Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz testifies before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security on March 26, 2019. (Coast Guard photo)

Harassment, Hate Incident Procedures Updated in Coast Guard Civil Rights Manual

Changes have been made to the U.S. Coast Guard Civil Rights Manual in the procedure of how allegations of harassment and hate incidents are handled.

Chapter 3C, Prohibited Practices, on page (3-7). Figure 3-1 states “CO/OIC initiates administrative investigations and provides the report in writing to the next level manager or supervisor in the chain of the command and the Civil Rights Service Provider.” That changes to “CO/OIC initiates administrative
investigation and provides the report and the Findings and Outcomes memo, in writing, to the next level manager or supervisor in the chain of command. The Findings and Outcomes memo must also be provided to the Civil Rights Service Provider.”

Chapter 3F, Harassment Complaint Procedures, on page (3-12), paragraph (i) states “The CO/OIC will provide a copy of the relevant investigative report to the CRSP. The Civil Rights Service Provider must coordinate any further release of the report with the CO/OIC (Convening Authority.)” That changes to “The CO/OIC will provide a Findings and Outcomes memo, including a rationale for their decision, to the CRSP. The CO/OIC will coordinate any further release of their report.”

Chapter 3G, Hate Incidents and CO/OIC Responsibilities, on page (3-15), paragraph (4.b) states “The CO/OIC will provide a copy of the relevant investigative report to the CRSP. The Civil Rights Service Provider must coordinate any further release of the report with the corresponding CO/OIC (Convening Authority).” That changes to “The CO/OIC will provide Findings and Outcomes memo, including a rationale for their decision, to the CRSP. The CO/OIC will coordinate any further release of their report.”

Chapter 3G, Hate Incidents and CO/OIC Responsibilities, located on page (3-15), paragraph (4.c) states “While the decision of whether a hate incident occurred and what action may be appropriate resides with the CO/OIC, the CRSP and Staff Judge Advocate must be consulted for assistance.” That changes to “While the decision of whether a hate incident occurred and what action may be appropriate resides with the CO/OIC, the Staff Judge Advocate must be consulted for assistance.”

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