At the core of The Clark Commitment is the fundamental principle: “I know that my choices affect my well-being and the well-being of others on campus and in the community.”
It also is fundamental to consider how we address individuals whose actions appear to be in contrast with that Commitment as we work to maintain a positive, safe, and supportive learning environment during a pandemic.
While not wearing a mask or social distancing violates the Commitment, those actions are not crimes and, therefore, calling the police is not the appropriate course of action. If you do choose to intervene in this situation, please operate within the following framework.
When deciding to approach someone who isn’t adhering to The Clark Commitment, center your engagement around the following:
This step refers to the underlying mindset of the interaction. We need to strive to create a culture of support during this trying time. Actions and responses should be centered around supporting individuals, groups, or the larger Clark community. It is important to keep the points below in mind:
An important component to changing behavior is to provide the resources needed to promote the desired behavior, instead of simply pointing out the “wrong” behavior. Refer the individual to supplies, information, and/or further support, such as:
Even with the above guidelines, no one can account for how an individual will react when approached. If a situation escalates in a manner that is uncomfortable for you, you always have the right to stop engaging and walk away. After going through this process, if you feel the situation requires further attention, you can share your concerns through this confidential form.
Erica Beachy is director of wellness education at Clark. Peyton Wu is associate director of multicultural and first-generation student support.