The University maintains a Bias Response Team (BRT). The purpose of the BRT is to coordinate the University’s response to bias-related incidents that affect the campus community.
The BRT makes assessments of incidents; refers affected persons to appropriate offices such as Public Safety, Compliance and Equity Management, and other support services; communicates with university administration and the campus community; and helps educate the campus about the ill effects of bias in order to maintain a campus environment of mutual respect.
A bias-related incident is defined as any word or action directed toward an individual or group based upon actual or perceived identity characteristics or background of a group or person that is harmful or hurtful. Some bias-related incidents may be contrary to law or policy, while some may be speech protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. Examples of identity characteristics or background include age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or other bases protected by federal or state law or university policy. A bias incident is an action taken by an individual or group that may involve, but is not limited to:
- damage to property
- sending threatening mail or e-mail
- verbal harassment
- writing racial slurs or graffiti
- and other bias-motivated behavior that contributes or enables an unsafe and hostile campus environment.
More information about the Bias Response Team can be found on their website.