02 April 2010

After Gender Identity and Expression

A lot of work has been going on to try and get Gender Identity and Expression added to the Nondiscrimination Policy. And when I say a lot of work, I mean YEARS. This campaign for its addition also thought of the next big thing for discrimination policies (at least in my opinion) - Genetic Information. So, a lot of people are probably wondering what happens once Gender Identity and Expression and Genetic Information make it into the Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harrasment Policies at Purdue? Is the Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harrassment Policy then inclusive, good, and we can pack our bags and move onto other issues?

It would be nice if this were the case, but it is not. Purdue's discrimination reporting procedures are a mess. I have read them and I still have no idea what one should do (my basic suggestion would be to go to the Dean of Students [excluding the call to the police if it is violent, etc] and have them direct you to the right place because it is SUCH A HUGE MESS). It is embarrassing that reporting discrimination is so complicated. To give you an idea, if discrimination occurs student-to-student, you go one place - unless it occurred in the resident halls in which case you go to another (unless that person is not a resident). If it is staff-to-student you go to one place - unless... professor-to-student... staff-to-staff... co-worker-to-co-worker... yeah, just a mess.

Now, to give you a quick idea (as I have class in a few minutes) of just how far behind Purdue is, here is it's archrival IU's reporting of harassment when Googled: "To report incidents of harassment based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin, either call 855-4463 or write to trust@indiana.edu" (http://dsa.indiana.edu/ethics.html). Guess what I find when I Google Purdue's... this. I think that speaks for itself.

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