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Bias Response Team

What can we do?

When you report a bias-based incident, you can expect:

  • Respectful listening
  • Confidentiality (rare exceptions to confidentiality will be explained to you)
  • A timely response
  • Reasonable protection against retaliation
  • Established procedures will be followed
  • There will be a defined conclusion to the process

If the perpetrator of the incident can be identified and if established policies or laws are violated, disciplinary or criminal action will be taken.

Although the BRT itself is not a punitive body, we are still effective when dealing with incidents of bias.

There are 4 primary ways that the BRT helps when an incident of Bias occurs.

First, the BRT can assign an advocate to someone who is utilizing the services on campus. Forms and procedures can sometimes be difficult to maneuver, and having a trained staff member as a guide or someone to talk to sometimes helps through this process.

Second, the BRT can recommend existing campus resources, like the Office of Affirmative Action, Counseling Center or the Department of Public Safety. Your BRT advocate can assist you in connecting to additional resources.

Third, the BRT can assist in creating solutions. For example, if a student felt uncomfortable in a classroom the BRT could work with the faculty member to assure the student could stay caught up in the class or make other arrangments in colaboration with the student and the faculty.