Bias Incident

Members of the Cornell Community,

Last night there was an incident that resulted in a report of targeted personal harassment directed towards a group of Latinx (Latina/Latino) Cornell College students by a group of other students.  Both Campus Safety and local law enforcement responded to the incident.  Immediately, we began an investigation that will include getting details from the students involved.

Direct threats and targeted harassment and intimidation of students are not tolerated by the Cornell College community.  The college takes reports of incidents very seriously.

Students found responsible for harassment and intimidation, or other violations of the Compass, will be held fully accountable for their behavior.  We are also working with law enforcement as they investigate this incident.

On behalf of the college community, I am deeply disappointed with any acts of personal harassment or intimidation of members of our community.  Our campus values the dignity and worth of each individual.  We are a campus strengthened by the diversity each member brings.  We all have a responsibility to be active participants in a welcoming learning community and I challenge each of us to step up to that responsibility.

If you are a student in need of support, please reach out to Gwen Schimek, Rev. Catherine Quehl-Engel, Mark Winder, or other faculty and staff members.  Please watch your email for more information about a gathering to demonstrate our support for each other.

In the spirit of community,

John