Community Alliance and Resource Team

Community Alliance and Resource Team

The Community Alliance and Resource Team (CART) supports the Hanover College community (students, faculty, and staff) who witness or experience acts of discrimination or harassment based on sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, race, religion or disability. Team members are committed to working confidentially as allies with individuals or groups as they process, evaluate, mediate, and respond to incidents of discrimination.

The Community Alliance and Resource Team also seeks to serve as a resource for the professional and cultural development of the Hanover College community. The team will work collaboratively with campus departments and student organizations to provide a) comprehensive and interactive diversity training sessions, b) safe zone training certification, c) intergroup dialogue and mediation sessions, and d) culturally inclusive programming.

Although the Community Alliance and Resource Team includes representation from Hanover College Title IX officials, reported incidents regarding sex or gender based discrimination shall be referred directly to the college’s Title IX officials. Click here for more information on Title IX reporting. Individuals interested in officially reporting an incident to the Hanover College Office of Human Resources should contact that office directly to begin formal reporting procedures. Click here to contact the Office of Human Resources.

What is a bias incident?
Bias is a pre-conceived, negative attitude about a person or group based on their sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, race, religion or disability.

  • Bias incidents are any actions committed against a person or group that are motivated, in whole or in part, by bias against the person's or group's sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, race, religion, or disability.
  • Hate crimes are criminal offenses committed against a person or group that are motivated, in whole or in part, by bias against the person's or group's sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, race, religion, or disability.

All hate crimes are bias incidents, but not all bias incidents are hate crimes. Examples of bias incidents that fall short of hate crimes:

  • Comments that express harmful stereotypes about the above categories, e.g., racial jokes.
  • Graffiti on a dorm room white board that expresses bias against the above categories, e.g., sexist or racist language or images. (Note: If the graffiti constitutes criminal vandalism or property damage, it can constitute a hate crime.)
  • T-shirts with language and imagery that objectify women, propagate hatred to specific groups, or display imagery associated with or symbolic of hate groups.
  • Students promoting or hosting special events centering on the discrimination or marginalization of others.

What does CART do?
The team operates on the basis of the Hanover College Principles to promote understanding, respect, civility and education.

  1. The team assists members of the Hanover College Community who report bias incidents. Our primary function is to support students, faculty, and staff who witness or experience bias incidents. We support them by listening to their accounts of their experiences and discussing resources and both formal and informal options for moving forward. These reports are completely confidential, unless they involve felonies, the threat of violence, or Title IX violations, in which case we will report them to Security and/or the Hanover College Title IX officials. The individual who reports the incident is in charge of the process, and the team will not take any action that is not authorized by the reporter. Individuals may make reports whether or not they want to take action.
  2. The team serves as a resource for the professional and cultural development of the Hanover College community. The team offers comprehensive and interactive diversity training sessions, safe zone training certification, intergroup dialogue and mediation sessions, culturally inclusive programming.
  3. The team keeps annual statistical records of bias incidents on campus. At the end of each year we compile an anonymized statistical summary of the reports received during the year. We do not reveal information that would compromise our confidentiality policy. The goal in these efforts is to keep the college’s leadership abreast of the cultural climate of the campus and to guide cultural programming in effort to address the specific needs of the institution.

What CART is not.

  1. CART is not a judicial body. The team does not decide guilt or innocence and do not mete out punishment.
  2. CART is not an investigative team. Team members don't go on fact-finding missions. We take reports about bias incidents and, if the individual wants to, we discuss options for how the individual might move forward. If the individual opts to file a formal grievance and initiate campus judicial proceedings, then an investigation will be carried out through that process, which is overseen by the Rules Application Committee (RAC), not CART. For more, see the Student Harassment Policy.
  3. CART is not a crisis response team. Anyone in a dangerous situation (e.g., a violent or potentially violent situation) needs to contact Security immediately. If the situation involves a bias incident, we can take a report at a later time.
  4. CART is not the thought police or speech police. We don't tell people what to think or how to talk. We do support the individual’s ability to feel safe, at home, and welcome in our community is frustrated by the prejudicial behavior of those around them.

Contact us at cart@hanover.edu