University of Missouri

46-8: A Resolution to Implement a Bias Incident Reporting System as Part of a Renewed MU Hate Report

PURPOSE: To charge MSA with the creation and maintenance of a Bias Incident Reporting System.

WHEREAS, From September 1996-99 Marcia Chatelain and Women’s Center advisor Martha Pickens, and members of the Triangle Coalition commissioned the MU Hate Report, and

WHEREAS, The MU Hate Report collected the Hate Report Research Committee’s records of graffiti on stalls and desks and personal reports by Hate Speech Collection Teams, and

WHEREAS, The MU Hate Report was not continued after Chatelain graduated in 1999, and

WHEREAS, The MU Campus Climate Study shows 10.5% of its participants reported being victims of hate incidents on campus based on the victims gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, and other biases, while the MU Police Department does not record these incidents, and

WHEREAS, The MU Campus Climate Study shows 2.4% of its participants reported being victims of hate crimes on campus based on the victims gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, and other biases, while the MU Campus Safety and Crime Report shows zero reports of hate crime for the years 2001-2005, with the exception of 2004 where 3 incidents were reported, and

WHEREAS, The MU Campus Safety and Crime Report shows significantly lower reports of sexual assault than the averages of those similarly situated schools in the nation, as well as the Big 12 Conference, and

WHEREAS, The MU Campus Climate Study Researchers have found that underrepresented groups perceive the campus environment as being less positive in all cases than members of the majority, and

WHEREAS, The MU M-Book offers no procedure for reporting rape and sexual assault that does not advise the use of an evidentiary rape exam that may prove to be too traumatic for the survivor endure, and

WHEREAS, The Women’s Center, Rape Education Office, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center have expressed interest in renewing the MU Hate Report, and

WHEREAS, MSA President John Andersen has requested a Senate opinion on possible renewal of the report.

THEREFORE, Be it enacted by the Missouri Students Association Senate that the MSA Executive Branch creates a Bias Incident Reporting System to mediate the climatic feelings of the campus with official police reports pertaining to sexual offenses, harassment, hate crimes, and bias related incidents.

EXECUTION CLAUSE: Upon passage, MSA will create and maintain records of Micro-Aggressions, Harassment, Sexual Assaults, Hate Crimes, Hate Incidents, and Violations of MU Policy in conjunction with the Women’s Center and Rape Education Office. This will coincide with the renewal of the MU Hate Report as a joint project by MSA, the Women’s Center, and the Rape Education Office.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jonathan Mays
Operations Chair

Kelley Robinson
Special Assistant for Diversity Affairs

Sameera Ali
Multicultural Issues Chair