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Improving Our Bias Incident Response

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) has begun revamping the current bias incident response protocols into a comprehensive Bias Incident Response Program. Some key components will include:

  1. Convening our Bias Response Team and other campus partners (e.g., Residential Life) to review and expand the existing protocol.
  2. Reviewing our current related processes of case management and developing educational models that better support individuals impacted by such incidents and help minimize their recurrence.
  3. Updating the incident-reporting platform to improve its usability and data collection.
  4. Adjusting Clark’s related policies in accordance with state and federal laws.
  5. Launching a campus-wide communications effort to promote widespread awareness of the new approach and how to file incident reports.

Policing and Campus Safety

The recent national protests have brought much-needed attention to police violence against Black people, as have representatives of BSU. We are proud of the Clark University Police Department (CUPD) and its professionalism and sensitivity to policing in the context of a college environment. We also are open to other models of campus policing that may best serve Clark, even as we continue to work with and improve our current model. Steps in these directions include:

  • We began a search for a new chief of CUPD earlier this summer to succeed Chief Steve Goulet, who has served Clark in this role for the past 31 years and is retiring next month. During this process, we will convey to candidates our deep interest in police leadership committed to understanding the felt experience of policing among underrepresented communities. In part with this important objective in mind, we have added a member of the Black Student Union (BSU) to the search committee.
  • We also will fill the chief of police position with someone who appreciates our openness to developing a different model of campus policing and security in the near future. Toward that end, we will explore other methods of providing campus safety and security  —including innovative approaches to campus safety at other colleges and universities across the country — and whether the traditional model of armed university police officers on regular patrol is best for Clark.
  • We will enhance anti-bias and de-escalation training for our current University police personnel.