Campus Inclusion Team (CIT)
What is the Campus Inclusion Team (CIT)?
The CIT is made up of University of Iowa staff members in Student Care and Assistance (SCA) within the Office of the Dean of Students and the Center for Diversity and Enrichment (CDE) who are trained to provide support and resources to students who report a concern about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Concerns received by CIT may include anything perceived as discriminatory against aspects of identity or ideology.
What does the CIT do?
- Listens to and documents student concerns in a confidential manner
- Helps identify solutions
- Assists in development of a plan to resolve situations informally; the team’s focus will be the care of the individuals who have been affected
- Refers students to other appropriate offices—generally if a university policy has been violated or a crime has been committed
- Collects data for use in reporting out trends in diversity and inclusion concerns
- Provides information/offers of training to areas and departments where concerns are reoccurring
What doesn’t the CIT do?
- Conduct investigations
- Impose discipline (Cases of Code of Student Life violations would be referred from the Student Care and Assistance area to the Student Conduct area within the Office of the Dean of Students)
Students can report a concern in various ways:
What happens after a concern is reported?
Once a report is received:
- Case information is entered in the Maxient database.
- The case is reviewed to determine if referral is needed.
- CIT provides the student or students involved with guidance and resources, and follows-up with student(s) as needed.
- CIT staff maintain confidentiality to the extent they are able within their positions and roles as mandatory reporters.
- Demographics and other basic data (location of event, type of concern) about each case are entered into a secure, anonymous database (i.e., Maxient), with a case number assigned to each case.
- The database is solely for the purpose of collecting trend data on the types and general locations of reported concerns to inform UI’s diversity and inclusion practices.
- All paper information tied to reported concerns is shredded to maintain confidentiality.
- Summary reports of type and number of concerns handled will be published to the CIT website and shared via university communications channels each semester.
- A CIT Advisory Board shares CIT information and guides CIT through the remaining implementation phases.
- Phase I implementation began spring 2017.
- Only students can report concerns during this first phase.
The Campus Inclusion Team website includes a definition and examples. inclusionteam.uiowa.edu/