Division of Student Affairs: About the CCRS

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About the CCRS

The goal of the Community Concerns Reporting System (CCRS) is to help educate and promote an inclusive community by supporting students through a clear and streamlined process for reporting incidents of perceived mistreatment, cultural/ethnic insensitivity, and bias.  The CCRS allows CWRU community members who have witnessed or have experienced incidents of bias, prejudice or discrimination involving a student to submit a report to the Community Concerns Reporting Response Team.

What Is a Community Concern?

A community concern is an incident involving any discriminatory or hurtful act that appears to be or is perceived by the victim that may be motivated by ethnic identity, gender identity/expression, skin color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or sexual orientation contributes to a hostile environment and has negative social, emotional, and/or physical impacts on a an individual, group or community. To be considered an incident, the act is not required to be a crime under any federal, state or local statutes, nor does it have to violate university policy.

The CCRS Response Team will:

  • Support students who have witnessed or been the target of bias-related incidents.
  • Refer community members to appropriate university and external resources, and educate reports on what to expect from each resource.
  • Inform the university community about the frequency and nature of bias incidents through summary reports each semester to drive discussion around making CWRU more diverse and inclusive.  In addition to providing regular reports, the CCRS response team will meet with the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, and the Senior Associate Vice President for the Office of Equity.