Supporting each other

Greetings to all members of the COCC community,

In the last several days, we have learned that some members of our COCC community and their friends and families are experiencing disturbing incidents that are considered intimidating and harassing. Similar behavior has been reported in communities and on campuses across our nation. We want you to know that we value each and every one of you, and that it is important to us to provide a safe, respectful, and inclusive learning and work environment. This commitment is an integral part of our mission, vision and values and an essential element of the COCC Principles of Community, a set of principles that provides guidance for who we are and how we act. The College will not tolerate behaviors that compromise or demean the dignity of individuals or groups, including discrimination, intimidation and hazing, taunting, baiting, ridiculing, threatening, insulting and/or harassing other individuals.

Should you witness or experience any of these behaviors, multiple resources are available. Please do not hesitate to contact any of the following should you need to talk with someone about an act of intolerance.

  • Diversity and Inclusion (Karen Roth, Director:; 541.383.7412)
  • Student Life (Andrew Davis, Director:; 541.383.7592)
  • Latino Student Program (Evelia Sandoval, Coordinator:; 541.318.3726)
  • Native American Student Program (Gina Ricketts, Coordinator:; 541.318.3782)
  • Human Resources (Danielle Fegley, Director:; 541.383.7219).
  • Personal Counseling - CAP Services (541.383.7200)

In addition to these departments, you can also connect with any COCC faculty or staff member for support.

While we understand it may not always feel comfortable to report such behaviors, COCC is committed to responding to all discriminatory actions or behaviors. We urge students or employees to report inappropriate actions by submitting an incident report, calling Student Life (541.383.7592) or contacting Campus Public Safety (541.383.7272). The resources listed above can also help you with this process.

The success of our students is our highest priority, one that is achieved by all of us working together as members of our community to foster a climate of mutual respect and caring. Let us reflect on how we can each enhance our efforts to ensure that everyone is accepted, included and valued. I thank you for doing what you do to make COCC a positive learning and work environment for everyone.


Dr. Shirley I. Metcalf