ERIC Number: ED382131
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Fair and Open Environment? Bigotry and Violence on College Campuses in California. A Summary Report.
California State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
This is a summary report of a community forum conducted in Berkeley, California on July 18, 1989 on occurrences of bigotry and violence on college campuses in California. Twenty-five representatives of community groups, universities, federal agencies, and community organizations appeared to present their perspectives. Observations on campus climate included description of incidents, their type and frequency; comments on diversity and changes in the demographics of the student body over the past 20 years; discussion of admissions policies and their impact on campus life; description of programs to combat bigotry; and discussion of faculty diversity and affirmative action, institutional efforts to increase diversity, and controversies and policies attached to those efforts. A summary notes that: (1) some believe that a lack of planning for student diversity was the basis for the campus incidents of the 1980s; (2) negative attitudes about minority students may permeate administrative, staff, and faculty reactions to incidents; (3) the walls of academia have not been able to shelter students from the general attitudes and discriminatory practices of the world at large; (4) enforcement of codes of conduct, policies on racial and sexual harassment, and the creation of campus positions to deal with such issues may be mechanisms to combat the increase; and (5) combating these incidents takes the concerted effort of all segments of the university community. (JB)
Descriptors: Administrators, Affirmative Action, Campuses, Civil Rights, College Administration, College Admission, College Environment, College Faculty, College Students, Crime Prevention, Hate Crime, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Opinions, Public Colleges, Racial Relations, School Policy, Social Discrimination, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Violence
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
Identifiers: California; Diversity (Faculty); Diversity (Student)