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
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:
- Office of Institutional Equity
- Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention
- Office of Community Standards
- Gender Relations Center
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.