Andrew Bluebond, writing in Port Side, which describes itself as "a progressive magazine dedicated to advancing debate at the Claremont Colleges with thoughtful insights and reporting," comments on the colleges' use of "bias-related incident" reporting as a way to document students' grievances with all sorts of perceived verbal affronts that make life less "welcoming" on campus.
He notes that providing for these reports is usually the most that can be done, since actual discipline for "hate speech" alone is legally difficult.
But the bias-related incident complaints are not helpful if they are vague or otherwise underinformative, Bluebond says.
If the details of each incident were made available, the reports could be a tool for prospective students to assess how welcome they would feel at a given campus. As Gerbick mentioned, the process is subjective. Current and prospective students should be allowed to know the details of the incidents so they can make their own assessments of the situation. Marañas recent email describing anti-Christian slurs and a sexually explicit drawing did not provide enough information for readers to form their own opinions of the situation. CMC may be afraid of spreading offensive content by reprinting the details, but that can be solved with a disclaimer or warning within the email. Without the specifics of each incident, community members are left to speculate absent proper evidence. The school should also keep in mind that the best way to eradicate bigotry is to shine a light on itto make those who spread hatred stand by their biases in a public forum.