True Bruin Respect: Report Hostile Climate Incidents

Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech School: University of California, Los Angeles Statement Rating: Green Last updated: July 26, 2018

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The “True Bruin Respect” program is intended to aid the campus community and its individual members in responding to hostile climate incidents directed toward any of our members.  In this program, a “hostile climate incident” refers to demeaning, derogatory, or otherwise offensive behavior directed toward any individual on the basis of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, or other group characteristics.

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UCLA strives to respond to acts of intolerance or hostile climate incidents with direct, effective action.  Reports submitted through this website will be received by the Dean of Students who will make an assessment as to the appropriate next steps.  If the individual making the report/referral is willing to be contacted, one of the Dean of Students’ staff will be in touch to provide assistance and to discuss next steps.  Assistance in dealing with the impact of this type of incident on the affected individual and campus community is a key component in the response plan.

If the matter is appropriate to be addressed through the UCLA Student Conduct Code, the Dean of Students Office will pursue it.  If not, it will be referred to the appropriate campus entity for further action.

[Consistent with the Principles of Community, UCLA’s True Bruin Respect Portal is explicit in focusing on conduct (“behavior . . . acts.”), not speech. Also, as the above language states, all reports receive an initial assessment to determine appropriate next steps. This assessment is designed to identify how best to remedy any “impact” on the “affected individual and campus community.” The University will pursue formal sanctions against a student only when that student’s behavior violates the UCLA Student Conduct Code, a body of positive law that has received FIRE’s Green Light rating. – Letter from UCLA Vice Chancellor Jerry Kang to FIRE, June 19, 2018.]

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