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Responding to Bias Incidents

  • Dean of Students in consultation with Bias Response Taskforce (if needed), may respond to reported incidents in the following ways:
      • Review all reports of bias submitted to the Taskforce to learn more about what happened and what kind of response may be appropriate.
      • Consider whether the incident has potential free speech or academic freedom implications.
      • Determine what issues the report presents and which campus partners should be involved in the discussion about how best to respond.
      • Conduct an impact assessment to help determine response recommendations and actions. Considerations may include but are not limited to:
          • Which University members and communities are most directly impacted, and what support do they need (e.g., witnesses to the bias act, affinity groups, etc.)?
          • What other University members may be impacted by, or have a particular interest in this bias incident report (e.g. faculty, staff, students)
          • Are there off-campus constituencies that may be impacted by this bias incident?
          • To what extent could this bias incident create a rupture in the campus community?
          • Is the incident part of a pattern of bias incidents targeting a particular identity or community?
          • Is there any historical or present-day context that should be considered?
  • The Taskforce then provides recommendations for responses that may include but are not limited to:
      • Reach out to any directly impacted individuals immediately to let them know that the bias incident report has been received, provide resources for support, and learn more about their preferred response.
      • Contact students, groups, or other members of the community who may also be affected by the incident and need assistance or support. 
      • As appropriate, provide educational information to parties involved in the bias incident report about the University's commitment to equity, inclusion, academic freedom, and freedom of expression.
      • As appropriate, convene Bias Response Taskforce to determine the need for a campus-wide response or other action steps necessary for maintaining an environment conducive to learning, living, and working.
      • Refer the bias incident report to investigative offices as appropriate, such as Public Safety, The Dean of Students Office, Social Equity, and the appropriate Vice President.
      • Assist in coordinating opportunities for community dialogue and education as needed (e.g., listening sessions, training, town halls, panels).
      • Consider what communications are needed to effectively inform the campus community and impacted groups about bias incidents and responses.
  • Reports of bias incidents that could violate University policy or the law
      • The Dean of Students, and or Taskforce, will refer potential violations of University policy or law to the proper University offices and law enforcement agencies. The Bias Response Team does not have an investigatory or disciplinary role.