Hateful Behavior, University Policies, and Resources on Campus

Several anonymous posts have recently been submitted to this blog with troubling concerns about hateful treatment and language. I do not know and cannot respond to the unknown author’s specific experiences.  However, I think it provides an opportunity to acknowledge the ideals for which we strive as well as the avenues of support, healing, and reconciliation when we fall short.

As stated in the student handbook, du Lac: A Guide to Student Life:

“In keeping with Catholic tradition, we seek to create a community that honors the human dignity of each member and that is characterized by a love of truth, active care and concern for the common good, and service toward others.” (http://studenthandbook.nd.edu/community-standards/)

duLac explicitly delineates that some “actions and behaviors are clearly inconsistent with the University’s expectations for membership in this community,” including:

  • Abusive or harassing behavior, including unwelcome communication
  • Behavior which causes a serious disturbance of the University community or infringes upon the rights and well-being of others
  • Willful damage to the reputation or psychological well­-being of another

(http://studenthandbook.nd.edu/community-standards/standards/)

The 2012 document, Beloved Friends and Allies, further specifies:

The University affirms the Church’s position that persons who identify as gay or lesbian “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided” (CCC, 2358). (http://grc.nd.edu/lgbtq-allies/beloved-friends-and-allies-pastoral-plan/)

If you or someone you know has experienced discrimination, harassment, or assault, please know that help is available.  There are many resources on campus to assist you which include, but are not limited to:

If you have witnessed or been the target of hateful speech or behavior, please contact one of these organizations – not only to provide you with needed support, but to help create a world free of such violence and intolerance.

What’s living on campus like?

QUESTION:

What is on-campus living like for graduate students? Is it similar to undergraduate on-campus resident life?

 

SALMON SAYS:

Notre Dame has four facilities comprising two residential communities for graduate and professional students. (http://housing.nd.edu/graduate/)

While both communities strive to provide the same strong sense of connection and support experienced in our undergrad halls, and are held to the same standards of conduct, living on-campus as a post-baccalaureate student is very different than as an undergrad.  Here are some of the key differences:

  • Students live in individual apartments & townhouses, not dormitories, which allows for greater independence and autonomy.
  • Evening quiet hours are observed all year long to provide an environment conducive to scholarly success.
  • Registered guests may stay with you, with written permission of all roommates.
  • You get to park right outside your front door!

If you would like more information about living on campus, please be in touch directly with hall staff:

Nhat Nguyen, Rector, Fischer O’Hara-Grace (nnguyen3@nd.edu)
Nathan Elliot, Rector, University Village (nelliot1@nd.edu)