What is a Bias Incident?
A bias incident is an activity or action against a person’s or group’s actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, religion, creed, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, uniformed service, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, social or economic status, or whether the person is a nonsmoker, as long as the person complies with University policy concerning smoking. While these acts may or may not be protected speech or rise to the level of a crime, a violation of state law, university policy, or the Code of Student Conduct, a bias incident may contribute to an unsafe, negative, hostile or unwelcoming environment for the target; anyone who shares the same social identity as the target, and/or, community members of the University. Acts of bias may or may not intend to intimidate, demean, mock, degrade, marginalize, or threaten an individual’s or group’s actual or perceived identities. Acts of bias can occur with or without the intent to cause harm.
How do I report an act of bias, hatred, and/or identity-based violence?
To report an instance of bias, hatred, racism, or identity-based violence, please use the Red reporting button to the left.
What happens once a BIRT report is submitted?
This form goes to the Bias Incident Response Coordinator (BIRC) during normal business hours and is not monitored after hours, on weekends, or during official university holidays. The BIRC is responsible for reviewing the report and getting it to the appropriate University officials. Reports can be made anonymously.
For more information on BIRT and reporting, please visit the Office of Institutional Diversity website.