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Fall 2016 Location Characteristic Targeted
Incident Description
03/27/17 On Campus Apartment Patio Disability/Ethnicity/Race/Color
Religion
Students were seen making an arm gesture identified as a Hitler Salute.
02/15/17 On Campus National Origin/Race/Color A Facebook event description contained racial and geographic stereotypes.
 11/14/16 The SPA Ethnicity/National Origin Someone witnessed one student saying to another student (who was studying Spanish), “Spanish is stupid, Donald Trump is going to kick out all the Mexicans anyways. Just look at your professor straight dead in their eye and tell them I don’t need to learn this.”
 11/12/16 On Campus Ethnicity/Gender/Race/Color A Story Time presentation contained generalizations about ethnicity, gender, and race/color that were offensive to the reporting party.
 10/30/16 Parking lot between PPD and Hockey Rink Ethnicity A student was harassed because of their ethnicity.
 10/28/16 Dana Dining Hall Ethnicity A female student identified by the reporting party as white was dressed as a Native American.
 10/27/16 On Campus Religion/Creed Bloody tissues left outside of office, with possible Anti-Semitic connotation.
 10/21/16 Ground floor of Mary Low Residence Hall Gender Identity/Expression
Sexual Orientation
The gender non-binary/gender neutral signs on two single-occupancy restrooms were defaced. Red tape saying “Men” was put over one sign, and red tape saying “Women” was put over the other sign.
 10/20/16 The Pub Gender/National Origin/Race/Color Worker at the Pub engaged in biased treatment of students.
 9/18/16 Dana Dining Hall Ethnicity/National Origin/Race/Color A student was overheard jokingly saying, “Your ancestors already took all our land, what else?”
 9/16 Dana Lawn Ethnicity
Gender Identity/Expression
National Origin
Race/Color
Religion/Creed
Someone witnessed students with “smeared mud on their faces and dressed in ragged clothing” pounding on drums in a way that was interpreted as “mimicking the culture and rituals of indigenous populations.”

 

Spring 2016 Location Characteristic Targeted
Incident Description
4/19/16 Lovejoy Gender/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation A person reported that another student informed them that “I am not a rapist, but if I was I wouldn’t want to rape you, there are plenty of other girls for that..”
4/2/16 Bobs Dorm Anti-Semitism A person reported that two members of the basketball team dressed up as Hasidic Jews to celebrate their ninth Annual Mustachio Basho.
3/6/16 Off-campus Gender/Race/Ethnicity A person reported that they were assaulted on a bus while being transported from an off-campus party.
2/22/16 Miller Library Race/Ethnicity/Veteran Status A person reported that they were told “don’t colonize 020”; And there is also a yik yak towards “Asian Internationals” about “colonize 020” in offensive words.
2/21/16 Pugh Center Ability A student used the phrase “on the other hand”.
 
Jan Plan
 Location

Characteristic Targeted

Incident Description

1/22/16 Alfond Gender Expression/Sexual Orientation A person reported that they were watching a basketball game where Colby students were yelling “fag” at players on the opposing team.
1/14/16 Foss Dining Hall Race/Color/Ethnicity/Religion/Creed A person reported that two students were in conversation when they heard, person 1 say “What does ashy mean?” and person 2 “You need to hang around more black people!”
 FALL   2015

Location

Characteristic Targeted

Incident Description

12/16/15 Alfond Gym Gender/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation A person reported that a student in response to the ref making a call that a certain student did not like at the men’s basketball game, he screamed out in reply “What the hell is this? A women’s basketball game?” He continued to make multiple comments about women’s basketball and the WNBA.
12/18/15 Dana Dining Hall Ethnicity A person reported that they accidentally brought my wrong copy of Colby card that was marked lost, therefore, I couldn’t get into Dana. The student asked the person at the desk if it’s possible to get in since clearly the Colby card proved my identity. It was reported that the individual told the student that “I know it’s easy for you to get a guest swipe because look around there are so many Asians in the dining hall. They have no families and no friends, so they don’t use their guests swipes. I know that you know all of them. You know how I know that? Because you are Asian.”
12/11/15 Alfond Apartments Sexual Orientation A person reported that they were kissing a person of the same gender, when they were yelled at and pointed at by other people at the party.
12/9/15 Dana Beach Ethnicity/National Origin A person reported that while walking home, a group of students were pretending to have a luau, dressed in luau skirts and coconut bikinis screaming “for the fiftieth state.”
 12/6/15  Lorimer Chapel Religious Expression/Creed A person reported that the Catholic Chaplain’s office on the ground floor of Lorimer Chapel was defaced and [pro-life] flyers were taken.
 12/5/15 Between Hillside and the apartments  Sexual Orientation A person reported that three male students were in a group, when two of the students were shouting a homophobic slur at one of the males within the group.
12/5/15 Gym Gender/Sexual Orientation A person reported that during the Colby v. Bowdoin men’s basketball game, a person screamed statements about women and the WNBA to degrade the referee.
11/30/2015 Lovejoy Sexual Orientation A person reported that a group of men made homophobic comments about a peer prior to class.
11/14/15 Alfond Apartment Patio Gender identity/sexual orientation

Two students were on the patio when another student approached and, while giving them his middle finger, told the two students that “there are no lesbians allowed at my party”.

11/6/15 Dana, third floor hallway Religion

Student reported that she was told by another student that a swastika was drawn on the bulletin board. The student reporting indicated that it was then turned into a drawing of four squares by the time she saw it.

11/5/15 Alfond apt. first floor Race/national origin

At a Halloween party, a student reported seeing three students wearing a sombrero, poncho, and mustache as costumes.

10/20/15 Heights Race  *Two students, while attending a party reported that a student looked at them and said “hey, I don’t want to see any of that around here”. The students reported that they are a bi-racial couple.
 10/06/15 On-campus/Runnals Race/Ethnicity/Religion A white board in Runnals listing club theater performances and club presidents was defaced. Next to a name on the list was written “Nazi Cellist”.
 10/03/15 On-campus/Senior Apartments Gender Identity *A student reported that she was verbally harassed and intimidated by a male student while in the entry way of the apartments.
 09/26/15 On-campus/Blue Light Pub Race/Ethnicity/Natural Origin/Native Language
A student was asked by another student if he spoke Spanish. The student reported that the other student was persistent in telling the student he wanted to speak Spanish with him even though the student repeatedly indicated he did not want to engage with him using his native language.
Spring 2015   Location Characteristic Targeted
Incident Description
05/16/15 On-campus/
Spa
Race/ethnicity/
natural origin

* A student watching tv in the spa made racist comments about current events in Baltimore and with regard to his roommate.

05/03/15 On-
campus/Colby
Dancers
Performance
Gender Identity
national origin/
Race

A student reported that racist statements made during the performance by the hosts of the show.

04/14/15 On-
campus/
social
media
Race/ethnicity/
natural origin

A series of anonymous racist comments were posted to YikYak in response to a civil, organized protest aimed at raising awareness about issues of race in America.

04/14/15  On-
campus/
social
media
 Race/ethnicity/
natural origin

A series of anonymous racist comments were posted to YikYak in response to a civil, organized protest aimed at raising awareness about issues of race in America.

04/14/15 On-
campus/
social media
Race/ethnicity/
natural origin

A series of anonymous racist comments were posted to YikYak in response to a civil, organized protest aimed at raising awareness about issues of race in America.

Fall
2014
Location Characteristic Targeted
Incident Description
11/10/14 Heights                                                             Residence Hall Sexual Orientation A student reported multiple incidents of homophobia, harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence. These reported incidents were directed at students living in the Heights residence hall.
SPRING 2014 Location Characteristic Targeted
Incident Description
 05/10/14 Colby Facebook Confessions Sexual Orientation Student reported that occupants of a car yelled “faggot” as the car passed.
 05/09/14 Dana Residence Hall Race/Ethnicity Student reported that another student living in Dana has been making offensive slurs.
 02/24/14 Colby Facebook Confessions Race An anonymous post on the Colby Confessions Facebook page made a claim that a Colby student organization is racist based on its name and mission.
JAN PLAN 2014 Location
Characteristic Targeted
Incident Description
 01/20/14 Alfond                     Fitness Sexual Orientation A group of three students harassed another student during his workout. One of the three students called him a ‘fag’ and pulled off his headphones.
FALL 2013 Location Characteristic Targeted
Incident Description
 11/19/13 Dana 3rd floor: Posts   on Colby Confessions Facebook Religion Dana third floor bulletin board was defaced with the message ‘I hate the papists, they worship a man in a pointy hat.” Similar anonymous posts were made on the Facebook Confessions page.
 11/19/13 Heights Foyer Sexual Orientation Student was repeatedly yelled at and called a “fag” by another student
 10/30/13  Pulver Pavilion SPA  National           Origin/Ethnicity

A group of students having a conversation in their native language reported that a person confronted the group and chastised them for not speaking English in a public place and in an “English speaking” country.

 09/25/13 Miller Library Steps Religion Visitor to campus was heard shouting messages of religious intolerance from the library steps.
SPRING
2013
Location Characteristic Targeted
Incident Description
 03/11/13 On-line Homophobic Homophobic slur written as a response to a SGA survey.
 03/10/13 Foss, Third               Floor Gender Slur written on a white board.
02/17/13 Miller Library quad on Pulver side Homophobic Homophobic slur shouted by two male individuals at a student walking by.
JAN PLAN
2013
Location Characteristic Targeted
Incident Description
01/12/13 Bridge Club Rm Pugh Center Racial The Bridge clubroom pride flag was defaced with a racial slur.
FALL 2012 Location Characteristic Targeted
Incident Description
 11/16/12 Heights Roundabout Homophobic Homophobic slur shouted by a group of students at a student walking by.
 11/02/12 East Quad Lounge Ethnic Swastika carved into a pumpkin. *Report canceled, not a swastika.
 11/01/12 Off-Campus Racial Student dressed in a black-face for Halloween.
 10/22/12 White board, Door in Foss Racial Slur written on a sign-up sheet.
 09/24/12 Bulletin Board, Bixler Homophobic Slur written on a sign-up sheet.
 09/14/12 Pugh Center, 1st floor,
Common Space
Homophobic Discrimination by a student organization