One complaint we hear often is that people report discrimination, but nothing is ever done. One reason for this sentiment is that even when a wrongdoer is sanctioned, almost no one finds out about it due to confidentiality concerns. This undermines the possibility of general deterrence for the community and prevents a feeling of closure for the complainant.
We are working on multiple projects that aim to better balance the often competing concerns for privacy and transparency. One project — the Public Accountability Report — will provide anonymized descriptive statistics about sanctions that have been meted out in the past. The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is also tasked with investigating certain complaints involving conduct that is likely to have a substantial negative impact on campus climate. As part of our broader mission to promote transparency, we plan to publicly disclose this subset of investigations to the extent consistent with policy and law.