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What are Campus Climate Concerns?

A Campus Climate Concern is defined as any action or incident, either intentional or unintentional, that may discriminate against, stereotype, exclude, or harm anyone in our community. Concerns may stem from fear, misunderstanding, hatred, or bias, and may affect one’s ability to learn and thrive on campus.

This includes incidents that occur on campus or within an area that impacts the campus community, and are directed at a member or a group within the UT community due to that individual’s or group’s actual or perceived characteristics or statuses, which can include: age, race, ethnicity, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, immigration or citizenship status, marital status, national origin, veteran status, religion and/or religious practice, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, weight, political affiliation, ideology, viewpoint, medical condition, mental health, or any combination of these or similar factors.

Examples of Campus Climate Concerns

Examples of climate concerns include, but are not limited to:

  • Defacement and vandalism
  • Coercion or Intimidation
  • Conscious exclusion or bullying
  • Racial epithets written on someone’s dry-erase board
  • Racially themed parties
  • Bigotry
  • Using racial, ethnic, or other slur in a joke to refer to or identify someone
  • Threats, destruction of personal property, harassment, or threatening telephone calls or electronic mail
  • Ridiculing a person’s language or accent
  • Insulting a person’s traditional; manner of dress
  • Stalking
  • Hate messages and symbols
  • Language and imagery objectifying women
  • Verbal, physical, or online harassment (e.g. text, social media)
  • Damage to property via written slur, graffiti, or hate symbol

Please visit the Hilltopics website to learn more about the violations of our university’s Student Code of Conduct.