According to government data, hate crimes on college campuses have increased 25% from 2015 – 2016. Hate groups have taken to recruiting members on college campuses – spreading messages of hate intended to provoke fear and division. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Fund for Leadership, Equity, Access and Diversity (LEAD) Fund partnered to conduct a study to better understand what is unfolding on college and university campuses. Through a survey of higher education equal opportunity professionals, and listening sessions on college campuses, this study has gained insight into the prevalence of hate and bias incidents on campus.
This toolkit is based on listening sessions on selected campuses in the Midwest and is designed to be an aid in meeting the challenge of maintaining a safe and welcoming environment for students, faculty, staff and the communities surrounding all of that nation’s institutions of higher education.
This report provides in depth information about listening sessions that were held on campuses and accompanying webinars. The report provides an overview of the themes including: “Who are the key players?” and “What Crisis Management Systems are involved?”
This report serves to document the results and findings of the Uncivil, Hate and Bias Incidents on Campus (UHBIOC) Survey conducted by the Fund for Leadership, Equity, Access and Diversity (LEAD Fund). This Survey is the third component of a project designed to examine and address hate and bias on college campuses.
Key findings include:
- Three out of four respondents indicated that one uncivil, hate or bias incident occurred at their institution during the last twenty-four months.
- Two thirds of respondents reported serial incidents, or more than one incident occurring within the last twenty-four months.
- Students are more likely than not to encounter an incident during the time they are matriculating at their institution.