Campus Climate Intervention Team
A Message from the President
Intolerance and bigotry on college and university campuses continues to be a matter
of great concern. As President, I reject and condemn these acts and call upon our
entire University to do the same. We are a community of scholars dedicated to the
exploration of knowledge and the pursuit of truth. There is no place here for destructive
forces such as racism, sexism, homophobia, and anti-Semitism. I ask all of you to
join me in our effort to make West Chester University a community that embraces diversity.
To be less is unacceptable.
Dr. Greg Weisenstein
President, West Chester University
About The Campus Climate Intervention Team
The Campus Climate Intervention Team (CCIT)was established in the fall of 1991 to foster an institution-wide climate free from
acts of intolerance and to establish protocol for responding to and monitoring acts
of intolerance should they occur.
Acts of intolerance are behaviors that are threatening, intimidating, or offensive
and are motivated by bias toward a person or group of people based on their gender,
race, color, religion, national origin, and/or sexual orientation. Unfortunately,
we do have some reported incidents each year. It's also likely that a few more are
not reported. While we don't have many, we are determined to eliminate every act of
intolerance that we can. To do that, we need the help of every person on this campus,
including students, faculty, and staff.
The University provides support, including counseling, if necessary, and help in coping
with any problems that result. Members of the CCIT can also eliminate the red tape
that often frustrates victims.
Alleged perpetrators involved in the act of intolerance or intimidation may be adjudicated
according to the University's Student Code of Conduct and may be subject to disciplinary
action, if found guilty of violating the Code of Conduct, ranging from a disciplinary
reprimand to suspension and expulsion from the University.
Moreover, Pennsylvania has an Ethnic Intimidation Act and an Institutional Vandalism
Act. The Ethnic Intimidation Act provides for criminal liability when certain crimes
are committed with malicious intention toward the race, color, religion, or national
origin of an individual or group, a charge can be added to that of the original crime.
This means the person found guilty of a violation of the Ethnic Intimidation Act can
also face criminal penalties that can include fines or even possibly a term of incarceration.
- Do not confront the person you think committed the act.
- If you have reason to be concerned for your personal safety or the safety of others,
call Public Safety immediately at extension 3311.
- Tell someone you trust - a professor, a staff member, a resident assistant. Anyone
who works for the University can find out how to reach the CCIT.
- If the act occurred in a residence hall, contact your resident assistant (RA). If
an RA cannot be located, ask the person at the resident hall's front desk to contact
the hall director or resident director on call to inform one of them of the situation.
When speaking with the desk assistant, you must specify that an act of intolerance
or intimidation has occurred and provide that person with details of the situation.
- If there is physical evidence of an act of intolerance, such as graffiti, photographs,
or other materials, do not disturb the scene or remove/destroy such physical evidence.
Evidence may include electronic communications to a phone, computer or other electronic
device which should be saved and/or printed. Public Safety officers may have a chance
of finding whoever committed the act only if they can gather evidence.
- After speaking with you, the resident assistant informs his/her supervisor that an
act of intolerance or intimidation has occurred.
- After an initial telephone call to the Department of Public Safety, officers are dispatched
to the scene to gather evidence and begin an investigation. A special police investigator
in the Department of Public Safety, who investigates threats and acts of intolerance
even in the absence of a crime, will follow up with victims to ensure they understand
the services available to them and to update them on the investigation when appropriate.
- The officers may ask you to provide the message board or other physical objects for
evidence purposes. When this item is no longer needed, the officers will tell you
when you may erase or remove the contents.
- The hall director meets with you to learn the specifics of the incident and gain a
better understanding of your personal feelings, reactions, and wishes. Per your request,
University staff such as the Counseling Center and/or other relevant University personnel
are contacted to provide additional assistance.
- After gathering all pertinent information from you, the hall director and resident
assistant provide a detailed summary to the central Office of Residence Life and Housing
Services and to the CCIT.
- After the University police conclude their investigation, the Residence Life and Housing
Services staff contacts the Facilities Division, if necessary, to make repairs, paint,
or remove unwanted graffiti.
- Taking into account your personal feelings, reactions, and wishes, the Residence Life
and Housing Services staff may implement activities in response to the act of intolerance
or intimidation. These activities may include, but are not limited to, a floor or
hall meeting, educational programming, a letter from the hall director to the floor/hall
addressing the situation, or a similar communication.
Other University personnel who also can assist you:
Join or support groups such as Latin American Student Organization (LASO), the Black
Student Union (BSU), or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Ally
Services (LGBTQA), whose members work to educate, dispel myths, and sensitize the
University community to the value of our differences. Become involved with offices
such as the Office of Multicultural Affairs. You can help to create a better community
for all of us.
- Prevention:recommend initiatives that support a positive University climate.
- Communication:communicate to the campus the University's commitment to diversity, tolerance, and
- Anticipation:identify issues and indicators that may give rise to intolerance.
- Response:immediate implementation of specific procedures to ease tension and assist those subjected
- Management:recommended steps to be taken after each incident to restore and maintain an amicable
- Academic Affairs Council Representative, Dr. Hyoejin Yoon
- Counseling Center Representative, Dr. Julie Perone
- Executive Deputy to the President, Mr. John Villella (Chairperson)
- Faculty Representative, Dr. Eli DeHope, Dr. Tammy James
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Ally Services Coordinator,
Ms. Aneesah Smith
- Multicultural Affairs Director, Mr. Jerome (Skip) Hutson
- Public Relations Director, Ms. Pam Sheridan
- Public Safety Director, Mr. Michael Bicking
- Public Safety Special Investigator, Mr. James Kalavik
- Residence Life Director, Ms. Marion C. McKinney
- Student Government Association Senator for Multicultural Affairs Student Representative,
Ms. Angelica Rivera-Ortiz
- AFSCME Representative, TBA
- Social Equity Director, Ms. Lynn Klingensmith
- Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Matthew Bricketto
- Women's Center Director, Ms. Alicia Hahn-Murphy
Do you have any suggestions?
The CCIT welcomes your suggestions. Please contact the Office of the Executive Deputy
to the President at ext. 3111 or the Office of Social Equity at ext. 2433.
Published by West Chester University, Office of Social Equity. Revised Spring 2015.