For many college campuses, reporting certain incidences is something that is often very difficult to do. One of these reasons could be a lack of guidelines for how to do so online, and many of these incidences include but are not limited to bias based on identity, sexual violence and hazing. The University of Connecticut is working to combat this by creating a website that will receive all of these reports and direct them to be dealt with accordingly.
On Nov. 13, UConn President Thomas Katsouleas sent out an email to the UConn community that details some of these changes. With regards to the reporting website, Katsouleas said that he has directed Student Affairs, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion as well as the Office of Institutional Equity to create this website in order to make reporting much easier, and so that UConn as a whole can handle these incidences better by directing them appropriately.
This is a positive step for UConn. In many universities, it is difficult for students to report on certain incidences, especially incidences regarding sexual violence. With this website, students should hopefully feel safer reporting, and should get the help that they need.
Creating this website will also help UConn get better statistics about instances of sexual violence. Many universities have had problems getting such statistics, and therefore have trouble combating these problems. With a better website, more attention can be called to sexual violence, and the UConn community can work towards reducing sexual violence on campus.
This is true for the other incidences that Katsouleas has listed as well, including hazing and bias based on identity. With what has happened, especially recently, within the UConn community, the website should be helpful in combatting hazing and identity bias, which includes racism, sexism, violence against the LGBTQIA+ community and many other types of violence.
UConn will hopefully set an example for other universities to follow. With this new, streamlined reporting website, the environment at UConn will improve.