Inclusive Campus Support: Fall 2021 Semester Summary

Inclusive Campus Support

As part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE), Inclusive Campus Support provides an online anonymous mechanism for university community members to share their campus climate experiences that are helpful and/or concerning. Peer support is provided through consult without referral (unless required by law such as Title IX) and through sharing university/community resources. Categorized general information regarding submitted experiences is shared with the university community to expand transparency and to inform education and practices for development of a more inclusive campus climate.

Background

Inclusive Campus Support was developed after a process undertaken by the DDCE in seeking alternative ways to foster discourse about campus climate issues, following the discontinuation of the Campus Climate Response Team (CCRT) on December 22, 2020 as a result of a lawsuit settlement agreement. Recommendations were provided after analysis of themes that emerged from survey data and data from focus groups and conversations with students, staff, faculty, and community members. The planning team and working group recognized a gap that resulted from the discontinuation of the CCRT and the prevailing need for the university community to be able to share their campus climate experiences with a university entity, separate from existing employee or student issue-specific offices, as well as the need for educational information about university policies and support resources, transparency in communication about positive and negative campus climate experiences, and focus on providing a system of care without referral (unless required by law such as Title IX, etc.), investigation, adjudication, or discipline.

Campus Climate Experiences and Data Collection

Campus climate experiences can be submitted at any time through an anonymous online form. A “campus climate experience” can be any situation associated with UT-Austin that occurs and impacts a member of the university community – students, staff, faculty, alumni, or visitors. An experience may be something that an individual finds concerning, making the campus climate less inclusive or something that an individual finds helpful, making the campus climate more inclusive. Some examples (but not limited to):

  • an interpersonal interaction in a class or program, on campus, or online;
  • written communications such as a comment, email, flyer, or graffiti; or
  • something that physically or otherwise enables or hinders access to the university.

Experiences may be submitted by various individuals, including (but not limited to): a person directly impacted, an individual who witnesses something experienced by another, or any third party who was informed of something experienced by another but was not present at the time of its occurrence.

A separate online form can be submitted to request counsel/support regarding a campus climate experience. Individuals can provide contact information using this form to be contacted by a staff member from Inclusive Campus Support who can assist with questions regarding campus climate experiences and can provide support including information about university/community resources. Once a request for consult form is submitted online, Inclusive Campus Support staff members will follow intake procedures to contact the individual who submitted the form within two business days. No identifiable information will be shared. Inclusive Campus Support does not refer (unless required by law), investigate, or discipline, but provides consult, peer support, educational materials and information about campus resources.

Inclusive Campus Support publishes a general categorized report based on the experience form submissions, available on its website. No identifiable information is shared. The purpose of this report is to increase transparency and to inform practices for the development of an inclusive campus climate. The data collected on the online experience form is as follows:

1.) What kind of campus climate experience are you sharing?*

Note: A “campus climate experience” can be any situation associated with UT-Austin that occurs and impacts a member of the university community. An experience may be something that an individual finds helpful, making the campus climate more inclusive or something that an individual finds concerning, making the campus climate less inclusive.

  • Experience that was helpful
  • Experience that was concerning

2.) What is your affiliation with UT-Austin?*

(Select all that apply)

  • Alum
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Student
  • Austin Community
  • Other

3.) Please select the option(s) that best describes the type of campus climate experience you are sharing.*

(Select all that apply)

  • Written Comment
  • Social Media Post/Comment
  • Website Post/Comment
  • Email Message
  • Poster/Flyer
  • Vandalism/Graffiti
  • Vandalism/Destruction of Property
  • Verbal Comment
  • Presentation
  • Physical Assault
  • Accessibility
  • Other

4.) From your perspective, if identity is related to your campus climate experience, please select the option(s) for applicable identity categories*

(select all that apply)

  • Age
  • Citizenship
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Gender Expression
  • Gender Identity
  • National Origin
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Socioeconomic Class
  • Veteran Status
  • Political Affiliation
  • Viewpoint
  • Unsure / Do Not Know
  • None
  • Other

5.) Location where campus climate experience occurred.*

(select one)

  • Off Campus
  • On Campus
  • Online

6.) Approximate date campus climate experience occurred*

Overview of Submitted Experiences

During the fall 2021semester (October-December), several requests for counsel were submitted via online forms and through email by students, staff, and faculty. Peer-support was provided by individual consult and sharing relevant university information and resources. Inclusive Campus Support also received 21 campus climate experience forms.

  • Almost all of the campus climate experience forms were submitted during the month of October 2021, reflecting experiences that occurred mostly in 2021 (71%); in 2020 (15%); and prior to 2020 (14%).
  • Most (86%) of the campus climate experiences were “concerning” (vs. “helpful”).
  • 67% were submitted by students; 19% by faculty; 19% by staff (note: more than one option can be selected).
  • One-third of the experiences involved a verbal comment, one-third related to something “other” than the options provided; 24% involved a written comment; 19% involved a presentation (note: more than one option can be selected).
  • Almost half of the experiences were based on race/ethnicity (48%); 38% political affiliation; 29% national origin; 29% viewpoint; 19% gender identity; 14% sexual orientation; 14% disability (note: more than one option can be selected).
  • Most (86%) of the campus climate experiences occurred on campus, with 9% occurring off campus and 5% occurring online.

The following table reflects information from campus climate experience forms received by Inclusive Campus Support. This information is shared in an effort to provide transparency regarding campus climate experiences impacting the university community.

Created Kind of campus climate experience Affiliation with UT-Austin Type of campus climate experience Option(s) for identity category Location Date of Experience
12/14/21 12:05 PM Experience that was concerning Student Social Media Post/Comment Other
Unsure / Do Not Know
Off Campus 12/13/21
10/29/21 3:30 PM Experience that was concerning Alum Other
Written Comment
National Origin
Political Affiliation
Race/Ethnicity
On Campus 10/15/20
10/29/21 3:29 PM Experience that was concerning Alum Other National Origin
Race/Ethnicity
On Campus 10/15/20
10/25/21 10:32 PM Experience that was concerning Student Verbal Comment Other
Political Affiliation
Viewpoint
On Campus 10/08/21
10/25/21 10:31 PM Experience that was helpful Student Other National Origin
Race/Ethnicity
On Campus 10/20/21
10/25/21 10:30 PM Experience that was concerning Student Verbal Comment Gender
Gender Identity
Sexual Orientation
Viewpoint
On Campus 10/13/21
10/21/21 8:15 PM Experience that was concerning Student Accessibility
Other
Presentation
Verbal Comment
Citizenship
National Origin
Race/Ethnicity
On Campus 02/13/18
10/21/21 5:08 PM Experience that was concerning Student Poster/Flyer
Vandalism/Destruction of Property
Verbal Comment
Political Affiliation
Viewpoint
On Campus 10/19/21
10/20/21 6:06 PM Experience that was concerning Student Written Comment Other On Campus 10/14/21
10/12/21 1:53 PM Experience that was concerning Student Vandalism/Graffiti
Written Comment
Gender
Gender Expression
Gender Identity
National Origin
Political Affiliation
Race/Ethnicity
Sexual Orientation
On Campus 10/12/21
10/09/21 10:14 PM Experience that was concerning Faculty
Other
Other
Written Comment
Race/Ethnicity
Sexual Orientation
On Campus 09/15/21
10/09/21 8:32 PM Experience that was concerning Faculty Written Comment Race/Ethnicity On Campus 10/08/21
10/06/21 7:35 PM Experience that was concerning Student Other Gender
Gender Expression
Gender Identity
On Campus 11/30/17
10/05/21 1:03 PM Experience that was helpful Student Email Message
Physical Assault
Presentation
Social Media Post/Comment
Vandalism/Destruction of Property
Vandalism/Graffiti
Written Comment
Disability
Gender
Gender Expression
Political Affiliation
Race/Ethnicity
Religion
Unsure / Do Not Know
On Campus 12/16/20
10/05/21 12:55 PM Experience that was helpful Alum
Faculty
Staff
Other Age
Citizenship
Disability
Other
Off Campus 09/28/21
10/05/21 12:54 PM Experience that was concerning Staff Presentation Political Affiliation
Race/Ethnicity
Religion
Veteran Status
Viewpoint
On Campus 07/14/21
10/05/21 12:52 PM Experience that was concerning Student Verbal Comment Unsure / Do Not Know On Campus 05/01/19
10/05/21 12:51 PM Experience that was concerning Staff Verbal Comment Disability On Campus 06/18/21
10/05/21 11:38 AM Experience that was concerning Austin Community
Faculty
Staff
Student
Written Comment Gender Identity
Political Affiliation
Viewpoint
On Campus 01/20/21
10/05/21 11:24 AM Experience that was concerning Student Email Message Political Affiliation
Viewpoint
Online 10/05/21
10/05/21 11:19 AM Experience that was concerning Student Presentation
Verbal Comment
Citizenship
National Origin
Race/Ethnicity
On Campus 09/08/21