elon University a safe and supportive place for everyone, look at "10 Ways to Fight Hate On Campus". To speak with someone about getting involved in campus efforts, please contact Leigh-Anne Royster, Director of Inclusive Community Well-Being.

What will happen to my report when I file it?

When you file an on-line NON-EMERGENCY report, you will be contacted by someone from the Office of Inclusive Community Well-Being within 36 hours (during business hours).  If you have indicated on the form that you would like to speak with a Process Advocate, you can specify who you would like to contact you.  This person can speak with you about potential processes in which you could choose to be involved.

If I file a report online, or in any other form, will you automatically share it with University Police?

No. Not all incidents are criminal in nature. If there is a question as to whether an incident is criminal or not, or if there are safety issues involved, then the person who receives the report may ask the University Police Team Member to review it and determine whether further action by University Police is warranted.

If I am a student, or reporting an incident that involves a student, will you automatically share my report with the Dean of Students and Office of Student Conduct?

Not necessarily, but it may be required.  As with all reports, depending on the nature of the incident, the appropriate campus office may be informed about the report and therefore may contact you to discuss the incident.

What happens to the Official Reporting Form after the process is complete?

The Director of Inclusive Community Well-Being, in concert with appropriate parties, will keep general and statistical information about the incident for inclusion in Elon's annual report on campus diversity and inclusion. Anonymous information is included in an aggregate report shared with the Inclusive Community Council each semester.  NO IDENTIFYING INFORMATION IS INCLUDED IN THIS REPORT.  The Inclusive Community Council uses information about the types of incidents happening on campus to better shape programming and response aimed at creating a more inclusive community.

Does the Inclusive Community Team respond to off-campus incidents?

Yes. We feel it is important to support community members at all times whether events are occurring on or off-campus. Additionally, in relation to students, our expectations for student conduct extend beyond the geographic boundaries of campus and include all students, regardless of where they live. We can and do hold students accountable for behavior that violates the Student Honor Code.

 I am a student who wants to help make Elon a more inclusive campus. What can I do to get involved?

There are many ways to get involved! Contact Leigh-Anne Royster about how to get involved.  Leigh-Anne will hold open office hours at the following times/locations on campus. Also, please share your ideas with Brooke Barnett, chair of the Inclusive Community Council.