IUPUI Chancellor Vows To Improve Diversity at IUPUI
After listening to students, faculty, staff and members of the community talk about their experiences at IUPUI for a total of seven hours on Monday and Tuesday, November 13 and November 14, Bantz said, “We heard reports of hostile behavior and discrimination at IUPUI.”
“We are committed to a safe, civil, hospitable environment for all students, faculty and staff,” he vowed. “The campus will not tolerate anyone's being disrespectful of, or threatening to, another person.”
IUPUI students, faculty and staff who feel they have experienced discrimination are encouraged to contact Affirmative Action Director Lillian Charleston at (317) 274-2306, he said. “Each report will be fully investigated.”
“Anyone with a complaint should feel free to come forward without fear of retribution,” Bantz said.
Bantz cited action steps the campus will take:
Bantz said he is committed to meeting early next week with three leaders of a student initiative who championed the call for action to improve diversity at IUPUI.
The campus, however, will not rush to meet a deadline set by the students to respond to their requests by 5 p.m. today. “These issues are too important to IUPUI to be treated in haste.”
“We will take whatever time it takes to work through these issues,” he said.
More information and documents can be found in the planning section of the IUPUI Diversity pages at http://www.iupui.edu/diversity/planning/