Campus Community Response Team
Texas Christian University strives to uphold its values of academic achievement, personal freedom and integrity while maintaining its heritage of inclusiveness, responsible citizenship and service. TCU believes that every community member should be treated with dignity as well as respect. Actions or comments that may be perceived as offending these values hinder our scholarly community in its striving for knowledge, enlightenment, in addition to the full realization of each individual’s potential. Actions or comments that express or imply a bias against any group within our community—whether that group is singled out by its race, color, religion, gender, nationality or any other classification—are not acceptable on the TCU campus; additionally, such behaviors require a response.
A Campus Community Response Team (CCRT) has been established to advise the Chief Inclusion Officer on allegations of bias-related incidents that may impact the TCU community. TCU’s mission to educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community involves the commitment and guidance of the entire TCU populace. TCU encourages any member of our campus community who has witnessed, or been the target of, a bias-related incident to report that incident.
What is a bias incident?
A bias incident is an act or behavior motivated by the offender’s bias against another’s identity which may include, but is not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, immigration status, age, disability, genetic information or covered veteran status. Bias occurs whether the act is intentional or unintentional, may be directed toward an individual or group and may by initiated by an individual or group. Bias may contribute to creating an unsafe or unwelcoming environment.
Campus Community Response Team Mission
The Campus Community Response Team is a group of staff, faculty and students who will manage the review and response of bias incidents involving TCU students. The CCRT is committed to providing support and a safe space for anyone who is a target of bias.
The Response Team will:
Review reported bias incidents and make recommendations for educational response or refer to appropriate office.
Serve as a resource to students, staff, and faculty who may have experienced or witnessed bias incidents and want to voice their experience.
Reporting a Bias
Reports can be submitted online and will be received by the Chief Inclusion Officer.
What happens to my report?
The reporting person will be contacted and if desired, offered a meeting to discuss the incident in detail and explore a plan for resolution.
The Chief Inclusion Officer will review and determine where incidents may be referred to:
Chief Inclusion Office & Title IX Coordinator
Campus Community Response Team
Office of Campus Life
The University advises anyone that has experienced or witnessed a bias incident to report it.
Reports of unlawful discrimination or harassment alleging that a TCU staff or faculty member has violated university policy against another TCU employee may be referred to Human Resources for consideration and resolution appropriate to employment procedures.
Reports of unlawful discrimination or harassment alleging that a TCU staff or faculty member has violated university policy against another TCU employee may be referred to Human Resource for consideration and resolution appropriate to employment procedures.
Reports of a hate crime—a crime motivated by racial, sexual or other prejudice and typically involving violence—may be referred to TCU Police, Office of Campus Life or Chief Inclusion Officer.
Referral to the CCRT Team is appropriate even when the person(s) believed to have committed the act or acts in question cannot be identified.
The Campus Community Response Team is part of the investigation of a bias incident but does not participate in any disciplinary proceeding or impose sanctions on the disciplinary process. CCRT works within existing University rules and policies. All incidents will be referred to as already existing bodies for action. All members will meet each semester for discussion and training.
What is the “I am a CULTURE, NOT a COSTUME” campaign:
This campaign endeavors to raise awareness on college campus communities regarding the
issue of cultural appropriation. The issue of cultural appropriation is a constant one but it
sometimes heightens around certain celebrations that involves a costume selection.
Sometimes an individual does not intend to cause harm or offense with their costume
selection, however, one that culturally appropriates another group of individuals has the
potential to do so. Therefore, the intent of this campaign is to help promote inclusive
excellence on college campuses committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
What is CULTURAL APPROPRIATION?
Cultural appropriation is defined as the taking– from a culture that is not one’s own– of
intellectual property, cultural expressions or artifacts, history and ways of knowledge (Ziff &
Rao, 1997). This can happen and has happened in a variety of forms in our society, but
often around Halloween, it involves wearing ‘costumes’ that rely on and utilizes different
artifacts of cultural significance to a particular group in our society.
Why is it an issue?
– Cultural appropriation does not promote inclusion
– Cultural appropriation disrespects and dehumanizes a culture and individuals of
What can you do to help prevent Cultural Appropriation during Halloween Celebrations:
1) Think before you dress. (Try to choose your costume wisely.)
2) Call it like you see it. (Try to safely let people know that you do not approve of
3) Understand it. (Try to learn more about this issue and other cultures.)
LEARN MORE on these websites:
EVALUATE YOUR COSTUME CHOICE HERE:
WATCH THESE VIDEOS if you want to learn more:
Sponsored by the TCU Campus Community Response Team.