International Student Concerns

Below, find the concerns and recommendations presented by International students and signed by Chancellor Syverud on Nov. 21, 2019. For each concern, the lead responsible party has been identified as well as the University's response and progress.

 

1. "Any student or faculty member involved in racial discrimination against others should receive a severe punishment-dismissal."

"Revise the current Anti-Harassment policy to a zero-tolerance level for all hate speeches. Consequences for these offenses should be listed, as done for other infractions in the student handbook."

Lead Responsible Party
Marianne Thomson, Associate Vice President, Student Experience and Dean of Students

Response
We agree that revisions to the Student Code of Conduct are appropriate to make even more clear the serious consequences for hate speech. We believe the current code of conduct already permits the punishment discussed, and both the text and communication about the code need to be improved. Current policies governing faculty, including the Faculty Handbook, already provide serious consequences for racial discrimination.

Revisions to the Student Code of Conduct will commence immediately and will be fully implemented no later than August 2020.

Progress
In Progress


2. "Add a test focus on anti-racism in the EVERFI module start next semester."

"The administration will identify a liaison who directly works between communications and international students rather than just having communications with student organizations. The school should allocate more funding to create more opportunities, including for first year domestic students to enhance domestic students international understanding and appreciation of other cultures."

Lead Responsible Party
Michele Wheatly, Provost

Response
The Provost agrees to this recommendation for the Fall 2020 SEM 1OO course. SEM 1OO was always intended to be a short term initiative, to be replaced in 2021 with a more comprehensive diversity and inclusion curriculum reform. The University acknowledges that the Fall 2020 SEM 1OO course needs to fix the deficiencies of the Fall 2019 SEM 1OO course. We will work to achieve that for 2020, investing more resources in pursuit of better learning outcomes. The Provost will include a diverse group of students and faculty in leading this work.

With regard to the more comprehensive diversity and inclusion reform, the existing senate ad hoc committees will increase their work with students and faculty to develop a robust and comprehensive set of credit­ bearing, required courses to meet these learning objectives. The Provost calls upon schools and colleges and the University Senate—the bodies that control curriculum changes—to work constructively and proactively on this and quickly pass these reforms when they are fully developed.

Progress
In Progress


3. "School dining hall should provide more food for Minority"

Lead Responsible Party
Jennifer Uryniak, Interim Director, Auxiliary Services

Response
We will facilitate the appropriate student representatives to meet with Food Services promptly.

Progress
In Progress


4. "Add more security facilities, such as adding a camera to public places such as the first floor of the dormitory."

Lead Responsible Party
Tony Callisto, SVP Campus Safety and Chief Law Enforcement Officer

Response
We agree. We commit to immediately working with security experts to effectively deploy additional cameras and other measures to afford additional security.

Progress
In Progress


5. Hire more multilingual RAs and increase diversity training for all RAs.

Lead Responsible Party
Marianne Thomson, Associate Vice President, Student Experience and Dean of Students

Response
We will take additional steps to recruit and train more international and multilingual Resident Advisors. 55 percent of current RAs identify as students of color.

Progress
In Progress


6. "Set up Minority scholarship to allow scholarships for international students with outstanding academic performance, social practice, or other excellent abilities."

Lead Responsible Party
Dolan Evanovich, SVP of Enrollment and the Student Experience

Response
We agree to enhance financial aid for outstanding international students. The Chancellor will work to include financial aid for all students, including international students, as a priority in the University's $1.5 billion Forever Orange campaign.

Progress
In Progress


7. "Hire more counselors to represent all marginalized identities on campus."

"Prioritize the mental health of marginalized communities on campus (consistently and particularly during racially-charged incidents) and expand the presence of counselors of color at the Barnes Center at the Arch, as well as diversifying the faculty and staff within each college."

Lead Responsible Party
Rob Hradsky, Vice President for the Student Experience

Response
The University has now opened four additional counselor positions (and has hired four counselors in the past year who self-identify as people of color). Three of our existing counselors speak multiple languages.

For the open positions, the University agrees to be attentive to experience and training in mental health issues of marginalized communities. They will be hired before the Fall 2020 semester begins. New and current counselors will attend, as is currently the practice, at least five on-campus events and trainings on diversity and inclusion each year. The University will carefully work to identify appropriate enhancements to diversity and inclusion training for counselors.

The University's faculty hiring plan will continue to include emphasis on enhancing diversity.

Progress
In Progress


8. "Provide an online reporting system with the ability to upload photos and documents anonymously."

Lead Responsible Party
Tony Callisto, SVP Campus Safety and Chief Law Enforcement Officer

Response
The University agrees and now provides this. An anonymous online system for such reporting, including the photo load feature, exists on the DPS website as "Silent Witness" through EthicsPoint.

The STOP Bias reporting tool is also available.

Progress
Resolved