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How to Create an Inclusive Campus

Check Your own Bias

Recognize we all have biases that affect the way we view the world and interact with others. Think about your own biases so you can keep them in check and prevent them from negatively impacting your relationships.

Understand Free Speech

USU is committed to protecting everyone’s First Amendment rights. All Aggies have the right to express their ideas and opinions regardless of their content, even if that expression may be intended to insult or offend. Free speech does not protect acts of violence or threats of harm directed at specific individuals. There is also no First Amendment right to shout down a speaker you don’t agree with.

Speak Up

Aggies value inclusion. USU is a place that welcomes and embraces diversity in race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Use your First Amendment right to express your support for all Aggies.

Organize

Host events with inclusive themes. Educate other Aggies with accurate information. Draw attention from hate by emphasizing inclusion and the benefits of diversity.

Support Other Aggies

Hate speech may be constitutionally protected, but it can still be emotionally harmful. Look out for those who are affected by hurtful speech. Use your own free speech right to call out speech that harms others. Reach out to those who are harmed and show your support, and when needed, refer them to campus resources.

Seek Help for a Bias Incident

The line between protected speech and unprotected speech can be confusing. The USU Bias Incident Response Team is a non-investigatory committee comprised of staff, faculty, and administrators who have been charged with providing support resources and services as well as options for reporting a potential discriminatory incident to the university. When the reported incident has an effect on the entire campus community, the committee collaborates with campus partners to help develop and implement opportunities for broader community support, healing, and learning.

If you ever feel you are in immediate danger from the acts of another, always call 911.

Engage Thoughtfully

Consider your own safety before engaging in direct confrontation with potentially violent groups or individuals. Take the same precautions when engaging on social media. If your social media posts draw personal attacks, consider ignoring them, but always report personal threats to your safety to the police.