Dean of Students

Climate Response Team

The University maintains a Climate Response Team (CRT) led in partnership between the Chief Diversity Officer and Student Affairs staff to respond to incidents of hate or bias. Individuals who have experienced an instance of hate or bias as a part of the University of Northern Iowa community are encouraged to submit a Climate Response Team form and work with members of the CRT in response. 

What is a Hate/Bias Incident?
Any physically or verbally harmful act that is motivated by (or appears to be motivated by, in whole or in part) any of the following factors: race, religion, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability.

What should be reported?
Please be aware that our reports may be subject to disclosure under Iowa's Public Records law. Names of students are confidential, but employee names and other information may be made public if requested. If you do not wish to create a record that may be subject to disclosure, or have any other questions or concerns please Gwenne Berry, Chief Diversity Officer, by phone at 319-273-2820 or in person at Seerley Hall 1 before submitting a report.

Who should complete this form?
Anyone who has experienced, witnessed, or learned of a hate/bias incident should complete this form. You may fill out as much or as little information as you choose, but in order for the University to respond most effectively, it is important to include as much information as possible. Please include your name if you wish to be contacted. If you are under 18 years of age and do not want to make an official police report, do not include your name on this form.

What is the purpose of submitting a report
The purpose of this reporting form is to monitor the occurrence of hate/bias incidents both on and off campus. The identity of the victim/target will be kept confidential to the maximum extent possible under applicable state and federal law. Submitting this form may or may not result in criminal or university action, depending on the type of incident and the victim’s willingness to take further action.