Recently, the U.S. Department of Education issued a letter to all colleges and universities across the nation regarding concerns of discrimination and bias related to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19, commonly referred to as coronavirus. The letter cites an increase in the number of reports regarding stereotyping, harassment, and bullying directed towards students and faculty perceived to be of Chinese-American or, more generally, Asian descent.
In this time of crisis, it is essential that we lift up our commitment to the values of inclusivity within our campus.
Any discrimination incident that may be motivated by another person’s race, color, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity is considered a hate crime. The act does not need to be a federal, state or local crime.
Students, faculty, staff and visitors who believe they have witnessed or been the target of bias, intolerance or discrimination may report an incident to the Office for Inclusive Excellence (bias and intolerance) or the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (sexual misconduct and discrimination).
Below are some additional resources available to the campus community:
- Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action: 801-581-8365
- Office for Inclusive Excellence: 801-585-5994
- Department of Public Safety (police): 801-585-COPS (2677)
- Office of the Dean of Students: 801-581-7066
- University Counseling Center: 801-581-6826
- Center for Student Wellness
- Bystander Intervention Trainings: 801-581-7776
- Victim-Survivor Advocates: 801-581-7776
The U is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion
The University of Utah strongly condemns bias, discrimination, racism, bigotry and hate. We support fostering an inclusive campus and are committed to diversity. U administrators want to assure students, faculty and staff that they are dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming and equitable campus where we work together to engage, support and advance a living, learning and working environment that fosters values of respect, diversity, inclusivity and academic excellence.