Violence Intervention Prevention Center
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Bias Incident Support

The VIP Center is expanding services to provide support and advocacy to those who have experienced bias or identity-based violence.

What is a Bias Incident?

Any activity that intimidates, demeans, mocks, degrades, marginalizes, or threatens individuals or groups based on that individual's or group's actual or perceived:

  • Ability (physical, psychological and cognitive)
  • Age
  • Ancestry
  • Citizenship or immigration status
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Gender Identity
  • Gender Expression
  • Parenting and pregnancy status
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Religious practice
  • Sexual orientation
  • Veteran status

A bias incident can occur whether the act was intentional or unintentional, and may or may not be a legal act. In identifying a bias incident, the focus is on the impact on an individual or group, not the intention or motivation of the actor. (Adapted from ACPA Bias Incidents Prevention and Response Policy and Protocol)

What services does VIP provide for anyone impacted by an instance of identity-based violence or harassment based on identity or perceived identity?

  • Support at the time of crisis
  • Resources to support an individual's physical, emotional and academic well-being
  • Information and assistance with reporting options in the campus and community

Who can access Bias Incident Support Services?

  • Undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional students
  • Faculty
  • Staff

Are services confidential?

Unless there is a legal reporting requirement, VIP advocates can provide confidential services. Advocates are available to discuss individual concerns regarding confidentiality to ensure that those reporting are well informed of their rights and limitations of confidentiality.

How do I access services?

Those seeking services can call 859-257-3189 or email Carol Taylor-Shim or to arrange an appointment or drop in Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm, to schedule an appointment. For urgent needs outside of business hours, you may contact UKPD 257-1616 or call 911.


Click here to make an official report of bias to the University of Kentucky.

A Bias Incident Response Team (B.I.R.T.) is the entity through which incidents of identity-based violence and harassment can be reported, reviewed and appropriate action can be taken by the University.
This will allow the University to respond to individual incidents and to examine trends and themes that need to be addressed.